Cell & Molecular Biology

Bachelor of Science

A background in cell and molecular biology will prepare you for a variety of careers in the growing field of biotechnology, where you can help develop new medications, treatments and breakthrough research.

Program Overview

Help make life-changing scientific discoveries.

The Cell & Molecular Biology curriculum focuses on courses in advanced cell biology, molecular genetics and biochemistry. Through this dynamic blend of coursework, you’ll gain the foundation you need to pursue a career in biotechnology and advanced degrees in laboratory biology, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and physician assistantships.

An abundance of hands-on research and lab assistantship opportunities will provide you with a truly relevant and immersive education that will place you at the forefront of your field. You’ll also learn theory, critical thinking skills, lab techniques, research methods and other practical skills that will set you up for a meaningful career path.

Under the microscope

Through an abundance of research opportunities, students are transformed into scientists as they learn to think critically, collaborate with scientists in other disciplines, and gather and analyze data quantitatively, all while carrying out the scientific process.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
BIOL 313 Cell and Genetics Laboratory 2 View
BIOL 317 Genome Analysis (with laboratory) 3 View
BIOL 342 Microbiology (with laboratory) 4 View
BIOL 362 Evolution 3 View
BIOL 373 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with laboratory) 4 View
BIOL 420 Molecular Biology (with laboratory) 4 View
BIOL 454 Developmental Biology (with laboratory) 4 View
BIOL 495 Senior Seminar 1 View
BIOL 496 Senior Thesis 2-4 View
CHEM 112 General Chemistry Laboratory I (GT-SC1) 1 View
CHEM 114 General Chemistry Laboratory II 1 View
MATH 213 Probability and Statistics 3 View
PHYS 170 Principles of Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) 4 View
PHYS 171 Principles of Physics II (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) 4 View
PHYS 200 General Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) 4 View
PHYS 201 General Physics II (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) 4 View
 Fall (even years)  Spring (odd years)
BIOL 130 Environmental Biology
BIOL 135  Environmental Biology Lab
BIOL 150 Biological Principles (with Lab)
BIOL 151 Diversity and Patterns of Life (with Lab)
BIOL 301 General Ecology
BIOL 302 Ecology Lab and Recitation
BIOL 310 Cell Biology
BIOL 312 Genetics (with Recitation)
BIOL 342 Microbiology (with Lab)
BIOL 353 Rocky Mountain Flora
BIOL 372 Human Anatomy & Physiology I – (with Lab)
BIOL 430 Wildlife Ecology & Management (with Lab)
BIOL 431 Wildlife Techniques Workshop
BIOL 476 Aquatic Ecology (with Lab)
BIOL 495 Senior Seminar
BIOL 130 Environmental Biology
BIOL 135 Environmental Biology Lab
BIOL 150 Biological Principles (with Lab)
BIOL 151 Diversity and Patterns of Life (with Lab)
BIOL 300 Basic Nutrition
BIOL 301 General Ecology
BIOL 310 Cell Biology
BIOL 312 Genetics (with Recitation)
BIOL 313 Cell and Genetics Lab
BIOL 320 Ornithology (with Recitation and Lab)
BIOL 352 Botany (with Lab)
BIOL 373 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (with Lab)
BIOL 420 Molecular Biology (with Lab)
BIOL 440 Conservation Biology
BIOL 495 Senior Seminar
Fall (odd years) Spring (even years)
BIOL 130 Environmental Biology
BIOL 135 Environmental Biology Lab
BIOL 150 Biological Principles (with Lab)
BIOL 151 Diversity and Patterns of Life (with Lab)
BIOL 301 General Ecology
BIOL 302 Ecology Lab and Recitation
BIOL 310 Cell Biology
BIOL 312 Genetics (with Recitation)
BIOL 327 Field Entomology
BIOL 342 Microbiology (with Lab)
BIOL 362 Evolutionary Biology Theory & Application
BIOL 372 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (with Lab)
BIOL 444 Colorado Ecoregions
BIOL 481 Forest Ecology (with Lab)
BIOL 495 Senior Seminar
BIOL 130 Environmental Biology
BIOL 135 Environmental Biology Lab
BIOL 150 Biological Principles (with Lab)
BIOL 151 Diversity and Patterns of Life (with Lab)
BIOL 300 Basic Nutrition
BIOL 301 General Ecology
BIOL 310 Cell Biology
BIOL 312 Genetics (with Recitation)
BIOL 313 Cell and Genetics Lab
BIOL 322 Mammalogy (with Lab)
BIOL 352 Botany (with Lab)
BIOL 373 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (with Lab)
BIOL 420 Molecular Biology (with Lab)
BIOL 474 Comparative Animal Physiology (with Lab)
BIOL 495 Senior Seminar
Some Biology courses are offered sporadically or only in the Summer.  Course examples include:

BIOL 120 – Studies in Biology
BIOL 353 – Rocky Mountain Flora
BIOL 435 – Animal Behavior
BIOL 454 – Developmental Biology (with Lab)
BIOL 477 – Plant Ecology with Lab

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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Scholarships

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Take your education beyond the classroom.

Get the hands-on learning experience you need to apply your knowledge and launch your career.

  • Lab Assistantships: Students commonly land positions helping their professors with fieldwork and research.
  • Pre-Health Club: Brings together students with a common interest in health fields to network and to provide career preparation, advice and peer support.
  • Thornton Biology Research Program: Students work with faculty mentors on funded and original research.
  • Tri-Beta: Honor society for biology student researchers.

Testing the waters

Cell & Molecular Biology students learn experimentation and laboratory techniques used in cell biology, physiology, and genetics, including experimental design, data analysis, and presentation of research results.

Department Chairperson

Robin A. Bingham, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Administrative Assistant

Samantha Siegfried

Administrative Assistant for NES and MCS

Contact Information

970.943.2015

rbingham@western.edu

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Hurst Hall 128
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231