Academic Catalog 2016-2017 
    May 22, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Molecular Biology, B.S.

University General Education Core Curriculum - 43 hrs

The University General Education Core Curriculum is applied to all degrees at Wayland Baptist University with the exception of the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) and the Bachelor of Christian Ministry (B.C.M.) degrees. The full general education core curriculum for these degrees can be found in the degree specific general education core curriculum section.

Bachelor of Science Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 14 hrs

The Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) is a minimum 124-semester hour degree designed for students who wish to pursue a career in mathematics or one of the sciences. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). Major and minor fields of study included in the degree also have upper-level requirements. As these may vary depending on the discipline selected, specific requirements are included in the discipline sections of the catalog. Because of the nature of the degree, it includes additional study in mathematics and science. These additional requirements are included in the degree specific general education core. In addition to the University Core Curriculum, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.S. degree:

Academic Major and Minor

Major fields of study approved for the B.S. degree are listed in the Academic Program Profile table following the degree requirement section of the catalog Major requirements for the degree are at least 30 semester hours. Specific semester hours as well as course requirements are included in that section of the catalog dedicated to the discipline selected.

Students pursuing the B.S. degree must select a minor from any discipline identified by the University as an approved minor field. The typical minor consists of 18 semester hours. In composite science, major and minor requirements are combined into a 48-semester hour major. Specific semester hours as well as course requirements for the minor are included in that section of the catalog dedicated to the discipline selected. A complete list of minors is included in the Academic Program Profile section.


Students may complete the minimum of 124 semester hours required for the degree with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.

Molecular Biology Course Requirements

The major requires 40 semester hours, of which at least 32 hours are upper-level. Twenty-eight of these hours are from a set core and 12 hours are selected from the additional courses listed. Students are encouraged to choose these 12 hours such that they best prepare the student for their future career goals. *MATH 1306 Elementary Statistics , MSCI 2311 Scientific Computing , and MSCI 3101 Faith and Science Seminar  are required courses for all math and science majors. MATH 1306  and MSCI 2311  can each be used to fulfill three hours of general education and degree core requirements in math and computer literacy, respectively. Students are encouraged to complete a chemistry minor with this major. Up to 4 hours from MSCI 4X03 and MSCI 4360  may be counted toward the 12 hours of biology electives for the degree.

Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology with Chemistry Minor Possible Sequence of Courses

The following is ONE four-year schedule that would result in the B. S. degree in molecular biology. Many other permutations of this plan are possible including additional majors and/or minors in other disciplines. All upper-level science courses are on rotation making exact duplication of this four-year plan impossible for some students. This plan is intended as a guide only. Students are strongly encouraged to choose their courses in consultation with their advisor.

Sophomore Year Fall Semester - 17 hrs:

Sophomore Year Spring Semester - 17-18 hrs:

Junior Year Fall Semester - 14-15 hrs:

Junior Year Spring Semester - 14 hrs:

Senior Year Fall Semester - 16 hrs:

Senior Year Spring Semester - 13 hrs:


To reduce hours per semester, plan to take May and/or summer classes.

Upper-level biology and chemistry courses are offered on a rotating basis, where some courses are taught every other year. This will require flexibility to move courses between the junior and senior years.

If a student is seeking entrance into medical school or some other professional school, there may be other requirements as prerequisite courses such as Physics I and II that are not part of the molecular biology program which must be added in the junior and senior years.