Undergraduate Program in
Biology and Medicine


  B.S. in Biological Sciences - Molecular Genetics


Dr. Elaine Sia,
Track Coordinator and Advisor
Department of Biology
326B Hutchison Hall, River Campus
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
(585) 275-9275

*Students intending to declare a BS in Molecular Genetics major should meet with the Administrator for the UPBM, Marianne Arcoraci, to create an academic plan before meeting with the academic advisor for the BMG track. Visit UPBM Booking Site to select a time that meets your needs.

Elaine Sia

Dr. Elaine Sia,
Track Coordinator and Advisor

I. INTRODUCTORY COURSES 3 courses, 12 credits
  1. BIO 110 Principles of Biology I - 4 credits (Fall)  or 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)  or 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 (1 cr) (will not be offered after Spring 2013)
3. BIO 198 Principles of Genetics - 4 credits (Fall) 
    -BIO 198P Principles of Genetics Lab (1 cr) is the companion laboratory for BIO 198.  
II. LABORATORY EXPERIENCE 1 1/2 laboratories
  1. BIO 268 Laboratory in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology 4 credits / 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.
2. ________ Plus other full or half laboratory (see laboratory list). It is recommended that student take BIO 111P and BIO 198P as part of the introductory courses to complete the requirement.
III. ADVANCED COURSES 5 courses, 20 credits
1. BIO 250 Biochemistry - 4 credits (Spring)
2. BIO 202 Molecular Biology - 4 credits (Fall)
3. BIO 243 Eukaryotic Gene Regulation - 4 credits (Spring)
  Pick 2 courses from the following list.
1. ______ BIO 215 Molecular Biology of Cell Signaling- may use if already taken
BIO 205 Evolution (Spring) - New!
BIO 206 Eukaryotic Genomes (Spring) - New!
BIO 210 Molecular Cell Biology (Fall)
BIO 222 Biology of Aging (Fall)
BIO 226 Developmental Biology (Fall)
IND 410 Molecular Biology and Genetics (Spring)
2. ______
  1. ______ This course is to be a 200-level course (or higher), outside of the BS BMG Curriculum, selected from the UPBM Course Offerings, and must be approved by the Track Coordinator.  
  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. ______
VI. ALLIED FIELD COURSES 9 courses with indicated laboratories
  1. CHM 131 Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices I (lab included in course)  
2. CHM 132 Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices II (lab included in course)
3. CHM 203 Organic Chemistry I WITH CHM 207 Organic Chemistry Lab
4. CHM 204 Organic Chemistry II WITH CHM 208 Organic Chemistry Lab
  NOTE: CHM 171Q and CHM 172Q, Quest Organic Chemistry WITH CHM 210 will also fulfill the chemistry requirements.
5. PHY 113 General Physics I or PHY 121 Mechanics or PHY 141 Mechanics (Honors)
6. PHY 114 General Physics II or PHY 122 Electricity and Magnetism or PHY 142 Electricity and Magnetism (Honors)
7. MTH 141 Calculus I or MTH 161 Calculus IA or MTH 171Q Honors Calculus I
8. MTH 142 Calculus II or MTH 162 Calculus IIA or MTH 172Q Honors Calculus II
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).

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