Biological Sciences (BS): Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology (17BIOSCBS-17BIOSCMCD)

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
LSC 101 Critical Creative Thinking Life Sci* 2 BIO 183 Intro Bio: Cellular & Molecular 4
BIO 181 Intro Bio: Ecol, Evol, Biodiversity 4 CH 221 Organic Chemistry I 3
CH 101 Chemistry-A Molecular Science 3 CH 222 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CH 102 General Chemistry Lab 1 ENG 101 Academic Writing & Research* 4
MA 1311 Calc. Life & Mgmt Sci. A 3 MA 2311 Calculus Life & Mgmt Sci. B 3
LSC 103 Exploring Opportunities Life Sci 1
GEP Health & Exercise Studies Req* 1
15 15

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
BIO 250 Animal Anatomy & Physio2 4 GN 311 Principles of Genetics 4
CH 223 Organic Chemistry II 3 GN 312 Elementary Genetics Lab 1
CH 224 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 CH 201 Chemistry-A Quantitative Sci. 3
Free Elective3 3 CH 202 Quantitative Chemistry Lab 1
GEP Social Sciences Requirement* 3 GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives Req* 3
GEP Health & Exercise Studies Req* 1 Learning Experience Elective6 3
15 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
PY 2114 College Physics I 4 PY 2124 College Physics II 4
BIO 361 Developmental Biology OR GN 434 3 BIO/PB 414 Cell Biology 3
BCH 351 OR 451 Biochemistry 4 BIT 410 Manip of Recombinant DNA 4
Advanced Writing Requirement5 3 Free Elective7 3
GEP Humanities Requirement* 3 GEP Humanities Requirement* 3
17 17

Senior Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
MCD Elective8 3 MCD Elective8 3
MCD Elective8 3 Science and Math Elective7 4
Science and Math Elective7 4 GEP Social Sciences Req* 3
GEP Additional Breadth Req* 3 Free Elective3 3
Free Elective3 3
16 13

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 123

MCD  Footnotes
A grade of C- or better is required in the following courses:
LSC 101Critical and Creative Thinking in the Life Sciences
BIO 181 Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity
BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIO 361 Developmental Biology or GN 434 Genes and Development
BIO/PB 414 Cell Biology
BIT 410 Manipulation of Recombinant DNA
BCH 351 or 451 Biochemistry
GN 311 Principles of Genetics
GN 312 Elementary Genetics Lab

Physiology Requirement2
MA 131 Calculus for Life and Management Sciences A
MA 231 Calculus for Life and Management Sciences B
CH 101/102 Chemistry – A Molecular Science & Lab
CH 221/222 Organic Chemistry I & Lab
CH 223/224 Organic Chemistry II & Lab
CH 201/202 Chemistry – A Quantitative Science & Lab
PY 211 College Physics I
PY 212 College Physics II

MCD Electives8
Advanced Writing Requirement5
ENG 101 Academic Writing & Research

Taking courses for credit only (S/U): PE, Free Electives and courses offered only for S/U credit can be applied to graduation requirements. Students should check with their adviser before electing to take any course that normally is graded A-F as an S/U course.

1 Mathematics Alternatives
MA 141 and MA 241 is a suitable substitute for MA 131 and MA 231.

2 Physiology Alternative
BIO 212 or BIO 240 or BIO 245 can be substituted for BIO 250.

3 Free Electives (take 12 credit hours)
These electives cannot be remedial nor can they be taken at an elementary level after you have taken comparable coursework at a more advanced level. ST 311 is recommended as a Free Elective.  Students interested in graduate school or professional school should check the courses required for admission to the programs to which they plan to apply.

4 Physics Alternatives
PY 205 and PY 208 can be substitutes for PY 211 and PY 212.  PY 205 and PY 208 are calculus-based and require that you take the 40 series of Mathematics1 (MA 141 and MA 241).  PY 201 and PY 202 would also be a suitable substitute for PY 211 and PY 212.  PY 201 and PY 202 are calculus-based, require the 40 series of Mathematics1, and are restricted to students in PAMS.

