Typical Paths

Five sample schedules fulfilling the MOL Major*

No Chemistry AP, Example 1
Year Fall Spring
First-Year CHM 201 CHM 202, COS 126
Sophomore CHM 301, MOL 214 CHM 302, MOL 348
Junior MOL 345, MOL 350 MOL 342, PHY 108
Senior SML 201, Departmental Departmental
No Chemistry AP, Example 2
Year Fall Spring
First-Year CHM 201, COS 126 (or MAT 103) CHM 202, MOL 214
Sophomore CHM 301, SML 201 CHM 302, MOL 348
Junior MOL 345, MOL 350 MOL 342, PHY 108
Senior Departmental Departmental
No Chemistry AP, Pre-Med
Year Fall Spring
First-Year CHM 201, COS 126 (or MAT 103) CHM 202, MOL 214
Sophomore CHM 301, EEB 211 CHM 302, MOL 348, SML 201
Junior MOL 345, MOL 350, PHY 101 MOL 342, PHY 108
Senior Departmental Departmental
Chemistry AP 5, Example 1
Year Fall Spring
First-Year CHM 301 CHM 302, MOL 214
Sophomore MOL 345 MOL 348, PHY 108
Junior MOL 350, COS 126 MOL 342, SML 201
Senior Departmental Departmental
Chemistry AP 6, Example 2
Year Fall Spring
First-Year MOL 214 COS 126, MOL 348
Sophomore CHM 301, SML 201 CHM 302, MOL 320
Junior MOL 345, Departmental MOL 342, PHY 108
Senior Departmental Departmental

*Notes

  1. There are many other possibilities in addition to the sample schedules shown above.
  2. MOL 214 and MOL 345 are offered in both the fall and spring semesters.
  3. Junior independent work and a senior thesis are also required for graduation.
  4. MOL 320 has limited enrollment and is offered in the spring to sophomores who intend to concentrate in MOL and plan to study abroad in the fall of junior year, or have taken/are concurrently taking MOL 348 and want an early introduction to research methods and laboratory experience. MOL 320 and MOL 350 are considered equivalent courses and only one can be taken.

Strategic Advice for First-Years/Sophomores

To major in Molecular Biology, you must take MOL 214 before the end of your sophomore year. You must also complete the four-semester sequence of general and organic chemistry before the start of junior year. If you don’t have AP credit in chemistry, this means taking CHM 201 (or CHM 207) in the fall semester of your first year. Incoming first-years with one semester AP credit in chemistry take CHM 202 or CHM 215 in the spring semester of their first year. Students with two semesters AP credit in chemistry can take organic chemistry as either first-years or sophomores. Finally, students who take first-year Integrated Science are exempted from taking general chemistry (and MOL 214), and should take organic chemistry sophomore year.

If you enjoyed MOL 214 and are interested in another MOL course, you can take MOL 348 as a sophomore or even as a first-year. It is also helpful to begin fulfilling the quantitative and physics requirements during your first-year/sophomore years by taking at least one of the following courses: SML 201, COS 126, or PHY 108. (Sophomores may not be able to get into PHY 108; it is fine to wait until junior year.)