Cell and Molecular Biology, BS

The BS in cell and molecular biology curriculum lays the groundwork for strong scientific training with basic course work in mathematics, chemistry, and physics, relevant to biology. Students pursue a focused program of study emphasizing processes operating at the cellular and molecular levels of biological systems, including specialty courses in molecular cell biology and advanced genomics. Students choose from a range of advanced electives that delve deeply into molecular aspects of biology.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Cell and Molecular Biology Major Requirements

Introduction to College
BIOL 1000Biology at Northeastern1
Introduction to Experiential Learning
EESC 2000Professional Development for Co-op1
Required Biology
Foundations
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
Foundations of Biology
and Lab for BIOL 1107
5
Genetics
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
5
Project Lab
BIOL 2309Biology Project Lab4
Inquiries
BIOL 2299Inquiries in Biological Sciences4
Biochemistry
BIOL 3611
and BIOL 3612
Biochemistry
and Lab for BIOL 3611
5
Molecular Biology
BIOL 4707Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL 5591Advanced Genomics4
Intermediate/Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology Electives
Complete two of the following:
Microbiology
and Lab for BIOL 2321
Bioethics
Neural Systems and Behavior
Mammalian Systems Physiology
Developmental Neurobiology
Developmental Biology
Biological Clocks
Biological Electron Microscopy
Plant Biotechnology
Endocrinology
Stem Cells and Regeneration
Microbial Biotechnology
Advanced Microbiology
Medical Microbiology
Biological Imaging
Immunology
Evolution
Comparative Neurobiology
Cell and Molecular Biology of Aging
Immunotherapies of Cancer and Infectious Disease
Research
One of the two Intermediate/Advanced Electives can be a research course:
Research
Internship
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2

Biology Capstone

BIOL 4701Biology Capstone4

Supporting Courses

Mathematics
MATH 1251Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 14
Statistics
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
Biostatistics
and Lab for ENVR 2500
5
Chemistry
General Chemistry
CHEM 1161
and CHEM 1162
and CHEM 1163
General Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
and Lab for CHEM 1161
and Recitation for CHEM 1161
5
Organic Chemistry
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
5
CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
5
Physics
Physics 1
Complete one of the following lecture/lab pairs. PHYS 1145/PHYS 1146 is recommended:5
Physics for Life Sciences 1
and Lab for PHYS 1145
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
Physics 2
Complete one of the following lecture/lab pairs. PHYS 1147/PHYS 1148 is recommended:5
Physics for Life Sciences 2
and Lab for PHYS 1147
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165
Intermediate or Advanced Science
Complete one course from the following:
BIOL 2301 to BIOL 5999
CHEM 2311 to CHEM 5999
EEMB 2290 to EEMB 5999
ENVR 2310 to ENVR 5999
MATH 2280 to MATH 5999
PHYS 2303 to PHYS 5999
PSYC 2290 to PSYC 5999

Cell and Molecular Biology Major Credit/GPA Requirement

Complete 84 semester hours in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.000.

Due to overlap in course content, double majoring in cell and molecular biology and biology, biochemistry, marine biology or behavioral neuroscience is not permitted.

Program Requirement

136 total semester hours required

Please note that these are sample plans of study. While the requirements are the same for all students, individual schedules may vary.

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 11074BIOL 22994BIOL 23014Vacation
BIOL 11081CHEM 23114BIOL 23021 
CHEM 11614CHEM 23121Elective4 
CHEM 11621ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514Elective 4  
Elective4   
BIOL 10001   
 19 17 9 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 25004BIOL 23094BIOL 36114Co-op
ENVR 25011PHYS 11454BIOL 36121 
CHEM 23134PHYS 11461Elective4 
CHEM 23141Elective 4  
Intermediate/advanced CMB elective4Elective4  
(Intermediate/advanced CMB elective lab)1EESC 20001  
Elective4   
 19 18 9 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opIntermediate/advanced CMB elective4BIOL 47074Co-op
Elective4(Intermediate/advanced CMB elective lab)1Elective4 
 PHYS 11474  
 PHYS 11481  
 ENGW 33074  
 Elective 4  
 4 18 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opBIOL 55914  
BIOL 47014  
 Intermediate/advanced science elective4  
 (Intermediate/advanced science elective lab)1  
 Elective4  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 138

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
AP credit for biology5BIOL 23014BIOL 23094Vacation
BIOL 22994BIOL 23021Elective4 
CHEM 11614CHEM 23114  
CHEM 11621CHEM 23121  
MATH 12514ENGW 11114  
Elective4Elective4  
BIOL 10001   
 23 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 25004Co-opCo-opBIOL 36114
ENVR 25011 Elective4BIOL 36121
CHEM 23134  Elective4
CHEM 23141   
PHYS 11454   
PHYS 11461   
EESC 20001   
 16 0 4 9
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 47074Co-opCo-opIntermediate/advanced science elective4
PHYS 11474  (Intermediate/advanced science elective lab)1
PHYS 11481  Elective4
ENGW 33074   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 9
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
BIOL 55914BIOL 47014  
Intermediate/advanced CMB elective4Intermediate/advanced CMB elective4  
(Intermediate/advanced science elective lab)1(Intermediate/advanced CMB elective lab)1  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 17 17  
Total Hours: 138

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 11074BIOL 22994BIOL 23014Vacation
BIOL 11081CHEM 23114BIOL 23021 
CHEM 11614CHEM 23121Elective 4 
CHEM 11621ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514Elective4  
Elective4   
BIOL 10001   
 19 17 9 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 25004BIOL 23094BIOL 36114Co-op
ENVR 25011PHYS 11454BIOL 36121 
CHEM 23134PHYS 11461 
CHEM 23141Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4EESC 20001  
 18 18 5 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opBIOL 47074VacationCo-op
 PHYS 11474  
 PHYS 11481  
 ENGW 33074  
 Elective4  
 0 17 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opIntermediate/advanced CMB elective4VacationCo-op
 (Intermediate/advanced CMB elective lab)1  
 Intermediate/advanced science elective4  
 Intermediate/advanced science elective lab)1  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 18 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opBIOL 55914  
 BIOL 47014  
 Intermediate/advanced CMB elective4  
 (Intermediate/advanced CMB elective lab)1  
 Elective4  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 138

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
AP credit for biology5BIOL 23014BIOL 23094Vacation
BIOL 22994BIOL 23021Elective4 
CHEM 11614CHEM 23114  
CHEM 11621CHEM 23121  
MATH 12514ENGW 11114  
Elective4Elective4  
BIOL 10001   
 23 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 25004Co-opCo-opBIOL 36114
ENVR 25011  BIOL 36121
CHEM 23134  Elective4
CHEM 23141   
PHYS 11454   
PHYS 11461   
EESC 20001   
 16 0 0 9
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 47074Co-opCo-opVacation
PHYS 11474   
PHYS 11481   
ENGW 33074   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 55914Co-opCo-opVacation
Intermediate/advanced CMB elective4   
(Intermediate/advanced CMB elective lab)1   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
BIOL 47014Intermediate/advanced science elective4  
Intermediate/advanced CMB elective4(Intermediate/advanced science elective lab)1  
(Intermediate/advanced CMB elective lab)1Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4   
 17 13  
Total Hours: 138