2022-2023 University Catalog 
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2022-2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Molecular Biology Major

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Director B. Hoopes

This program is intended for students who are interested in biology at the molecular level and who wish to take several courses in both biology and chemistry. Interested students should see biology professors Ay, Belanger, Hagos, Holm, Hoopes, Meyers, Taye, or Van Wynsberghe.

Major Requirements

Course requirements are described below.


All of the Following

Process of Biology

One course from the following:

Three Electives

One elective can be at any level. Of the two remaining electives, one must be numbered 300 or higher and one must be numbered 330 or higher. One of these two 300-level courses must have a laboratory component. Only one research-based course numbered 470 or higher can count toward the major. 


Research Tutorial Experience

Research Tutorial Experience

  • A one-credit research experience, normally satisfied with a research tutorial (a course numbered BIOL 470-490).
  • Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the Colgate Study Group (BIOL 393 or BIOL 493) may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • UROPS courses taken at the National University of Singapore (NUS) may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • With prior approval by the biology department, a senior-level independent study course or capstone experience in another department may be used to fulfill the research requirement.

Cognate Courses



General Chemistry Option

The following two courses:

Cognate Courses

Math or Computer Science Course

  • one course in mathematics or computer science (except COSC 100  or COSC 150 ). The math course requirement may be met by taking  .

Honors and High Honors

Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the Biology  department page.

Biology Department

For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the Biology department  catalog page.

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