Life on Earth is complex. Organisms are as different as a small amoeba, a human being, and a plant. Yet all living organisms are made of cells. In the molecular biology and biotechnology program, you'll study cells on different levels and how they interact. You'll have the opportunity to study viruses, immunology, biotechnology, and more.

To earn a B.S. degree in molecular bology & biotechnology, a student must satisfy the following:

  • University and general education requirements
  • 34 credit hours of molecular biology & biotechnology core biology requirements, plus
  • 41 credit hours of required correlate courses, plus
  • 8 credit hours (minimum) of additional BI or CH courses, plus
  • 3 credit hours of an approved ethics course (PH 214)
  • Required 30-hour natural science concentration
    • 20 credit hours in one discipline, which is satisfied via the required CH, MA and PS credit hours

(Beginning with Catalog Year 2014)

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Required Core Biology Courses for MBB Majors:

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 (Biotechnology)

 1

BI 395

Biology Research

 3

BI 440

Biotechnology Internship

 3

Total Core BI Hours for BiEd Majors

34

Required Chemistry, Math and Physics Courses for MBB Majors:

CH 151/152

Fundamentals of Chemistry (1 year with lab)

10

CH 340/342

Organic Chemistry I (with lab)

 5

CH 341

Organic Chemistry II

 3

CH 350/351

Biochemistry I (1 semester with lab)

 5

MA 140

Statistics

 3

MA 151

Calculus & Analytical Geometry I

 5

PS 261-262

  or PS 281/282

College Physics (1 year with lab)

  or General Physics (1 year with lab)

10

Total CH, MA, PS Hours (satisfies the 30-hour NS Concentration)

41

Elective Supportive Courses for MBB Majors:(students must complete a minimum of 8 additional hours from the following list)

BI 322

Advanced General Botany

4

BI 325

Microbiology of Human Diseases

5

BI 328

Plant Anatomy and Physiology

3

BI 330

Animal Physiology

4

BI 343

Human Genetics

3

BI 355

Developmental Biology

5

BI 357

Histology

4

BI 362

Immunology

3

BI 363

Immunology Lab

2

BI 370

Virology

3

CH 343

Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

2

CH 352

Biochemistry II

3

CH 353

Biochemistry Laboratory II

2

Total Elective Hours

at least 8

Other Course Required of MBB Majors:

PH 214

Medical Ethics

3

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Biology

Department of Biology
Stoffer Science Hall, Room 202
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785-670-2077
biology@washburn.edu

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