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Molecular Biology

Program Description

The Molecular Biology concentration is designed for students who have a desire to continue their education through graduate school. This option will prepare students for graduate training programs in the biological sciences, including cellular and molecular biology, immunology, pharmacology and genetics, and will also prepare graduates for entry-level positions in biological research and technology laboratories. This option will also provide a solid foundation for application to health-related professional schools.

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Biology Department
Auburn University at Montgomery
Goodwyn Hall 301

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Molecular Biology major includes:

Required Courses

Course #

Course Name

Course Description

BIOL 4073

Immunobiology (writing intensive)

Topics include the molecules, cells, and organs involved in the immune response; genetic control of the immune response; the normal functions of the immune system; and immunopathology. This course includes a required laboratory component. Prerequisite or Co-requisite BIOL 3303.

BIOL 4350/4351

Cell Biology/Lab

A study of cell structure and function. The generalized cell, specialized cell, and the cell as an organism will be considered from the viewpoint of classical cytology and in terms of current biochemical, optical, and ultra-structural studies.

BIOL 2410

Biomedical Vocabulary

An introduction  to medical word roots, combining forms, prefixes, and suffixes needed for building an effective verbal and written biomedical vocabulary. Prerequisite BIOL 1020, BIOL 1021, ENGL 1020.

BIOL 4603

Molecular Genetics (writing intensive)

Topics include the fundamentals of DNA structure, replication, mutation and repair, gene expression; recombinant DNA techniques; and applications of biotechnology in medicine, agriculture, and industry. This course includes a required laboratory component. Prerequisite BIOL 2010, BIOL 2011, or BIOL 3010, BIOL 3011 and BIOL 3303.


Biology electives

16 semester hours of Biology Elective component, including three courses with laboratories.

CHEM 3300/3301


A standard biochemistry course for students in the health and physical sciences. Emphasis on the major biomolecules and basic metabolism. Prerequisite CHEM 2300 or CHEM 3100 and CHEM 3101.