Biology Major: Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology Concentration - Bachelor of Science (BS)

(All colleges)

39 credits (71 total credits including CHM and MTH requirements)

Each student must have a minimum of three 400 level BIO credits (excluding BIO 450, 479, 489, 491, 495, and 499) to fulfill requirements of the major. 

BIO 105General Biology4
BIO 203Organismal Biology4
BIO 306Genetics4
BIO 307Ecology3
BIO 315Cell Biology4
BIO 435Molecular Biology3
BIO 436Molecular Biology Laboratory1
or BIO 468 Human Molecular Genetics Lab
BIO 440Bioinformatics2
BIO 491Capstone Seminar in Biology1
Select 13 credits of electives from the following: 113
Introduction to Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation
Vertebrate Form and Function 2
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 2
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 2
Radiation Biology
Plant Physiology
Developmental Biology
Human Cadaver Dissection
Medical Mycology
Human Endocrinology
Advanced Nutrition for the Health Professions
Biology of Cancer
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Molecular Mechanism of Disease and Drug Action
Advanced Microscopy and Biological Imaging
Human Molecular Genetics
Human Molecular Genetics Lab
Cell Signaling
Fundamentals of Microbiology
Immunology Laboratory
Introductory Virology
Virology Laboratory
Industrial and Fermentation Microbiology
Chemistry requirement
Select a minimum of 24 chemistry credits including: 24
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Analytical Chemistry
One of the following organic chemistry options:
Option A (5 credits) 3
Fundamental Organic Chemistry
and Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Option B (7 credits)
Organic Chemistry Theory I
and Organic Chemistry Theory II
and Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Option C (8 credits)
Organic Chemistry Theory I
and Organic Chemistry Theory II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
And one of the following:
Fundamental Biochemistry
Biochemistry I: Macromolecules
and Biochemistry II: Metabolism and Genetic Information
Math requirement
Select a minimum of eight credits of mathematics, including the following:8
Elementary Statistics
Mathematical Models in Biology
Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Total Credits71

Up to two credits from BIO 450, BIO 479, BIO 489, BIO 495, and BIO 499 may count toward the major.


A maximum of eight credits of BIO 303, BIO 312, BIO 313 can be applied to the major.


This is the recommended option for most biology majors, but students should consult with their biology advisor before enrolling.

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Science and Health (CSH) Bachelor of Science core requirements

B.S. and B.A. students graduating from the College of Science and Health are required to take two natural laboratory science courses selected from the general education laboratory science category (GE 05) and/or from BIO 203, BIO 304, BIO 210, CHM 104, GEO 221, GEO 222, PHY 104 or PHY 204, and they either must take two mathematics courses or one math course and one computer science course from the math/logical systems category of the general education requirements (GE 02). One of the two science courses must be from a department outside of the student’s major department.

Note: Math courses can be pairs, i.e. 150 and 151; MTH/CS majors can use two science courses from same department.

For the Bachelor of Science degree, in addition to all other College of Science and Health core requirements, students from non-exempted programs1 must complete one of the following options. It is recommended that courses are selected in consultation with students’ academic advisor.

  1. Complete a second major; or

  2. Complete a minor outside the major; or

  3. Complete two certificates outside the major with at least 12 combined credits at the 300/400 level; or

  4. Complete an individualized option, consisting of 18 credits

    1. At least 12 credits must be earned at the 300/400 level outside the major department.

    2. The remaining six credits should come from

      1. 100 level or higher courses outside the major (General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.); or

      2. 300/400 level courses inside major not being used to fulfill major requirements.

    3. Internship credits may not count toward the individualized option.


The list of exempted CSH programs is below.


Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with less than 12 credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4BIO 2034
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)5
MTH 207 or 175 (Gen Ed Math)5ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
Gen Ed World History3FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3
 15 15
Year 2
STAT 145 (Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems)4CHM 3004
BIO 3073CHM 3021
CHM 1045BIO 3064
Gen Ed Arts2-3Gen Ed Global Studies3
 Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
 Gen Ed Arts2-3
 14 17
Year 3
BIO Elective3BIO 3154
BIO Elective3CHM 3254
CHM 3015Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3
Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3Gen Ed Self & Society3
 University Elective 3
 14 17
Year 4
BIO 4353BIO 4402
BIO 436 or 4681BIO 4911
BIO Elective3BIO Elective (400 level)4
CSH Core or Minor13CSH Core or Minor13
University Elective3University Elective2
 University Elective3
 13 15
Total Credits: 120

See CSH BS Core Requirements for information on completing the individualized option. 300/400 requirements for graduation may be impacted.