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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Penn State Berks (BMBBL)
University Park, Eberly College of Science (B M B)

Director of Curricular Affairs, Meredith Defelice, in charge

Students in this major apply basic principles of chemistry and physics to the study of living cells and their components to explain biology at molecular, genetic, and cellular levels. Students will develop a strong foundation in quantitative and analytical biological sciences, including molecular biology, biochemistry, enzymology, metabolism, cell biology, and molecular genetics. The Biochemistry Option is offered for students who have interests in the structures, properties and functions of macromolecules, and in the quantitative and analytical techniques used to characterize these macromolecules. The Molecular and Cell Biology Option is available to students whose interests relate to the growth, reproduction and differentiation of cells and to signaling processes that occur in multicellular systems that activate and modulate the.se processes. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for advanced study leading to careers in research, medicine, and education, or to secure employment in biotechnology and health-related industries, including government, academic, and private laboratories.

In order to be eligible for entrance to the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, a student must have: 1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average, and 2) completed CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), and MATH 140 GQ(4); and 3) earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

For the B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a minimum of 125 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 95 credits[86]
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)
(To graduate, a grade of C or better is required in 9 credits of any BMB or MICRB 400-level course except BMB 408, BMB 442, BMB 443W, BMB 445W, BMB 446, BMB 448, BMB 488, BMB 496, MICRB 408, MICRB 421, MICRB 422, MICRB 447.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 40-43 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (53 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1)[1], CHEM 112 GN(3)[1], CHEM 113 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4), MICRB 201(3)[85], MICRB 202(2), PSU 016(1) (Sem: 1-2)
BMB 251(3)[85], BMB 252(3)[85], BMB 442(3), BIOL 322(3), CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2), (Sem: 3-4)
BMB 400(2), BMB 401(3), BMB 402(3), BMB 443(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (2 credits)
Select 2 credits from: BMB 445(2) or BMB 448(2) (Sem: 7-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 40 credits

BIOCHEMISTRY OPTION: (40 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (21 credits)
PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 2-4)
CHEM 450(3), CHEM 452(3) (Sem: 5-8)
BMB 474(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: (19 credits)
Select 7-9 credits from any 400-level BMB/CHEM/MICRB course or from department list D (additional 400-level courses) with a maximum of 3 credits in BMB 408 and/or MICRB 408 and a maximum of 4 credits in BMB 488 and/or BMB 496 (Sem: 5-8)
Select 2-3 credits in the mathematical sciences from department list B (Sem 5-8)
Select 7-10 credits from department list C (Sem: 5-8)

MOLECULAR AND CELL BIOLOGY OPTION: (43 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (9 credits)
BMB 430(3), BMB 460(3) (Sem: 5-8)
MICRB 410(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (11-14 credits)
Select 8 credits from: PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3-6 credits from: CHEM 450(3), CHEM 452(3); or BMB 428(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: (13-20 credits)
Select 5-6 credits from any 400-level BMB/MICRB course or from department list D (additional 400-0level courses) with a total maximum of 3 credits in BMB 408 and/or MICRB 408 and a maximum of 4 credits in BMB 488 and/or BMB 496 (Sem:5-8)
Select 2-3 credits in the mathematical sciences from department list B (Sem: 5-8)
Select 4-13 credits from department list C (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[85] To graduate, a grade of C or better is required in two of the following courses: MICRB 201, BMB/MICRB 251, BMB/MICRB 252.
[86] To graduate, a grade of C or better is required in 9 credits of any BMB or MICRB 400-level course except BMB 442, BMB 443W, BMB 445W, BMB 446, BMB 448, BMB 488, BMB 496, MICRB 421W, MICRB 422, MICRB 447.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-01-131

Review Date: 08/23/16

UCA Revision #1: 8/2/06

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