Carnegie Mellon University

B.S. in Biological Sciences Course Requirements

The B.S. in Biological Sciences is built around a core program and elective units:

Biological Sciences

03-121 Modern Biology 9
03-231
or
03-232
Biochemistry


9


03-240 Cell Biology 9
03-250
or
03-251
and
03-252
Introduction to Computational Biology 12
03-330 Genetics 9
03-343 Experimental Genetics and Molecular Biology 12
03-344
or
03-345
Experimental Biochemistry
or
Experimental Cell and Developmental Biology
12

03-201
and/or
03-202

Colloquium

2

03-411
and/or
03-412

Topics in Research

2

03-XXX Biological Sciences Electives* 54

Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science

21-120 Differential and Integral Calculus 10

21-122
or
21-124

Integration, Differential Equations, and Approximation
or
Calculus II for Biologists and Chemists

10
33-111 Physics for Science Students I 12
33-112 Physics for Science Students II 12
15-110
or
15-112
Introductory/Intermediate Programming 10
99-101
or
99-102
Computer Skills Workshop 3


Chemistry

09-105 Introduction to Modern Chemistry 10
09-106 Modern Chemistry II 10
09-217 Organic Chemistry I 9
09-218 Organic Chemistry II 9
09-221 Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis 12
09-222 Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis 12

Total

  249

Elective Units

Free Electives 39
H&SS and Fine Arts Electives**
(see Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts Requirements section of Mellon College of Science within the online undergraduate catalog)
72

Minimum number of units required for degree:

360

*Biological Sciences Electives
The following specifications apply to Biological Sciences electives:

  • At least 18 units must be at the 03-3xx level or above, exclusive of 03-445 Undergraduate Research.
  • Up to three interdisciplinary electives may count as biological sciences electives.
  • Up to 18 units of 03-445 Undergraduate Research may count as biology electives; a maximum of 36 units of 03-445 can count toward graduation.
  • Courses in biology taken through cross-registration at another university may count as electives if prior permission has been obtained from the Carnegie Mellon Department of Biological Sciences advisor.

**As defined by the Mellon College of Science's general education.