Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Biology is the study of life and living organisms. Students study life on a broad scale; from the molecular level to entire ecosystems. Biology emphasizes the relationship of structure to function in biological systems, how anatomical, cellular, and molecular structures are related to biological functions of development, regulation, movement, growth, and reproduction. Because the discipline itself is so broad, it is necessary for student to study overlapping fields such as mathematics and chemistry.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

The B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology is offered to undergraduates through the University’s Biology department, and focuses on giving students a more in-depth preparation for advance study in the biomedical sciences. This program requires additional specialized coursework with respect to the B.A. program and a two semester laboratory research experience, as well as participation of students in an original research project. These additional research projects are sponsored and supervised by a faculty member, and students are expected to complete written summaries of their work.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • Introductory Chemistry I, 030.101
  • General Chemistry Lab I, 030.105
  • Calculus I, 110.106
  • Elective H or S courses to begin fulfilling distribution requirements
  • Total 12-17 credits

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Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Molecular and Cellular Biology:

  • Operating scientific equipment
  • Applying biological theories
  • Designing experiments and recording results
  • Applying scientific concepts to problems
  • Reasoning logically to evaluate the effects of phenomena
  • Attention to detail
  • Reporting results and conclusions orally and in writing

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