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College of Sciences & Technology

Bachelor of Sciences in Biology With Concentration in Molecular and Cellular

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The Bachelor of Science degree program at the University of Houston-Downtown provides a broad-based curriculum in the liberal arts, the Natural Sciences and a set of courses specifically in biology with a focus in molecular and cellular biology. This concentration requires molecular biology, cellular biology and additional courses that cover a broad collection of topics in molecular and cellular biology. This degree is designed to meet the needs of those interested in careers in medical, dental, or other health professions.

The degree program will prepare those interested in graduate work in cellular or molecular biology. It will also prepare students for rewarding careers through smaller classes, faculty mentoring, modern labs, hands-on experience and flexible class options. Students are encouraged to participate in an appropriate field experience or research activity as part of their curriculum.


Graduates who earn a BS in Biology will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the discipline (Basic Knowledge).
  • Demonstrate the understanding of the ethical standards for the responsible conduct of scientific research and its applications (Ethics).
  • Carry out the independent project-based activity (Research and Knowledge Application).
  • Effectively use the scientific method and scientific reasoning both qualitatively and quantitatively (Scientific Reasoning).
  • Work as part of a team (Teamwork).
  • Demonstrate laboratory skills common to modern laboratories (Laboratory Skills - Technology).
  • Effectively communicate scientific information in writing and in oral presentations (Communication Skills).


The following four-year degree plan is based on the UHD 2016-2017 academic catalog. Students should meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop their own plan.


There are numerous career options to choose from in the field of molecular and cellular biology; many companies need molecular or cellular expertise. Graduates find appealing jobs in medicine, botany, genetics, and biotechnology. This curriculum will prepare students for careers such as::

  • Molecular Biologist
  • Cellular Biologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Biology Teacher (secondary school level)
  • Research Specialist
  • Zoologists
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dietician Nurse
  • Mortician
  • Nutritionists
  • Radiology Technician


  • Bioinformatics 22 Hours Minimum
  • Chemistry 21 Hours Minimum
  • Physics 20 Hours Minimum




We aim to foster your academic, personal, and professional goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the program coordinator.

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