University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Sep 29, 2023  

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S.

The bachelor of science degree with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology prepares students for medical school and other professional schools, graduate school and for careers in life, agricultural and medical sciences. Active areas of research by department faculty include molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology of plants, insects and humans. Students with a specific interest in any of these areas should contact the department as early as possible for advisement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a strong fundamental knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • present clear scientific talks and demonstrate sound, scientific writing.

Contact Information

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
145 Howard Medical Sciences
(775) 784-6031


For questions about academic advising:

All incoming, students, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors should contact:

CABNR Advising Center, in FA 236  
(775) 784-1634

Seniors should contact their faculty mentor:

Dr. Patricia Ellison (A-L) –

Dr. Hanna Damke (M-Z) –


Juniors should contact Dr. Hanna Damke – for research laboratory placement for senior thesis.


All students can contact their faculty mentor for career advising:

Dr. Patricia Ellison (A-L) –

Dr. Hanna Damke (M-Z) –


Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking  at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (27-30 units)

NOTE: Refer to Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (4 units) - CO2

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (8 units) - CO4, CO4L

Select one sequence:

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6  courses.

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7  courses.

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (9 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

The following courses count in the general education requirement:

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10  courses.

C. Global Context - CO11

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO11  courses.

D. Ethics - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

F. Application - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirement (74-76 units)

E. Biological Science Directed Electives (6-7 units)

Students must take two biological science directed electives from the following courses. At least one of these MUST be a 300-400 level AGSC, BCH, BIOL, BIOT, CHEM or MICR course (BIOL 395 is not an acceptable elective)

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VI. Electives (5-10 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

Use the Planner in MyNEVADA to build a custom graduation plan. Review and adjust the plan in each academic advisement session.

A. First Year

B. Second Year

C. Third Year

First Semester (15 units)

D. Fourth Year

First Semester (15 units)

Second Semester (13 units)