Bachelor of Science (BS) in
Molecular Cell Biology (MCB)

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Program Objectives


BS Degree Course Requirements

To earn a BS degree in Molecular Cell Biology, all candidates will be required to complete the college program requirements for the BS degree, which includes fulfilling any Arts and Sciences requirement and UHM General Education requirements [consult with a Arts and Sciences advisor and click on BS degree Program Requirement Sheets at Arts and Sciences Program Sheet web page]. 

        The course requirements for the BS degree in MCB can be divided into three categories: basic science, MCB core, and MCB elective courses, details of which are listed below.  Basic science courses are intended to prepare students for upper-level coursework.  MCB core courses form the foundation of the degree.  And, MCB elective courses allow students to tailor their degree to suit their needs and interests.  The number of program credits is intended to allow students to graduate with a competitive BS degree in MCB in four years.

         The MCB core courses were chosen for the following reasons.  Genetics and Biochemistry traditionally serve as basis of any program in molecular cell biology.  They describe the basic concepts of molecular interactions required for understanding how the constituents of a cell carry out basic cellular functions.  Cellular Biology and Molecular Biology form the heart of the program, integrating the basic concepts of biochemistry and genetics with organelle and sub-cellular functions to describe a living cell.  In addition to focusing the program on human health and disease processes, Immunology and the Biology of Cancer challenge students to apply their basic knowledge of molecular cell biology in more specialized fields, two of the most heavily researched fields in all of biology and healthcare.  Finally, Research Ethics equips students with the tools necessary to identify and evaluate the ethics of research in molecular cell biology and its potential outcomes for research subjects, researchers, and society.  Elective courses allow students to apply their basic knowledge of molecular cell biology in more specialized fields of their choice.


BS in Molecular Cell Biology course requirements

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To see a sample 4 year schedule for a MCB degree and important registration information, go to the the College of Arts and Sciences Student Academic Services-Microbiology web page


Basic science course requirements

1 BIOL172+172L, Introduction to Biology II 4
2 BIOL275+275L, Cell and Molecular Biology 4
3 CHEM161+161L & CHEM162+162L, General Chemistry I & II  8
4 CHEM272+272L & CHEM273, Organic Chemistry I & II 8
5 Either MATH215 & MATH216, Applied Calculus I & II or
    MATH241 & MATH242, Calculus I & II
7 or 8
6 Either PHYS151-151L & PHYS152-152L, College Physics I & II or
    PHYS170-170L & PHYS272-272L, General Physics I & II
8 or 9
  Sub Total 36-41

MCB core course requirements

1 BIOL375+375L, Concepts of Genetics 4
2 MBBE/BIOL402 or BIOC441, Biochemistry 4
3 MCB461, Immunology 3
4 BIOL407, Molecular Biology  (Molecular Cell Biology I) 3
5 MBBE/BIOL408 Molecular Cell Biology  II (formerly BIOL406) 3
6 BIOL408L Cell Biology Lab (currently not available) 2
7 MCB472, Biology of Cancer (Capstone course) 3
8 MCB314, Research Ethics (currently not available) 1
  Sub Total 23
MCB elective courses (minimum 11 credits, to include 2 laboratory class)
  BIOL/BOT/ZOOL/MICR499, Directed Research 1-3
  ICS475, Intro to Bioinformatics Sequences and Genomes Analysis 3
  MATH304, Mathematical Modeling I Deterministic Models 4
  MATH305, Mathematical Modeling II Probabilistic Models 4
  MICR351/351L, Biology of Microorganisms 5
  MICR431+ optional 431L, Microbial Physiology 3 or 5
  MICR461L, Immunology 2
  MICR470, Microbial Pathogenesis 3
  MICR475 + optional 475L, Bacterial Genetics 3 or 5
  MICR490 + optional 490L, Animal Virology 3 or 5
  MBBE405, Microbial Biotechnology 3
  PHYL301 + optional 301L, Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 or 5
  ZOOL420 + optional 420L, Developmental Biology 3 or 5
  ZOOL442, Introduction to Neuroscience 3
  Select graduate-level courses by permission  
  Total 69