B.S. Degree in Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Cell & Molecular Biology and Genetics

Degree Requirements

Your major requirements will depend on when you entered UD (your "Catalog Year"). Students have the option of changing to a subsequent Catalog Year.

Effective Catalog Year 2017

Download the BS-CMG degree checksheet for your own records: Biology BS-CMG Checksheet Catalog Year 2017.

A grade of C- or better is required in all BISC courses for a total of at least 43 credits in Biological Sciences.

I. Required lecture courses:

Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC 207 Introductory Biology I 4
BISC 208 Introductory Biology II 4
BISC 305 Cell Biology 3
BISC 401 Molecular Biology of the Cell 3
BISC 403 Genetics 3

And any 1 of the following 3 courses:

Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC 300 Introduction to Microbiology 4
BISC 302 General Ecology 3
BISC 306 General Physiology 3

II. Required courses in experimental biology:

The corresponding lecture is a prerequisite. (THE LECTURE AND THE LAB CANNOT BE TAKEN SIMULTANEOUSLY). Select 2 from the 7 options below.

Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC 315 Experimental Cell Biology 3
BISC 411 Experimental Molecular Biology 4
BISC 413 Advanced Genetics Laboratory 3
BISC 484 Computer Based Genetics Lab 3
BISC 312 Field Ecology 3
BISC 316 Experimental Physiology 3
BISC 451 & BISC 452 Senior Thesis
UNIV 401 & UNIV 402 Senior Thesis for Degree with Distinction

BISC451 & BISC452 Guidelines

Students who are registered for BISC451 must meet with their research mentor in early September to pick the senior thesis committee. The committee will be composed of the research mentor, the Associate Chair of Biological Sciences and a third faculty member from the University of Delaware. With guidance from research mentors, students will construct plans for completing thesis research. Toward the middle of September a plan must be presented to the thesis committee. Once the plan is agreed upon, a student will write a two or three page research proposal that will be signed by the student and mentor and then sent to the committee members.  In late November of early December, the student must meet again with the thesis committee to review progress. The committee then determines a grade based on benchmarks outlined in the research proposal.  The committee will also outline work that still must be completed for the thesis.    For BISC452, the student must meet with the research mentor early in February to confirm the plan for finishing the thesis. Toward the end of March, thesis research should have been completed and writing begun.  The writing of the thesis will be overseen by the research mentor. Once the thesis has been approved by the mentor, it will be sent to committee members and a thesis defense scheduled. The thesis must be defended by the middle of May. After the defense the committee chair must submit a completed Senior Thesis Defense Results Form to the Undergraduate Programs Director. (Patricia Walsh pmwalsh@udel.edu)

UNIV 401 & 402 Guidelines

See http://www.urp.udel.edu/content/senior-thesis-program.

III. Literature-based Biology:

Course Name and Number Credit Hours
A literature-based course chosen from the approved list, which also must be listed in the elective groups A-E below. 3-4

IV. Electives

Biology electives at the 300-level or above to total 43 credit hours in Biological Sciences. These electives must include courses from a minimum of two of the groups (A-E) below. BISC 100, BISC 207, and BISC 208 count towards the total of 43 credits needed for the major. Six of the 43 credit hours may come from a list of Approved courses from other academic units  (minimum grade C, not C-).

A. Genetics
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC 492 Human Molecular Cytogenetics 3
BISC 654 Biochemical Genetics 3
BISC 656 Evolutionary Genetics 3
BISC 693 Human Genetics 3
B. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC 602 Molecular Biology of Animal Cells 3
BISC 679 Virology 3
BISC 682 Bacterial Pathogens: Molecular Mechanisms 3
CHEM 642 Biochemistry 3
C. Cell Biology
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC 408 Microscopic Anatomy 4
BISC 439/639 Developmental Neurobiology 3 or 4
BISC 471/671 Introductory Immunology or Cellular and Molecular Immunology 3 or 4
BISC 612 Advanced Cell Biology 3
BISC 625 Cancer Biology 3
BISC 690 Fundamentals of Pharmacology 3
D. Physiology
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC 415/615 Developmental Biology 3
BISC 605/606 Advanced Mammalian Physiology 8
BISC 610 Endocrine Physiology 3
BISC 626/627 Advanced Neuroanatomy/Advanced Neurophysiology 6
BISC 675 Cardiovascular Physiology 3
E. Bioinformatics
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
ANFS 644 Bioinformatics
A Computer Science course beyond the introductory level

V. Related Coursework

A grade of D (not D-) or better must be obtained in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics courses required for all Biological Sciences majors and minor.

Course Name and Number Credit Hours
CHEM 103 or CHEM 107 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 104 or CHEM 108 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry I & CHEM 325 Organic Chemistry Lab I 4
CHEM 322 Organic Chemistry II & CHEM 326 Organic Chemistry Lab II 4
CHEM 527 Introductory Biochemistry (or equivalent)


Course Name and Number Credit Hours
PHYS 201 Introductory Physics I or PHYS 207 Fundamentals of Physics I 4
PHYS 202 Introductory Physics II or PHYS 208 Fundamentals of Physics II 4
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
MATH 221 Calculus I
MATH 241 Analytic Geometry and Calculus A
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
STAT 200 Basic Statistical Practice
An equivalent course formally approved and submitted by Department Chair or his/her designee (e.g., Associate Chair, Undergraduate Program Director).

VI. University and College requirements for all Biological Sciences B.S. concentrations

Credits to total a minimum of 124