Cell and Molecular Biology Track

The Cell and Molecular Biology Track provides students with the background, experience and skills sought after by leading graduate programs and institutions and companies that conduct biomedical research. We get interested students involved research projects as early as possible, often before the end of the Freshman year. This makes students highly competitive for summer research internships, and they frequently comment that they were better prepared and had more experience than other interns at their site.

Our Program features cell and tissue culture to study the development of neurons and cancer cell growth, advanced phase and fluorescence microscopy, access to DNA microarrays through the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT) and DNA sequencing and Bioinformatics to identify new species of microbes from a variety of environments. Of course we also have instrumentation for standard Molecular Biology work such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), cloning and electrophoresis.

Current students and recent graduates who have chosen the Cell and Molecular Biology Track have presented and won awards for their research at conferences such as the Society for Neuroscience in Atlanta, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in Toronto and Boston, the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences (PAS) and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Recent graduates have gone on to Ph.D. programs at Harvard, Boston University, Vanderbilt, University of Maryland, Purdue, Georgetown, Thomas Jefferson University, Lehigh University, Case Western Reserve University and many others.

Other graduates have taken scientific positions at Merck Pharmaceuticals, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, the American Type Culture Collection, The Wadsworth Center, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Hershey Medical Center and other companies and institutions.

To earn your degree following the Cellular and Molecular Biology Track, you must successfully complete the following courses in addition to the core courses required by all tracks:

  • Genetics (BIO 222)
  • Cell Biology (BIO 435)
  • Either Genome Analysis (BIO 432) or Molecular Biology (BIO 437)

In addition to the core courses and track specific courses, one or more electives must be taken from Cellular & Molecular Biology (Group 1), Organismal Biology (Group 2) or Ecology & Evolution (Group 3) for each track. To finish the Cellular and Molecular Biology Track, you must choose one course from each of the three Groups.

So if Cell and Molecular Biology sounds like the career path for you, come join us in the lab!

For more information on Groups and course descriptions, please refer to the College Catalog.