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2017-2018 Catalog

Biological Sciences - Genomics and Molecular Genetics, B.S.


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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


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Fall (16 credit hours)


Spring (16 credit hours)


  • BIO 4101 Molecular Biology
  • BIO 4110 Biochemistry 2
  • 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)


Spring (17 credit hours)


  • BIO 4102 Advanced Molecular Biology
  • BIO 4130 Nucleic Acid Analysis (Q)
  • 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


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