MCDB Sample 4 year plan with General Education Requirements

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"Recommended" Four Year Plan for Completing the MCDB Major

(For students who declared the MCDB major Fall 2019 or after)

This is a sample plan.  We recommend you work with your academic advisor to craft a personalized plan that best meets your graduation and career goals. 

First Year - Fall Semester

  • Intro MCDB (MCDB 1150 or MCDB 1111 or EBIO 1210) - 3 credits
  • MCDB 2 credit hour lab* - 2 credits
  • Coseminar (MCDB 1152- recommended) - 1 credits
  • General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 1113&1114)** - 5 credits
  • A&S GE Lower Division Writing - 3 credits
  • Intro to MCDB (MCDB 1020) - 1 credit***recommended, not required

First Year- Spring Semester 

  • Genetics (MCDB 2150 or MCDB 2222) - 3 credits
  • Coseminar (MCDB 2152- recommended) - 1 credits
  • General Chemistry 2 (CHEM 1133&1134) - 5 credits
  • A&S GE Social Science - 3 credits
  • Elective - 3 credits

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

  • Molecular Bio (MCDB 3135) - 3 credits
  • Cell Bio lab (MCDB 3140)**** - 2 credits
  • Organic Chemistry 1 (CHEM 3311&3321) - 5 credits
  • A&S GE Arts & Humanities - 3 credits
  • Elective - 3 credits

Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

  • Cellular Bio (MCDB 3145) - 3 credits
  • Statistics OR Calculus - 3-5 credits
  • A&S GE Arts & Humanities - 3 credits
  • Elective - 3 credits
  • Elective (only needed if taking stats) - 3 credits

Junior Year - Fall Semester

  • Upper Division MCDB Elective  - 3 credits
  • Biochemistry (BCHM 4611) - 3 credits
  • A&S GE Arts & Humanities - 3 credits
  • A&S GE Social Science - 3 credits
  • Upper Division Elective - 3 credits

Junior Year - Spring Semester

  • Upper Division MCDB Elective - 3 credits
  • Developmental Biology (MCDB 4650)- 3 credits
  • A&S GE Social Science - 3 credits
  • Elective - 3 credits
  • Upper Division Elective - 3 credits

Senior Year - Fall Semester

  • MCDB Capstone - 3 credits
  • A&S GE Upper Division Writing - 3 credits
  • A&S GE Arts & Humanities - 3 credits
  • A&S GE Social Science - 3 credits
  • Upper Division Elective - 3 credits

Senior Year- Spring Semester

  • Upper Division MCDB Elective (can also be another scientific reasoning)- 3 credits
  • MCDB Scientific Reasoning - 3 credits
  • Elective - 3 credits
  • Elective - 3 credits
  • Elective - 3 credits

General Notes

MCDB 2 credit hour labs 

  • * MCDB majors are required to take a 2 credit hour research-based lab in their first year.  It can be taken with either MCDB 1150 or MCDB 2150.  Students can chose from MCDB 1161, 1171, 1181 and 2171
  • **** MCDB 3140 can be taken with either MCDB 3135 or MCDB 3145

Preparatory course for General Chemistry 1

  • ** If student has not had chemistry, struggled in chemistry, or has not taken chemistry in a while are recommended to take Intro Chemistry (Chem 1021) before Chem 1113 & 1114.  Take the Chemistry Prep Exam to determine which chemistry you should start with!

Other notes

  • *** Intro to MCDB (MCDB 1020) is NOT required, but recommended. 
  • Students double majoring with CHEM or BCHM should talk to a MCDB advisor
  • MCDB Electives (6 credit hours) See degree audit for a list of courses that can count. 
  • Health Professions Advisors:  Students who plan to pursue a health career or graduate school may need additional courses.  We recommend students work with Health Professions advisors and check the prerequisites of programs they plan to attend to ensure they are adequately prepared.

General Education (GE) and MAPS Considerations

  • This plan assumes you do not have any foreign language or MAPS deficiencies.  If those requirements have not yet been met, coursework needed to meet those requirements can count toward the elective hours needed to graduate.
  • The Natural Science Gen Ed requirement is covered by the MCDB major.
  • This plan assumes you will meet the A&S GE global and US diversity requirements with your Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences GE coursework.
  • Depending on your stats/calculus choice a math course may be needed to meet the GE QRMS