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Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Science Major

Effective Fall 2019

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in CMBS may not elect the following majors: Biology; Biology, Health, and Society (formerly known as General Biology); Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Science (formerly known as CMB:BME); Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB - formerly known as Cellular & Molecular Biology or CMB); Microbiology; Plant Biology; Biochemistry; Biomolecular Science; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

Advising

Upon acceptance into the program, each student will be assigned two advisors, one in MCDB and one in Biomedical Engineering.

Student course selections must be approved by both advisors each term. Students are advised by a combination of Undergraduate Biology Office staff and faculty department advisors. Advising topics include investigating majors, declaring a major, course planning, research and honors, major releases, graduate school and career advice. Students who are interested in the CMBS major should consult a general advisor during the freshman year, and are strongly encouraged to meet with a department advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the second term of their sophomore year. To make an appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/.

MS phase

A student may apply to the M.S. phase during the fourth year, when the student has achieved senior standing. At this time, the student must formally apply to the Rackham Graduate School for admission to the M.S. program in Biomedical Engineering. Students with a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA in the B.S. program in CMBS and who are judged by both academic advisors as making timely progress towards the B.S. degree will be admitted to the M.S. phase. Students will be charged graduate tuition for only one academic year. Students are never jointly enrolled in LSA and Rackham; however, students can begin to take graduate BME courses as undergraduates with the permission of the instructor.

Please see the Rackham website for specific policies: 

https://rackham.umich.edu/navigating-your-degree/sugs-information/

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for CMBS:

Minimum 46 cr. in Major

Minimum 3.2 Cumulative GPA is required for admission to the M.S. program.

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Major

Major GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for major requirements (including cognates), and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

The introductory biology sequence must be taken for a grade. Prerequisites other than introductory biology may be taken pass/fail; however, it is not recommended, especially for chemistry. Remember that at least a C- must be earned to pass a course taken pass/fail. 

Courses used for the major may not be taken pass/fail.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A, B, or C:

          A. BIOLOGY 171, BIOLOGY 172 or 174, & BIOLOGY 173; or
          B. BIOLOGY 195 (AP/IB) & BIOLOGY 173; or
          C. BIOLOGY 191 (transfer credit), BIOLOGY 192, & BIOLOGY 173

Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM 210 & 211; and,
  • CHEM 215 & 216


Quantitative Analysis Sequence:

  • CALCULUS I: MATH 115, 120 (AP), or 185; and
  • CALCULUS II: MATH 116, 121 (AP), 156, or 186

Physics Sequence:

  • Physics I (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 125 & 127; 135 & 136; 140 & 141; or 160 & 161.  PHYSICS 139 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.
  • Physics II (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 126 & 128; 235 & 236; 240 & 241; or 260 & 261.  PHYSICS 239 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.

Undergraduate Engineering:

  • ENGR 101 or EECS 183

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 46

Biology Core Courses:

  • Biology Elective: Choose one course from the following: Any specific BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB course at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level (EXCEPT BIOLOGY 200, 201, 241, or 299; EEB 300, 301, 302, 399, or 499; MCDB 300, 301, 302, 360 360 (if elected WN21 or later), 399, 412, 460 (if elected WN21 or later), 461 (if elected WN21 or later), or 499)
  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Biochemistry: Choose from: MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
  • Genetics Laboratory: BIOLOGY 306  or  Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory: MCDB 429*
  • Molecular Biology: MCDB 427*
  • Cell Biology: MCDB 428* or BIOMEDE 418*
  • Advanced MCDB Course: Choose one course from: MCDB 400 (3 cr. min./max.), 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 408, 409, 410, 411, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 425, 426, 430, 433, 434 (only if elected FA19 or later), 435, 436, 440, 441, 444, 447 (only if elected FA19 or later), 448, 450, 451 (only if elected FA19 or later), 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458, 459, 462, 463, 464 (Only when elected FA20 or later), 465 (Only when elected FA20 or later), 472 (Only when elected FA20 or later), 469, 471, 489, 589

      *See Rackham policies on transfer and double-counting, and consult with the BME Master's Program regarding graduate requirements

Engineering Core Courses:

  • Calculus III: Math 215
  • Differential Equations: Math 216
  • Biophysical Chemistry & Thermodynamics: BIOMEDE 221
  • Biomechanics: BIOMEDE 231
  • Bioreaction Engineering & Design: BIOMEDE 321
  • Biofluid Mechanics: BIOMEDE 331
  • Biomedical Engineering Design: BIOMEDE 350

 

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are excluded from the 46 cr. required for the major
  • A maximum of three credits of independent research (MCDB 400) may be counted toward the major.  Three credits must be completed in one term to meet the Advanced MCDB Course requirement.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the BIOLOGY, EEB, MCDB, and MICRBIOL subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

The Program in Biology administers an Honors Program to train students to conduct independent research in the biological sciences.  Participating in the honors program allows students to develop their research skills, deepen their understanding of the field, and form productive relationships with faculty and other students.  The achievement is noted on the diploma and official transcript.

