Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, BS
The BS degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology is designed to provide students an opportunity to focus their undergraduate studies in the molecular biosciences in an effort to prepare themselves for either entering the workforce directly as baccalaureate-level research scientists or for entering competitive graduate programs to further their studies. The curriculum is designed to be rich in laboratory experiences through coursework, research and an internship. In addition to 83 credit hours of science courses, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology majors will be required to take an ethics course to appreciate the interplay between biology and society.
Student Learning Outcomes for the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Major
Molecular Biology & Biotechnology majors at Washburn University, upon completion of the program will be able to:
- Acquire a comprehensive understanding of biological principles including cell biology, genetics, organismal biology, structure and function, ecology, and evolution.
- Acquire the ability to understand and utilize the scientific method.
- Master a variety of scientific techniques in the core biology disciplines of organismal biology, microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, and undergraduate research.
- Develop the ability to analyze and interpret scientific data.
- Develop the oral and written presentation skills to successfully communicate scientific information in a professional manner.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBB) requires a 34-hour BI core, 44 hours of required non-biology courses, and 8 additional BI or CH hours elective hours. The non-biology coursework for the BS in MBB satisfies the 30-hour Natural Sciences Concentration. The BS degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology requires a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate.
|BI 102||General Cellular Biology||5|
|BI 103||General Organismal Biology||5|
|BI 234||Introduction to Biotechnology||3|
|BI 301||General Microbiology||4|
|BI 333||General Genetics||4|
|BI 353||Molecular Genetics||3|
|BI 354||Molecular Biology Laboratory||3|
|BI 390||Biology Seminar||1|
|BI 395||Research in Biology||3|
|BI 440||Biotechnology Internship||3|
& CH 152
|Fundamentals of Chemistry I|
and Fundamentals of Chemistry II (1 year with lab)
& CH 342
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Lab I (with lab)
|CH 341||Organic Chemistry II||3|
& CH 351
and Biochemistry Lab (1 semester with lab)
|MA 151||Calculus & Analytic Geometry I||5|
|Select one of the following physics sequences:||10|
|College Physics I|
and College Physics II (1 year with lab)
|General Physics I|
and General Physics II (1 year with lab)
|PH 214||Medical Ethics||3|
|Elective supportive courses||8|
|BI 322||Advanced General Botany||4|
|BI 325||Microbiology of Human Disease||5|
|BI 328||Plant Anatomy and Physiology||3|
|BI 330||Animal Physiology||4|
|BI 343||Human Genetics||3|
|BI 355||Developmental Biology||5|
|BI 363||Immunology Laboratory||2|
|BI 420||Forensic Molecular Biology||4|
|CH 343||Organic Chemistry Lab II||2|
|CH 352||Biochemistry II||3|
|CH 353||Biochemistry Laboratory II||2|