Bachelor of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne
2017-2018 Catalog
Major Code: 7092 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences – Genomics and Molecular Genetics focuses on coursework and practical training to prepare students for graduate studies or entry-level positions in tomorrow's biotechnology workforce. The program provides students with access to modern genetic, genomic, cellular and molecular approaches to the study of biology. In addition to the relevant coursework in biology, the program features a solid foundation in chemistry, biochemistry, physics and mathematics. Students are encouraged to seek out individual research experiences with departmental faculty for course credit. The final year focuses on an open-lab experience to empower students as independent thinkers with the technical and troubleshooting skills in demand in academic and government research labs, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Research opportunities include antimicrobial development, the effects of climate change on the molecular biology of marine organisms, the molecular biology of fertilization, aging, marine toxicology, protein-folding disorders, chemical communication in bacterial populations, and other areas This degree is eligible for the fast track program, allowing students to complete a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in biotechnology in five years.

Admission Requirements

Students intending to apply for admission to a major in the Department of Biological Sciences are strongly encouraged to 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.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the genomics and molecular genetics option in biological sciences 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 (16 credit hours)
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    The first of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Emphasizes the scientific method, analytical techniques, use of original source materials, ethical questions in biology, historical perspectives of the development of biological theory and profiles of prominent figures in biology.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Assists new incoming students during their initial academic and social transitions to the university. Aims to promote student success by providing information about campus and academic resources, and encouraging participation in the classroom and in the campus community.
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    or MTH 1010 Mathematical Analysis 1 
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    The second of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Continues an integrated approach to the study of the hierarchal structure and function of living systems, including the origin and history of life on Earth.
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Continues . Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    or MTH 1020 Mathematical Analysis 2 
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
Sophomore Year
Fall (17 credit hours)
  • BIO 2110 General Genetics
    Credit Hours: 4
    The fundamentals of genetics from Mendel to modern day. Emphasizes the transmission of genetic material, the molecular nature of heredity and the heredity of populations. In the lab, students perform genetic analyses with online bioinformatics software and hands-on with DNA purified from several sources.
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in , to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • BIO 2801 Biometry
    Credit Hours: 4
    Experimental design and hypothesis testing in the biological sciences, and the analysis of biological data using descriptive statistics and applying parametric and non-parametric tests. Computer applications include statistical packages, spreadsheets, graphics preparation and word processing in the development of reports on modules of field-, clinic- and lab-based studies.
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CHM 2012 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 2
    Continues . Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Continues . Includes experiments pertaining to .
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • BIO 4010 Biochemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces the structure and properties of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Includes lectures and labs involving intermediary metabolism, properties of enzymes, bioenergetics including oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis.
  • BIO 4301 Cell Biology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Emphasizes the interdependence of three systems: a membrane-cytoskeletal system, a system that directs genetic information into synthesis of cell constituents; and a system integrated into membranes that converts energy, supplied to cells as nutrients or light, into cell function and cell synthesis.
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    or COM 2370 Speech 
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (BIO, CHM, ENS, ISC, OCN, PSY) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 credit hours)
  • BIO 4101 Molecular Biology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents the structure, function and regulation of genetic information. Includes in-depth discussion of nucleic acid replication, transcription and translation. Introduces uses and applications of nucleic acids in current research.
  • BIO 4110 Biochemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Lectures and labs involving the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and nitrogenous compounds including amino acids, proteins and nucleic acids. Discusses in detail the regulation of metabolism, biosynthesis of macromolecules and control of gene expression.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective (AHF, AVS, BCM, BIO, BME, CHE, CHM, CIS, CON, CSE, CVE, ECE, ENS, ISC, MAE, MET, MTH, OCE, OCN, ORP, PHY, PSY, SPC, SPS, SWE, SYS) Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • BIO 4120 Genetic Engineering Techniques
    Credit Hours: 4
    Lectures and labs on the theory and practice of gene splicing and manipulation, the use of restriction enzymes, plasmid and phage vectors and the cloning of genes. Also includes nick translation, random primer labeling, colony hybridization and southern blotting.
  • Liberal Arts Elective (LA) Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Electives (BIO, CHM, ENS, ISC, OCN, PSY) Credit Hours: 8
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • BIO 4102 Advanced Molecular Biology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Offers a detailed exploration of the basic principles that underlie gene expression at the molecular level. Includes an advanced overview of DNA replication, transcription, mRNA splicing, translation, protein folding, molecular genetics, genomics and systems biology.  
  • BIO 4130 Nucleic Acid Analysis
    Credit Hours: 4
    Lectures and laboratories involving the theory and practice of current methods of nucleic acid manipulation. Techniques studied include restriction site mapping, end-labeling, sequencing, mRNA isolation, cDNA synthesis, DNA:DNA and DNA:RNA hybridization, PCR technology and DNA fingerprinting.
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (BIO, CHM, ENS, ISC, OCN, PSY) Credit Hours: 4
  • Technical Elective (AHF, AVS, BCM, BIO, BME, CHE, CHM, CIS, CON, CSE, CVE, ECE, ENS, ISC, MAE, MET, MTH, OCE, OCN, ORP, PHY, PSY, SPC, SPS, SWE, SYS) Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 129
Humanities Core Courses