5 Advanced Writing Requirement (take one course)

Learning Experience Elective (take one course for 3 credit hours)
Learning experience in an appropriate area (research, teaching, or other professional experience), with prior approval by faculty adviser, prospective supervisor, and departmental undergraduate coordinator. Contact and arrangements with prospective supervisors is the responsibility of the student. Talk to your advisor about this requirement.

7 Additional Science & Math Electives (take 8 credit hours)
Course may be selected from the Sci & Math Electives list. Students also can use up to 3 hours of BIO 269 or BIO 444 or BIO 456 or  BIO 492 or BIO 493 or BIO 498/499 (must complete both) toward this requirement. Students interested in graduate school or professional school should check the courses required for admission to the programs to which they plan to apply.

8 MCD Electives (take 9 credit hours)

BCH 452 Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory
BCH 453 Biochemistry of Gene Expression
BCH 455 Proteins and Molecular Mechanisms
BIO 370 Developmental Anatomy of the Vertebrates
BIO 375 Developmental Anatomy Laboratory
BIO 405 Functional Histology
BIO 421 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 426 Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab
BIO 482 Capstone Course in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
BIT 462 Gene Expression Analysis: Microarrays
BIT 463 Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms
BIT 464 Protein Purification
BIT 465 Real-time PCR Techniques
BIT 466 Animal Cell Culture Techniques
BIT 467 PCR and DNA Fingerprinting
BIT 468 Genome Mapping
BIT 470 Advanced Animal Cell Culture: Bioreactor Culture
BIT 471 RNA Interference and Model Organisms
BIT 473 Experimental Analysis of Protein-Protein Interactions
BIT 474 Plant Genetic Engineering
BIT 476 Applied Bioinformatics
BIT 477 Metagenomics
BIT 478 Mapping the Brain
BIT 481 Plant Tissue Culture and Transformation
CHE 463 Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms
GN 427 Introductory Bioinformatics
GN 441/541 Human and Biomedical Genetics
MB 351 General Microbiology
MB 352 General Microbiology Laboratory
MB 411 Medical Microbiology
MB 412 Medical Microbiology Laboratory
MB 414 Microbial Metabolic Regulation
MB 420 Fundamentals of Microbial Cell Biotransformations
MB 435 Bacterial Pathogenesis
MB 441 Immunology
MB 455 Microbial Biotechnology
MB 461 Molecular Virology
PB 421 Plant Physiology
PB 480 Introduction to Plant Biotechnology
PB 481 Plant Tissue Culture and Transformation

*General Education Program (GEP) requirements and GEP Footnotes
To complete the requirements for graduation and the General Education Program, the following category credit hours and co-requisites must be satisfied. University approved GEP course lists for each of the following categories can be found at https://oucc.dasa.ncsu.edu/general-education-program/.

Introduction to Writing: ENG 101 (4 credit hours with a C- or better) Must be taken during the first year.
Mathematical Sciences (6 credit hours; one course with MA or ST prefix)
In MCD, this GEP requirement is met through the Major course requirements.
Natural Sciences (7 credit hours; include one laboratory course or course with a lab)
In MCD, this GEP requirement is met through the Major course requirements.
Humanities (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes)
Choose from the University approved GEP Humanities course list.  Some courses on this list will also meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge co-requisites.
Social Sciences (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes)
Choose from the University approved GEP Social Sciences course list. Some courses on this list will also meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge co-requisites.
Health and Exercise Studies (2 credit hours; at least one HESF 100-level Course)
Choose from the University approved GEP Health and Exercise Studies course list.
Additional Breadth (3 credit hours)
Choose from the University approved GEP Humanities course list or the GEP Social Sciences course list or the GEP Visual & Performing Arts course list. Some courses on this list will also meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge co-requisites.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives (5 credit hours)
In MCD, 2 credit hours of this GEP requirement is met through Major course requirements. For the remaining 3 credit hours, choose from the University approved GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives course list. Some courses on this list will also meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge co-requisites.

The following Co-Requisites must be satisfied to complete the General Education Program requirements
U.S. Diversity (USD)
Choose from the University approved GEP U.S. Diversity course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the U.S. Diversity (USD) co-requisite.
Global Knowledge (GK)
Choose from the University approved GEP Global Knowledge course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the Global Knowledge (GK) co-requisite.
Foreign Language proficiency Proficiency at the FL_102 level is required for graduation.

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