Cell & Molecular Biology

Student works in the Molecular Biology Lab

This concentration emphasizes cellular and molecular processes, pathways, and structures of living organisms. This concentration is a good choice for pre-medical and pre-veterinary students or for students who plan to pursue graduate work in one of the areas of biology represented here.

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology with a concentration in Cell & Molecular Biology

Major & Concentration Requirements

The Biology major with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology consists of 82-83 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Courses

  • BIO 1530 Fundamentals of Biology I (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 1560 Fundamentals of Biology II (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 2430 Introduction to Zoology or BIO 2440 Introduction to Botany (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 2970 General Microbiology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 3100 Plant Physiology (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 3480 Biological Chemistry (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 3960 Molecular Genetics (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 4400 Cellular Physiology (4 s.h.)

Microbiology/Cellular Biology Electives

Choose three:

  • BIO 3060 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 3080 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 3990 Comparative Animal Physiology (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 4000 Medical Microbiology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 4010 Embryology & Developmental Genetics (4 s.h.)

Chemistry Courses

  • CHE 1510 General Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 1520 General Chemistry II (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 3210 Organic Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 3220 Organic Chemistry II (4 s.h.)

Mathematics Courses

  • MAT 1130 Pre-Calculus I (or higher) (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 2200 Applied Statistics (3 s.h.)

Additional courses in physics, chemistry, geology, and mathematics are desirable electives. It is strongly recommended that students planning to enter graduate professional programs in the health sciences take CHE 4500.

Contact the Biology Program

Dr. Rob McCandless

Rob McCandless, PhD

Professor of Biology
(910) 630-7247
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Dr. Rob McCandless
Rob McCandless, PhD

Professor of Biology

B.A., M.S., Ph.D., University of Louisville


Dr. McCandless’ areas of expertise include evolutionary biology, zoology and statistics.   His research interests include investigations of the conservation status and population genetics of cave adapted cavefish and crayfish species.  As a long time college instructor, he is also interested in statistical analysis of assessment data to evaluate teaching effectiveness, particularly in freshman biology courses.  He enjoys hiking, amateur astronomy and reading science fiction, military history, and biographies.

(910) 630-7247
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