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Department of Biology

Concentration in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics (Bachelor of Science in Biology)

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements CLBIMGNCON
The Concentration in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics provides an in-depth course of study focused on the molecular mechanisms of gene regulation, inheritance, and cellular function.


The concentration requires at least 18 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Required Lecture Courses.
    1. Cell Biology. One (1) course:
      • BIOL-L 312 Cell Biology
    2. Biochemistry. One (1) course:
      • BIOT-T 440 Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biomolecules
      • CHEM-C 383 Human Biochemistry
      • CHEM-C 483 Biological Chemistry
      • CHEM-C 484 Biomolecules and Catabolism
  2. Elective Lecture Courses.
    1. Advanced Skills Lecture. One (1) course:
      • BIOL-B 371 Ecological Plant Physiology
      • BIOL-L 410 Topical Issues in Biology (topics approved by Director of Undergraduate Studies)
      • BIOL-L 411 Advanced Gene Regulation: Transcription, Epigenetics, and Human Disease
      • BIOL-L 412 Analysis of Cancer Research
      • BIOL-L 413 Translational Medicine: From Bench to Bedside
      • BIOL-L 417 Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
      • BIOL-L 485 Genetics, Models of Human Disease, and Critical Analysis of Biological Research
      • BIOL-L 486 Advanced Cell Biology
      • BIOL-L 487 Molecular Mechanism of Development and Disease
      • BIOL-M 416 Biology of AIDS
      • BIOL-Z 462 Genetics of Behavior
      • BIOL-Z 466 Endocrinology
    2. Lecture Elective. One (1) course:
      • Additional course from the Advanced Skills Lecture list
      • BIOL-B 373 Mechanisms of Plant Development
      • BIOL-L 331 Introduction to Human Genetics
      • BIOL-L 321 Human Immunology
      • BIOL-L 388 Digital Biology: A Survey of Topics in Bioinformatics and Genomics
      • BIOL-L 410 Topical Issues in Biology (Approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies required)
      • BIOL-M 430 Virology Lecture
  3. Laboratory Courses.
    1. Required Laboratory. One (1) course:
      • BIOL-L 313 Cell Biology Laboratory
      • BIOL-L 319 Genetics Laboratory
    2. Elective Laboratory. One (1) course:
      • Additional course from the Required Laboratory list
      • BIOL-L 323 Molecular Biology Laboratory
      • BIOL-L 324 Human Molecular Biology Laboratory
      • BIOL-M 435 Viral Tissue Culture Laboratory
      • BIOL-S 211 Molecular Biology, Honors (up to one (1) credit hour may count toward the Concentration Hours requirement)
      • BIOL-X 325 ASURE Biology Research Lab 2 (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • BIOL-Z 469 Endocrinology Laboratory
      • BIOT-T 315 Biotechnology Laboratory
      • BIOT-T 425 Laboratory in Macromolecular Production, Purification, and Characterization
      • BIOT-X 325 ASURE Biotechnology Research Lab 2
  4. Biology Concentration Residency. Both of the following:
    • Two (2) advanced (300–499 level) lecture courses in the concentration must be taken on the IU Bloomington campus
    • Two (2) advanced (300–499 level) lab courses in the concentration must be taken on the IU Bloomington campus
  5. Concentration GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the concentration must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    2. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the concentration.
    3. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the concentration—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    4. Exceptions to concentration requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.