Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics Major (BS)
College: College of Natural & Health Sciences
Program Level Objectives for Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics
- Knowledge of the Natural World: Breadth of scientific knowledge, specifically, the ability to think beyond one’s area of concentration.
- Critical and Creative Thinking Skills: Experiential and problem solving skills as well as higher order qualitative and quantitative reasoning.
- Effective Communication Skills: Competence in speaking, reading, and writing abilities.
- Individual, Social and Environmental Responsibility: Civic knowledge and engagement (both local and global), ethical reasoning, and action; ability to interact and work with people under standard civility and professional norm.
Requirements for the Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics Major (79 credits)
The major in molecular biology and bioinformatics consists of a minimum of 43 credits in biological sciences, with additional courses in mathematics, chemistry, computer science and physics. Within the major, a minimum of 15 credits in courses numbered 300 or above must be completed at UW-Parkside. Students must maintain a minimum UW-Parkside cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all courses required for the major to graduate.
|College of Natural and Health Sciences requirement|
|New entering students, and transfer students with less than 30 college credits, choosing a major in the College of Natural and Health Science are required to take this course.|
|UWP 101||First Year Seminar: Natural and Health Sciences||1|
|Required Core Courses 1|
|BIOS 102||Organismal Biology||4|
|BIOS 260||General Genetics||4|
|BIOS 309||Molecular Biology||3|
|BIOS 453||Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics of Nucleic Acids||4|
|BIOS 455||Protein Biochemistry and Bioinformatics||4|
|BIOS 489||Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics Senior Project||1|
|BIOS 499||Independent Study (over two semesters)||4|
|Students are also required to complete a minimum of 6 credits from the following list of courses:||6|
|Required Core Courses Subtotal||39|
|Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Physics Courses 2|
|MATH 221||Calculus and Analytic Geometry I||5|
|CHEM 101||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 102||General Chemistry II||4|
|CHEM 103||General Chemistry Lab I||1|
|CHEM 104||General Chemistry Lab II||1|
|CHEM 321||Organic Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 322||Organic Chemistry II||4|
|Select one of the following:||10|
|College Physics I|
and College Physics II
|General Physics I|
and General Physics II
|Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Physics Courses Subtotal||33|
|Select two of the following:||6|
BIOS 300-level through 600-level courses 3
|Organic Chemistry Lab 4|
|Computer Science I|
|Computer Science II|
|Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4|
|Probability and Statistics|
|Business Programming II - C#|
|Database Management Systems|
|Elective Courses Subtotal||6|
Students must complete core courses numbered in the 300s and below before they enroll in 400-level biological sciences courses. Exception from this prerequisite requires approval from the program faculty. Students should consult with their academic advisor before registration if such a situation arises.
Students who plan to do graduate work are advised to also take MATH 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II Calculus and Analytic Geometry II; and CHEM 302 Physical Chemistry I & CHEM 303 Physical Chemistry II Physical Chemistry I and II.
Recommended but not required. Some graduate and professional schools require a second semester calculus and professional schools require a second semester calculus and/or an organic chemistry course with a laboratory component. It is recommended that students who are thinking about graduate or professional schools consult with their advisor to discuss options.
General University Degree Requirements (Bachelor's Degree)
In addition to individual program requirements, students must also fulfill the following requirements:
|Reading and Writing|
|ENGL 101||Composition and Reading||3|
|Select one of the following:||4-5|
|Survey of Mathematics|
|College Algebra I|
|Minimum Total Credits||120|
|Upper Level Credits (300 level or above)||36|
|Residency||30 of final 60|
Cumulative Degree GPA: 2.0 minimum