Molecular and Biomedical Science

Molecular biology has evolved in recent years as a response to the increased ability to study organisms at the molecular level. This discipline involves the systematic study of the molecular and structural basis for the organization, transmission and expression of genetic information, in addition to the general study of macromolecular systems involved in the structure of DNA and molecular genetics including gene cloning, sequencing, and mapping. Developments in recombinant DNA technology have opened up entirely new areas of study and provided powerful techniques that are revolutionizing the pharmaceutical, health and agricultural industries and have spawned new industries in biotechnology.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Biomedical Science at the University of Maine are satisfied with completion of at least 120 degree hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 overall in courses of the major.

Requirements of the Undergraduate Degree Program in Molecular and Biomedical Science

JC infected renal proximal tubule epithelial cells
Image of JC infected renal proximal tubule epithelial cells.


  • ENG 101 College Composition (3 cr)

Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • Elective Courses  (18 cr)


  • BIO 350 Genetics (3 cr)


  • MAT 126 Calculus I (4 cr)
  • MAT 127 Calculus II (4 cr)
  • STS 132 Principles of Statistical Inference (3 cr)


  • PHY 111/121 Physics I (4 cr)
  • PHY 112/122 Physics II (4 cr)


  • CHY 121 Introduction to Chemistry (3 cr)
  • CHY 123 Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory (1 cr)
  • CHY 122 The Molecular Basis of Chemical Change (3 cr)
  • CHY 124 The Molecular Basis of Chemical Change (1 cr)
  • CHY 251 Organic Chemistry Lecture I (3 cr)
  • CHY 252 Organic Chemistry Lecture II (3 cr)
  • CHY 253 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2 cr)
  • CHY 254 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2 cr)

Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biochemistry and Microbiology:

  • BMB 150/HON 150 Phage Genome Discovery I (4 cr)
  • BMB 155/HON 155 Phage Genome Discovery II (4 cr)
  • BMB 280 Cellular and Molecular Biology (3 cr)
  • BMB 300 General Microbiology (3 cr)
  • BMB 305 General Microbiology Laboratory (2 cr)
  • BMB 360 Biochemistry for Molecular & Biomedical Sciences  (3 cr)
  • BMB 400 Introductory Molecular Biology (3 cr)
  • BMB 460 Advanced Biochemistry (3 cr)
  • BMB 464 Analytical and Preparative Biochemical Laboratory (4 cr)
  • BMB 480 Seminar in Molecular and Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)
  • BMB 490 Genetics Laboratory (3 cr)
  • BMB 491 Molecular and Biological Sciences Research (6 cr)

Program Electives: (10 cr) 

  • Selected from courses offered, by approval of advisor 

Free Electives: (9 cr)

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