Apr 23, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Biology B.S. with Concentration in Genetics, Cellular, and Molecular Biology

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Program: B.S.
Department of Biology  
College of Arts and Sciences

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This concentration within the Biology B.S. degree prepares students to be at the forefront of genetics, cellular and molecular biology.  Students share a common curriculum of traditional biology coursework along with in-depth training in the aforementioned areas.  Students not only learn basic concepts, but also the most up-to-date laboratory and bioinformatics techniques employed in genetics, cellular and molecular biology.  This in-depth education and training enables students to be highly competitive for entry into graduate, medical and other professional schools as well as for securing jobs in health care, pharmaceutical and drug discovery, biotechnology, agriculture, and environmental fields.

Special Regulation for Biology Majors

Time Limit - All biology courses applied toward graduation must be completed within 10 years from the time the first biology course was completed.

To earn a B.S. with a major in biology, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW and the College of Arts and Sciences (Colleges  and Regulations ); earn a GPA of 2.30 or higher in BIOL 117, BIOL 119, BIOL 217, BIOL 218, BIOL 219, and BIOL 491 and elective courses in the concentration (listed below); and complete the following courses:

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 33

General Education Requirements   

A grade of C- or better is required in each course used to satisfy the IPFW general education requirements.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Supporting Courses

Calculus and Statistics

The following calculus and statistics course pattern is typical.  Course substitutions are possible with advisor approval.  Please note that most graduate programs require a full year of calculus.


Free Electives

  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.

Total Credits: 120-124

Honors in Biology

You may earn an honors degree in biology by achieving an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher and a biology GPA of 3.50 or higher, conducting a two-semester (minimum of 5 credits) research project, preparing a senior thesis based on the research project, and giving an oral presentation of the thesis research.  The senior thesis committee must be established one semester before graduation.

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