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Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Track in Cell and Molecular Biology

The field of cell and molecular biology studies the molecular organization and control of cell function. Faculty involved in this program have interests ranging from molecular genetics to immunology, subcellular organization of cell structure, virology, plant biology, microbiology, structural biology, nanotechnology and molecular mechanisms of cellular events.

Students following this academic track often pursue careers in research, medicine, the allied health fields, teaching, or graduate study in genetics, cell, or molecular biology.


Elective Courses
  • BOT 4394 Plant Molecular Biology (3)
  • MCB 4403 Prokaryotic Biology (3)
  • MCB 4403L Prokaryotic Biology Laboratory (2)
  • PCB 4233 Immunology (3)
  • PCB 4233L Immunology Laboratory (1)
  • PCB 4253 Animal Development (3)

Opportunities for Research & Hands-on Experience

Students are strongly encouraged to gain experience in research through sponsoring faculty and their labs. You can become involved in research in these labs and at local research facilities in three ways:

  • Directed Individual Study (BSC 4900) Research or other individual study for credit:
    Available to students with a GPA of 3.0 in courses that apply to the major. Search faculty pages here for appropriate mentors.
  • Honors in the Major (BSC 4970):
    A two-semester independent research experience for qualified students. Available to students with a GPA of 3.2.
  • Volunteering or internships:
    Volunteering is a great way to find out if a topic interests you and gain experience even if you can't make a semester-long commitment (though some students do volunteer long-term). Internships provide experience outside of academic labs. For a list of volunteer and internship opportunities read the Department of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunities page (which isn't only for research).

Facilities

We have a wide range of facilities to enhance your studies and research experience. The department maintains facilities for DNA sequencing; monoclonal antibody production; microscopy with transmission and scanning EM, confocal and fluorescence capabilities; analytical laboratory with HPLCs, gel scanning densitometers, ultracentrifuges, and PCR equipment; computerized molecular modeling and gene database facility; and DNA synthesis and protein sequencing facilities; cell culture; and microarray fabrication and analysis.


Registration

Contact: For details, see the Advising Office or find an appropriate faculty member.
Register here to be added to a voluntary list of track members to receive news and updates of interest to the track via email.