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Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences–Molecular Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences – Molecular Biology seeks to educate students in unifying themes in biology, while encouraging them to expand their knowledge in more specialized subject areas. The department offers six undergraduate majors in which a student may specialize: aquaculture, conservation biology and ecology, general biology, marine biology, molecular biology and premedical biology. The curriculum for the molecular biology major is organized so that in the first two years students learn concepts fundamental to all biological sciences, and in the last two years students follow their own interests in selecting courses that are more specialized.

The molecular biology major provides training in DNA and protein purification, recombinant DNA technology, gene manipulation, PCR, nucleic acid hybridization, DNA sequence analysis, gene expression assays and genomics. Students completing the program are qualified for employment in the rapidly growing biotechnology industry and for entry into graduate study in a wide variety of areas encompassed by molecular biology.

Admission Requirements

Students intending to apply for admission to study in the department of biological sciences should complete at least one year each of high school biology, chemistry and physics. Prospective students should also have at least three years of high school mathematics, including second-year algebra and trigonometry.

Florida Tech has articulation agreements with many of the community colleges in Florida. Students contemplating transfer to Florida Tech should consult with the department to determine transferability of credits. If there is a question regarding specific courses needed, students should contact the associate department head for undergraduate studies.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences – Molecular Biology must complete the minimum course requirements outlined in the following curriculum. Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty advisor to reflect the knowledge a student needs either for employment or graduate school.

Freshman Year

FALL CREDITS
ASC 1000 University Experience 1
BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1 4
CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1 4
COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MTH 1001 Calculus 1 4
   16

  

SPRING CREDITS
BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2 4
CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2 4
COM 1102 Writing About Literature 3
MTH 1002 Calculus 2 4
     15

Sophomore Year

FALL CREDITS
BIO 2110 General Genetics 4
CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1 3
CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Lab 1 2
HUM 2051 Civilization 1 3
PHY 1001 Physics 1 4
PHY 2091 Physics Lab 1 1
   17

  

SPRING CREDITS
BIO 2010 Microbiology 4
CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2 3
CHM 2012 Organic Chemistry Lab 2 2
PHY 2002 Physics 2 4
PHY 2092 Physics Lab 2 1
   Humanities Core Course* 3
   17

Junior Year

FALL CREDITS
BIO 3210 Mammalian Physiology (Q)
4
BIO 4010 Biochemistry 1 4
COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication 3
   Humanities Elective 3
     14

  

SPRING CREDITS
BIO 2801 Biometry 4
BIO 4101 Molecular Biology 3
BIO 4110 Biochemistry 2 4
BIO 4210 Plant Physiology 4
     15

Senior Year

FALL CREDITS
BIO 4120 Genetic Engineering Techniques (Q) 4
   Liberal Arts Elective 3
   Restricted Electives (BIO, CHM, ENS, OCN) 7
   Social Science Elective 3
     17

  

SPRING CREDITS
BIO 4130 Nucleic Acid Analysis (Q) 4
   Free Elective 3
   Liberal Arts Elective 3
   Restricted Elective (BIO, CHM, ENS, OCN) 4
   Technical Elective 3
     17

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 128  

*Humanities Core Courses
HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern  
HUM 2142   World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial  
HUM 2212   British and American Literature 1  
HUM 2213   British and American Literature 2  
HUM 2331   American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era  
HUM 2332   American History: From Reconstruction to the Present  

Not all humanities core courses are offered online or every term; check the current schedule of classes for humanities core options.