Molecular Cell Biology Undergraduate Program

Bachelors of Science in Molecular Cell Biology

The primary objective of the BS degree program in Molecular Cell Biology is to prepare students for careers in fields that require advanced knowledge of molecular biology, in particular those that relate to human health and welfare. Examples of such fields include, but are not limited to, medicine, pharmacology, pathology, genetic testing and counseling, biotechnology, nanotechnology, teaching, and basic research. The proposed program will focus on the molecular biology of eukaryotic organisms, which sets it apart from the current program in Microbiology, which focuses on prokaryotic organisms. It will emphasize our understanding of the molecular biology of human health, disease and treatment, differentiating it from the existing Biology program. The second objective and natural consequence of a program in Molecular Cell Biology is human resource support for the medical school, UH graduate programs, and biotechnology businesses that provide services and economic opportunities to communities throughout the state of Hawaiʻi.

Student Learning Objectives

For a BS in Molecular Cell Biology, student will be able to:
Biological Knowledge:
Synthesis and Application
1. Student will be able to explain the molecular processes that integrate to create a functional eukaryotic cell.
Critical Thinking and Reasoning Skills2. Demonstrate scientific literacy by critically evaluating scientific evidence, identifying gaps in knowledge, and applying strong evidence-based biological arguments to real-world problems.
3. Apply the scientific method to generate new hypotheses, formulate experimental approaches and outline potential outcomes, applying appropriate logical and quantitative methods.
Values4. Work individually and in teams in an ethical manner, and demonstrate respect for diversity of viewpoints
Communication skills5. In oral and written forms, be able to communicate biological information clearly and professionally.

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