Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Molecular Biosciences

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2017 – 2018.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.

Successful program graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Molecular Biosciences should possess the skills necessary for careers in a variety of disciplines such as molecular biology, medicine, forensics, biochemistry, pharmacology, neuroscience, food chemistry, and environmental science.

Graduates should have a thorough understanding of the scientific disciplines underpinning molecular biosciences, as well as extensive laboratory experience using state-of-the-art equipment. They should also bring understanding of the complex regulatory environment surrounding the biosciences as well as the business skills needed to manage a project.

Program Highlights

This applied degree differs significantly from the traditional undergraduate science degree in several ways, including:

  • Focus on developing a solid scientific background that becomes the foundation for applied laboratory skills
  • Extensive laboratory work with state-of-the-art technologies to foster the development of independent laboratory skills
  • Familiarity with reading, understanding, and discussing research papers in molecular biosciences through participation in the molecular biosciences seminars
  • Exposure to project management and general business skills for laboratory settings
  • Coursework on the regulatory and legal environments within which the molecular biosciences operate
  • Preparation for immediate employment through a capstone project in a laboratory setting

Program Requirements

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Requirements

Prerequisites

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Associate’s degree in Biotechnology, Molecular Sciences Technician, General Science Technician, or equivalent degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7. Math and Science transfer degree students may also be eligible. 90
Demonstrated completion of the following courses or their equivalent:
MATH 130 College Level Statistics 5
MATH& 151/152 Calculus I Calculus II 10
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing 5
CHEM& 161/162/163 General Chemistry sequence 18
CHEM 275 Introduction to Instrumental Analysis 6
BIOL& 160 or 211 General Biology or Biology Majors Cellular 6
BIOL 275 Laboratory Methods in Genomics 6
Science electives as listed in the AAS-T Molecular Sciences Technician science electives 12
BTS 147 Presentation Design and Delivery 3
CMST& 250 or 280 Communication Studies 5
Humanities course from the AAS-DTA list 5
Social Science course from the AAS-DTA list 5

General Education Requirements

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
MBS 410 Modern Topics in Bioethics 5

Core Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
CHEM& 261 Organic Chemistry I 6
CHEM& 262 Organic Chemistry II 6
CHEM& 263 Organic Chemistry III 6
CHEM 405 Biochemistry I 5
CHEM 406 Biochemistry II 5
DA 310 Introduction to Data Analytics 5
MBS 320 Molecular Biosciences Seminar (can be repeated up to three times for credit) 2
MBS 330 Modern Genetics 5
MBS 340 Molecular Cell Biology 5
MBS 350 Bioinformatics 5
MBS 455 Advanced Methods in Molecular Biology 6
MBS 499 Capstone Project 10
PHYS& 114 General Physics I 6
PHYS& 115 General Physics II 6

Upper Division Electives

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Choose 12 credits from the following: 12
BIOL& 260 Microbiology (6 Cr)
BIOL& 241 Anatomy and Physiology I (6 Cr)
BIOL& 242 Anatomy and Physiology II (6 Cr)
BIOL 312 Biology of Cancer (5 Cr)
BTS 280 Project Planning, Tracking, and Reporting (5 Cr)
MBS 430 Systems Immunology (5 Cr)
MBS 460 Introduction to Biomedical and Biotechnology Regulations(2 Cr)
MBS 470 Introduction to Patent Law (2 Cr)

Molecular Biosciences Concentration Total Credits: 95

Grand Total: 186

Entry Requirements

Individuals must have:

  • Associate’s degree in Biotechnology, Molecular Sciences Technician, General Science Technician, or equivalent degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7. Math and Science transfer degree students may also be eligible
  • Demonstrated completion of the following courses or their equivalent:
    • College Level Math: Statistics (MATH 130)
    • Calculus I & II (MATH& 151 and 152)
    • English Composition (ENGL& 101)
    • Technical Writing (ENGL& 235)
    • General Chemistry sequence (CHEM& 161/162/163)
    • Introduction to Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 275)
    • General Biology or Biology Majors Cellular (BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211)
    • Laboratory Methods in Genomics (BIOL 275)
    • Two Science electives as listed in the AAS-T Molecular Sciences Technician science electives
    • Presentation Design and Delivery (BTS 147)
    • Communication Studies (CMST 250 or 280)
    • Humanities course from the AAS-DTA list
    • Social Science course from the AAS-DTA list

Degree Requirements

Completion of all required courses as shown in the worksheet. In addition to eligibility requirements, students must also achieve the following:

  • Complete 90-100 quarter credits in the program with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and minimum GPA of 2.0 for each individual core course (including transferred credits) in all mandatory program courses
  • At least 45 quarter credits for the degree must be completed in residence at Bellevue College, of which 30 credits must be upper division.
  • Courses may be subject to minimum grade requirements and prerequisites. Check online at http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/classes/all/

Application Process

To be considered for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Molecular Biosciences, prospective students must submit the following:

  • Completed general Bellevue College admissions form
  • Non-refundable general admission fee of $34
  • Completed Bachelor of Applied Science in Molecular Biosciences application form
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75
  • Official transcripts from regionally accredited college(s), demonstrating completion of an appropriate associate’s degree or equivalent credits, and the prerequisite courses, with a GPA of 2.7 or higher

Tuition

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Molecular Biosciences is a self-support program and therefore does not necessarily follow the upper division tuition schedule published in the college catalog and quarterly schedule. Tuition includes applicable college and course fees, plus current per credit rates published online.

These courses are not eligible for tuition waivers.


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Last Updated July 19, 2017