Molecular Biology Curriculum

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Associate of Science

First Year

  Course Title Credits
GenEd: CS  COLS 1000 Introduction to College Success: First-Year Seminar 3
GenEd: LAB  BIOL 1010*  General Biology 4
GenEd: STEM CHEM 1020* General Chemistry I 4
GenEd: QR MATH 2200*+• Calculus I 4
      Semester Credits 15
  Course Title Credits
  MICR 2240 Medical Microbiology 4
GenEd: CV  CO/M 2010*  Public Speaking 3
GenEd: STEM CHEM 1030* General Chemistry II 4
GenEd: CW ENGL 1010*+ English I: Composition 
      Semester Credits 14

Second Year

  Course Title Credits
  CHEM 2420* Organic Chemistry I (Fall Only) 4
  PHYS 1110* General Physics I (Fall Only) 4
  STAT 2050* -OR-  Fundamentals of Statistics 4
  STAT 2070* Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences 4
GenEd: AA    Choose from approved Aesthetic Analysis courses 3
      Semester Credits 15
  Course Title Credits
  CHEM 2440* Organic Chemistry II (Spring Only) 4
  PHYS 1120*  General Physics II (Spring Only) 4
    Choose from approved elective courses 3-4
GenEd: CA    Choose from approved Cultural Awareness courses. ANTH 1200 recommended. 3
GenEd: WY    Choose from approved U.S./Wyoming Constitution courses 3
      Semester Credits 17-18

Total Credits: 61-62

*This course has at least one prerequisite. Check the Course Descriptions section of the catalog to see the course prerequisites.

+If the placement test score is not adequate for course enrollment, students must complete the appropriate developmental course(s) before enrolling. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement with their advisor before planning out their full program schedules.

•If the student places into a higher level math or has completed a higher level math than required by the program, the student may request program applicable course substitutions in consultation with their advisor and faculty to fulfill the remaining credits needed to complete the degree.


Learning Competencies

  1. Design or evaluate experiments testing predictions using controls and managing variables (control of variables).
  2. Use logic, statistics, probabilities, or proportions to determine an outcome (proportional and probability reasoning).
  3. Examine mutual/direct, inverse or lack of relationships between variables (correlation reasoning).
  4. Apply scientific principles to make observations, analyze patterns and trends to arrive at an explanatory generalization / testable hypotheses (inductive reasoning).
  5. Apply scientific principles to evaluate hypotheses by analyzing or reflecting on experimental data to reach a specific conclusion (deductive reasoning).
  6. Demonstrate an ability to gather, evaluate, synthesize, and apply primary scientific and technical literature. (scientific literacy)
  7. Identify the role science plays in historical and contemporary issues (human culture).
  8. Effectively communicate about sciences and its conclusions to multiple audiences (professional, peers, general public) in multiple formats (interpersonal, verbal, and written).
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the standards that define ethical scientific behavior (honesty, safety, social responsibility).