Bachelor of Science in Medical and Molecular Biology

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

As a medical and molecular biologist, you have the power to impact lives by conducting laboratory tests and experiments. This program allows you to gain a foundation in key laboratory knowledge and skills combined with practical real-world experience.

In this full-time, four-year program, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts in modern laboratories to perfect your laboratory skills and experimental techniques while progressively building an academic foundation in microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, and more. And you’ll graduate with the experience required to begin your career with confidence or to advance your education at the graduate level.

Freshman applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page.  

Students with 12 or more college credits may transfer in to the first or second year of the program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

While there are no specific required courses for entry into the first year of our program, the admission committee will look for success in any math and science courses you have already taken. If you complete any of the courses listed below, you may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be lighter. However, due to the lock-step nature of MCPHS programs, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program. Courses, other than elective courses, may not be moved forward in your schedule.

Required Courses For Entry to Year II:

  • General Biology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • General Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Calculus I & II (8 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Western Civilization)
  • Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)

Additional Courses Accepted for Transfer Credit:

  • Organic Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Molecular Biology (3 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Psychological Statistics, Economic Statistics)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)
  • General Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, English, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Government, Ethics, Foreign Language, Psychology, Religious Studies, Anthropology, Communications, and Economics)

Year I-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 150L

Biology I: Laboratory

1

BIO 151

Biology I: Cell and Molecular Biology

3

CHE 131

Chemical Principles I (w/ lab)

4

FYS 101

First Year Seminar

1

LIB 111

Expository Writing I

3

MAT 151

Calculus I

3

TOTAL


15

Year I-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 152

Biology II: Biology of Organisms (w/ lab)

4

CHE 132

Chemical Principles II (w/ lab)

4

LIB 112

Expository Writing II

3

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity and Public Life

3

MAT 152

Calculus II

3

TOTAL


17

Year II-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 260

Molecular Biology

3

CHE 231/L

Organic Chemistry I (w/ lab)

4

LIB 120

Introduction to Psychology

3

SSC 230

Cultural Anthropology

3

SSC 495

Evolution of the Health Professions

3

TOTAL


16

Year II-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 255/L

Medical Microbiology (w/ lab)

4


General elective

3

CHE 232/4L

Organic Chemistry II (w/ lab)

4

MAT 261

Statistics

3


Humanities elective

3

TOTAL


17

Year III-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 360

Cellular Biochemistry

4

LIB 220

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals

3

PHY 270/2L

Foundations of Physics I (w/ lab)

4


Humanities elective

3


Behavioral Sciences elective

3

TOTAL


17

Year III-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 332

Genetics

3

LIB 512

Healthcare Ethics

3


Behavioral Sciences elective

3


General elective

3


Biology elective

3

TOTAL


15

Year IV-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 420

Communication in the Biological Sciences

3


Biology elective

3


Biology elective

3


General elective

3


Liberal Arts elective

3

TOTAL


15

 

Year IV-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

Biology elective

3


Biology elective

3


Biology elective

3


General elective

3


General elective

3

TOTAL


15

Total credits to complete degree requirements: 127 s.h.

Students must complete six Biology electives: two from the Molecular and Cellular Biology Elective list, two from the Medical Biology Elective list, and two more from either list.

Molecular and Cellular Biology Electives:

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 335L

Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology


BIO 405

Plagues of the Past, Present and Future


BIO 430

Molecular Biology of Cancer


BIO 434

Immunology


BIO 450

Cell Biology


BIO 455

Advanced Microbiology (w/ lab)


BIO 530

Undergraduate Research Project


PSB 440

Molecular Biotechnology



Development (COF)


Medical Biology Electives:

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BEH 341

Biological Psychology


BIO 321O

Nutrition Science


BIO 345

Exercise Physiology


BIO 351

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I


BIO 352

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II


BIO 450

Advanced Human Physiology


BIO 530

Undergraduate Research Project


MAT 461

Biostatistics


PSB 328

Physiology/Pathophysiology I


PSB 329

Physiology/Pathophysiology II



Endocrinology (COF)



Medical Neuroscience (COF)



Neurobiology (COF)


 

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