Major in molecular biology/biochemistry
55-58 credit hours
- Biol 115, Ecology and Evolution 4
- Biol 120, Cell Biology and Genetics 4
- Biol 130, Organismal Biology 4
- One of the following4
- Biol 311, Advanced Molecular Genetics
- Biol 341, Advanced Cell Biology
- One of the following4
- Biol 302, Developmental Biology
- Biol 303, Vertebrate Physiology
- Biol 331, Junior Research Seminar 2
- Biol 409, Internship 0-3
- Biol 410, Biology Senior Seminar 1
- Chem 111-112, General Chemistry 8
- Chem 303-304, Organic Chemistry 8
- Chem 430, Biochemistry 4
- Math 211, Calculus I 4
- Phys 203-204, General Physics 8
Student learning outcomes
Graduates in molecular biology/biochemistry will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of core biological principles spanning all levels of hierarchy (cells to ecosystems).
- Provide examples of the fundamental role that evolutionary principles have in structuring biological systems from the cell to ecosystems.
- Design and implement experiments through developing research questions, designing research methods, and interpreting and analyzing data using statistical techniques.
- Use strong oral and writing skills to communicate scientific concepts.
- Articulate how faith and/or worldview informs personal bioethical attitudes and behaviors.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the dynamic nature of interactions between the cell and its environment.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the cell as an integrated system that can cooperate and organize to form more complex integrated structures.
- Demonstrate safety and competence in laboratory skills: cell culture techniques, DNA/RNA isolation and analysis, gel electrophoresis, and microscopy.
Planning and advising notes
Recommended elective courses: Psyc 100, General Psychology; additional biology courses; Chem 200, Analytical Chemistry; Chem 310, Thermodynamics; and Chem 312, Quantum Mechanics I.
Graduates with a molecular biology major are well-prepared for further study in medical or graduate school, or direct entry into the job market. Molecular biology provides a foundation for careers in biochemistry, molecular biology, behavior genetics, molecular genetics, biotechnology, genetics, molecular medicine, genomics, proteomics, molecular diagnostics, drug discovery and many related areas.
A double major in biology, environmental science, or molecular biology/biochemistry is not allowed.
|First year||Goshen Core
Ecology & Evolution (fall)
Cell Biology & Genetics (spring)
Organismal Biology (spring)
|Second year||Goshen Core
|Third year||Goshen Core
Junior Research Seminar
|Fourth year||Balance of Goshen Core
Balance of major
Biology Senior Seminar