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Cellular and Molecular Biology

The explosion of information that has occurred over the last 50 years in the areas of cellular and molecular biology is truly staggering, and the discoveries that have been made have revolutionized the way we understand biological systems. To provide students with a foundation for these immense areas of knowledge, all students in biology are required to take BIO 211 (Cell Biology and Biochemistry, formerly Eukaryotic Cell Biology). The department then offers a rich array of courses that explore the cellular and molecular bases for biological processes in all organisms. The following courses, in addition to the Biology core and Chemistry support courses, would be very useful if you are planning a career in the areas of cellular and molecular biology.


  • BIO 211 – Cell Biology and Biochemistry (formerly Eukaryotic Cell Biology)
  • BIO 312 – Microbiology
  • BIO 410 – Advances in Molecular Biology
  • BIO 413 – Microscopic Anatomy and Techniques
  • BIO 434 – Molecular Biology of Gene Expression
  • BIO 444 – Molecular Immunology and Human Disease
  • BIO 450 – Advanced Eukaryotic Cell Biology
  • BIO 451 – Developmental Biology
  • BIO 461 – Evolution
  • BIO 467 – Electron Microscopy
  • BIO 480 – Neurobiology
  • BIO 493 — Independent Research with one of the faculty members doing research in cellular or molecular biology


  • CHE 310 – Analytical Chemistry
  • CHE 350 – Essentials of Biochemistry
  • CHE 410 – Instrumental Analysis