Undergraduate Program in
Biology and Medicine


   B.S. in Biological Sciences - Cell and Developmental Biology (BS BCD)

Dr. David Lambert,
BCD Track Coordinator and Major Advisor
Department of Biology
344 Hutchison Hall, River Campus
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0211
(585) 273-2482 or (585) 275-7521

Dr. David Lambert
BCD Track Coordinator and Major Advisor for Class of 2010, 2011...
Dr. Cheeptip Benyajati,
Director for UPBM and
BCD Major Advisor
Department of Biology
474 Hutchison Hall, River Campus
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0211
(585) 275-8040

Dr. Cheeptip Benyajati
Dr. Cheeptip Benyajati
Director for UPBM and
BCD Major Advisor for Class of 2009
*Students intending to declare a BS in Cell and Developmental Biology major should meet with the Administrator for the UPBM, Marianne Arcoraci, to create an academic plan before meeting with the academic advisor for the BCD track. Visit UPBM Booking Site to select a time that meets your needs.


I. INTRODUCTORY COURSES 3 courses, 12 credits
  1. BIO 110 Principles of Biology I - 4 credits (Fall)
BIO 112 Perspectives in Biology I - 4 credits (Fall)  
There is no companion laboratory, however, note co-registration in a 2 hour workshop.
2. BIO 111 Principles of Biology II 4 credits (Spring)
BIO 113 Perspectives in Biology II 4 credits (Spring)
BIO 111P  Introductory Biology Lab (1 cr) is the companion laboratory for BIO 111
BIO 113P Perspectives in Biology Lab (will not be offered after Spring 2013)
3. BIO 198  Principles of Genetics 4 credits (Fall)
BIO 198P  Introductory Biology Lab (1 cr) is the companion laboratory for BIO 198
II. LABORATORY EXPERIENCE 1 & 1/2 laboratories
1. BIO 111P Introductory Biology Lab - 1 credit (Spring)
2. BIO 198P Principles of Genetics Lab - 1 credit (Fall)
3. BIO 268 BIO 268 Laboratory in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (4-Credit / Full Lab). It is recommended that the lab be taken in the spring of Junior year.
 * With the permission of the track coordinator, 2 semesters (8 credits) of Independent Research 395 courses may be used to replace the requirement for the BIO 268 laboratory.
III. ADVANCED COURSES 5 courses, 20 credits
1. BIO 210   Molecular Cell Biology - 4 credits (Fall)
2. BIO 226   Developmental Biology - 4 credits (Fall)
3. BIO 250   Biochemistry - 4 credits (Spring)
  Pick 2 courses from the following list.
4. ______ BIO 206 Eukaryotic Genomes (Spring) - New!
BIO 215 Molecular Biology of Cell Signaling- May use if already taken
BIO 220 Advanced Cell Biology (Fall)
BIO 222 Biology of Aging (Fall)
BIO 243 Eukaryotic Gene Regulation (Spring)
IND 447 Signal Transduction (Spring)
MBI 473 Immunology (Fall)
5. ______
  1. ______ This course must be a 200-level course, outside of the Cell and Developmental Biology curriculum, is to be selected from those courses offered through the Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine, and must be approved by the Track Coordinator. See UPBM Course Offerings.  
V. ALLIED FIELD COURSES 9 courses with indicated laboratories
  Requirements  Approved Courses  
1. Chemical Concepts I : CHM 131 (lab included)
2. Chemical Concepts II: CHM 132 (lab included)
3. Organic Chemistry I: CHM 203 with CHM 207 (lab) or CHM 171Q with CHM 173Q (lab)
4. Organic Chemistry II : CHM 204 with CHM 208 (lab) or CHM 172Q with CHM 210 (lab)
  Note: CHM 171Q and CHM 172Q, Quest Organic Chemistry WITH CHM 210 will also fulfill the chemistry requirements.
5. Physics I: PHY 113 or PHY 121 or PHY 141
6. Physics II : PHY 114 or PHY 12 or PHY 142
7. Calculus I: MTH 141 or MTH 161 or MTH 161Q or MTH 171Q
8. Calculus II: MTH 142 or MTH 162 or MTH 162 or MTH 172Q
9. _____ Math: MTH 163, 164,165, 235 or other upper-level math with advisor approval (MTH 143 not acceptable)
Statistics: STT AP, 201, 212, 214 (cross-listed as BIO214/STT214), or other upper-level statistics course with advisor approval (STT 211 not acceptable)
Computer Programming: CSC 109, 161, 170, 171, ECE 114 or other computer programming course with advisor approval (CSC 108 and 110 not acceptable).
  1. ______ All biology majors must complete two upper-level writing courses. Although students are strongly encouraged to complete both upper-level writing requirements with Biological Science courses; a natural science upper-level writing course can be used to meet one of the requirements. Independent Research (395W) courses may also be used to satisfy an upper-level writing requirement as well.

For lists of UPBM elective/diversification courses, see UPBM Course Offerings. . Please note that course titles with an " * " indicates an optional upper-level writing component is offered
2. ______


BIO 516 Seminar in Cell and Development (a one-credit, non-required course open to concentrators with permission of the instructor)

IND 395 Independent Research (This does not count as an elective/diversification course.)

In addition, be sure to consult our General Degree Requirements and Writing Policy when constructing your program.