Cell, Molecular and Medical Biology, Emphasis

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
Critical Thinking Course3
Critical Thinking Course
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication3
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 14
MTH 140Applied Calculus3
Core II Humanities3
Core II Social Science3
Core II Fine Arts3
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
Multicultural or International3
BSC 491 Bison image Capstone Experience 22
Major-Specific
BSC 121 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 14
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I3
CHM 217 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab I2
CHM 212 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles Chemistry II3
CHM 218 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab II2
CHM 355Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 356Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 361Intro Organic Chm Lab3
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II3
PHY 204 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics 2 Laboratory1
BSC 491 Bison image Capstone Experience (C) 22
Area of Emphasis-Specific
BSC 324 Cap graduation image Principles of Genetics4
BSC 302 Cap graduation image Principles of Microbiology3
BSC 322Principles Cell Biology4
CHM 365Introductory Biochemistry3
BSC 310 Cap graduation image Comp Vertebrate Anatomy4
BSC 450 Cap graduation image Molecular Biology3
BSC 420Plant Physiology4
or BSC 422 Animal Physiology
AoE Elective
Select three of the following:9
Vertebrate Embryology
Microbiology Lab
Prin of Organic Evolution
Biostatistics
Animal Parasitology
Medical Entomology
Neuroscience
Emerging Infect Diseases
Introductory Immunology
Princ Adv Techn Mol Biol
Genes and Development
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective2

Major Information

  • Students must pass BSC 120 Principles of Biology and earn a grade of C or better in BSC 121 Principles of Biology, CHM 211 Principles of Chemistry I, and CHM 212 Principles Chemistry II before they can enroll in any upper-level BSC course except BSC 227 Human Anatomy, BSC 228 Human Physiology and BSC 250 Microbiol & Human Disease.
  • In addition to the Core General Education requirements, the College of Science requires 3 hours of Calculus, and 40 hours of upper level credit.
  • The CHM coursework provides a Chemical Sciences minor.
  • Coursework listed as “elective” may vary for each student. Students are encouraged to use elective hours toward a 2nd minor or toward prerequisites.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to select courses that meet two or more Core or College requirements. For example, a writing intensive literature course could satisfy the Core II Humanities requirement as well as the University writing intensive requirement.
  • Course offerings and course attributes are subject to change. Please consult each semesters schedule of courses for availability and attributes.
  • Calculus I requires ACT Mathematics score of 27 or higher. Students with an ACT Mathematics score less than 27 will be placed in the appropriate mathematics courses.
  • All Biological Science majors are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of credits in the Department of Biological Sciences.

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Four Year Plan

The Department of Biological Sciences is committed to teaching students about the science of life from molecular to global scales. A degree in Biological Sciences prepares students for careers and graduate study in diverse fields such as human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, biomedical and pharmaceutical research, environmental consulting, wildlife ecology, and K12 or higher education. Students completing the Area of Emphasis in Cell, Molecular and Medical Biology will be prepared for a wide range of careers in fields including biotechnology, cell biology, medicine and/or medical research.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 4
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 217 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab I 2
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition 3
MTH 140 Applied Calculus 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
BSC 121 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 4
CHM 212 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles Chemistry II 3
CHM 218 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab II 2
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
BSC 324 Cap graduation image Principles of Genetics 4
CHM 355 Organic Chemistry I 3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition 3
PSY 201 Bison image
or SOC 200 Bison image
Introductory Psychology (CT) (Core II Social Science)
or Introductory Sociology (CT)
3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
BSC 302 Cap graduation image Principles of Microbiology 3
CHM 356 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 361 Intro Organic Chm Lab 3
Free Elective (MTH 122 rec for PHY PR) 3
Core I Critical Thinking 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
BSC 322 Principles Cell Biology 4
CHM 365 Introductory Biochemistry 3
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I 3
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory 1
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
BSC 310 Cap graduation image Comp Vertebrate Anatomy 4
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II 3
PHY 204 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics 2 Laboratory 1
Core II Humanities 3
AoE Elective 3
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
First Semester
BSC 450 Cap graduation image Molecular Biology 3
Free Elective 3
Multicultural or International 3
Writing Intensive 3
BSC 420
Plant Physiology
or Animal Physiology
4
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
BSC 491 Bison image Capstone Experience (C) 2
Writing Intensive 3
AoE Elective 3
AoE Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours120