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To fulfill the biology core component, students must complete CELL 1010, CELL 2050, CELL 3030, and CELL 3750. Students must take one biochemistry course, either CELL 4010 or CENG 4450 +CENG 4460 or CHEM 3830 + 3840. Students must also take either CELL 3755 or CELL 3035, and one additional 3 or 4 credit CELL lecture or lecture/lab course. Note: Cell & Molecular will no longer give AP or IB credit for CELL 1030 & 1035 (Heredity and Society lecture and lab.) A score of 5 on the AP exam or 7 on the IB exam will earn either credit for CELL 1010 (Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology) or 4 hours of credit for CELL 1500 + CELL 1505. A score of 4 on the AP exam or 6 on the IB exam will earn 3 hours of credit for CELL 1500. CELL 1500 or CELL 1505 credit does not count as electives for the CELL major or minor. No more than 4 hours of credit can be earned from AP or IB testing. Those students who wish to attend medical school are advised that many medical schools only allow courses taken in accredited biology and chemistry departments to count toward their prerequisites for admission and do not accept AP or IB credit..
An additional three elective courses are required, and at least two of the three must be laboratory courses. Students may use approved courses from other departments to fulfill the elective component. One course involving independent laboratory research (4910, 4920, H4990 or H5000) may be used as a laboratory course.
Students must complete one approved capstone course within the biology components. The capstone requirement can be fulfilled by CELL 3400, Regenerative Biology; CELL 4250, Principles of Immunology; CELL 4260, Biomedical Writing; CELL 4440, Advanced Molecular Biology; CELL 4910/4920, Research Independent Studies or CELL 4990/5000, Honors Thesis.
Our Major Requirements Checklist is a tool that helps students monitor their progress towards completion of the major, and determine what courses will satisfy a particular requirement.
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