Majors, minors + certificates

Bachelor of Science in Molecular Life Sciences (MLSBS)Molecular Life Sciences Program

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


The B.S. in Molecular Life Sciences (MLS) is designed for students interested in pursuing a life sciences degree curriculum that is highly focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms. Advanced courses will provide an emphasis on how alterations in cellular processes may lead to disease states. It is ideal for students planning to continue their education beyond a bachelor's degree either in the pursuit of an advanced M.S. or Ph.D. degree in the life sciences or professional degrees in medicine, veterinary sciences or dentistry. Students with a B.S. in MLS will have also have the background necessary to pursue careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 33 credit hours (62 with the Addenda requirements, including the requirements listed below.), including the requirements listed below.

  1. Biological Chemistry. One (1) course:
  2. Biology Requirements.
    1. Foundations of Biology. One (1) course:
    2. Molecular Biology Lecture. One (1) course:
    3. Molecular Biology Laboratory. One (1) course:
      • (approved topic: "Genome Engineering")
    4. Cell Biology. One (1) course:
  3. MLS Core.
    1. Genome Duplication and Maintenance. One (1) course:
    2. Advanced Gene Regulation. One (1) course:
  4. Concentration. One (1) of the Molecular Life Sciences concentrations listed below.
  5. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Mathematics. One (1) course:
    2. Statistics. One (1) course:
    3. Physics.
      1. Physics I. One (1) course:
      2. Physics II. One (1) course:
    4. Chemistry.
      1. Principles of Chemistry Lecture. One (1) course:
      2. Principles of Chemistry Laboratory. One (1) course:
      3. Organic Chemistry I Lecture. One (1) course:
      4. Organic Chemistry II Lecture. One (1) course:
      5. Organic Chemistry I Laboratory. One (1) course:
  6. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.


  • * Courses used to fulfill addenda requirements require a grade of C- or higher and do not count toward the Major GPA or Major Hours.

Bachelor of Science requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 36 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A College grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 2 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 2 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: Not required
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the first semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.

Most students must also successfully complete the Indiana University Bloomington General Education program.