In addition to completing all the requirements for the major, an honors degree requires:

  1. an overall and major GPA of at least 3.4, and
  2. the completion of a significant piece of independent research that is
    • reported in an honors thesis and
    • presented in a public forum.

For more information, consult the Program in Biology Honors Program Information page or a Program in Biology advisor.

Cellular and Molecular Biology and Biomedical Engineering (Major) (Winter 2019 - Summer 2019)

Effective Winter 2019

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in CMB:BME may not elect the following majors: Biology; Biology, Health, and Society (formerly known as General Biology); Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB); Microbiology; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB); Plant Biology; Biochemistry; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

Advising

Upon acceptance into the program, each student will be assigned two advisors, one in MCDB and one in Biomedical Engineering.

Student course selections must be approved by both advisors each term. Students are advised by a combination of Undergraduate Biology Office staff and faculty department advisors. Advising topics include investigating majors, declaring a major, course planning, research and honors, major releases, graduate school and career advice. Students who are interested in the CMB:BME major should consult a general advisor during the freshman year, and are strongly encouraged to meet with a department advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the second term of their sophomore year. To make an appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/.

MS phase

A student may apply to the M.S. phase during the fourth year, when the student has achieved senior standing. For admission to the M.S. phase, the student must minimally have completed all major prerequisites and be judged by both academic advisors as making satisfactory progress towards the B.S. At this time, the student must formally apply to the Rackham Graduate School for admission to the M.S. program in Biomedical Engineering. Students with a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA in the B.S. program in CMB and who are judged by both academic advisors as making timely progress towards the B.S. degree will be admitted to the M.S. phase. Students will be charged graduate tuition for only one academic year. Students are never jointly enrolled in LSA and Rackham; however, students can begin to take graduate BME courses as undergraduates with the permission of the instructor.

Please see the Rackham website for specific policies: www.rackham.umich.edu/help/academic_records/sugs_information_for_engineering/

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for CMB:BME:

Minimum 47 cr. in Major

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Major

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for major requirements (including cognates), and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

Minimum 3.2 Cumulative GPA is needed for admission to the M.S. program.

The introductory biology sequence must be taken for a grade. Prerequisites other than introductory biology may be taken pass/fail; however, it is not recommended, especially for chemistry. Remember that at least a C- must be earned to pass a course taken pass/fail. 

Courses used for the major may not be taken pass/fail.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A, B, or C:

          A. BIOLOGY 171, BIOLOGY 172 or 174, & BIOLOGY 173; or
          B. BIOLOGY 195 (AP/IB) & BIOLOGY 173; or
          C. BIOLOGY 191 (transfer credit), BIOLOGY 192, & BIOLOGY 173

Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM 210 & 211; and,
  • CHEM 215 & 216


Quantitative Analysis Sequence:

  • CALCULUS I: MATH 115, 120 (AP), or 185; and
  • CALCULUS II: MATH 116, 121 (AP), 156, or 186

Physics Sequence:

  • Physics I (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 125 & 127; 135 & 136; 140 & 141; or 160 & 161.  PHYSICS 139 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.
  • Physics II (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 126 & 128; 235 & 236; 240 & 241; or 260 & 261.  PHYSICS 239 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.

Undergraduate Engineering:

  • ENGR 101 or EECS 183

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 47

Core Courses:

  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Biochemistry: Choose from: MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
  • Genetics Laboratory: BIOLOGY 306
  • Molecular Biology: MCDB 427
  • Cell Biology: MCDB 428 or BIOMEDE 418
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory: MCDB 429

Advanced MCDB Course:

  • Choose one course from: MCDB 400 (3 cr. min./max.), 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 408, 409 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), 410, 411, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420 (only if elected WN19 or later), 421, 422, 423, 425, 426, 430, 433, 434 (only if elected FA19 or later), 435, 436, 440, 441, 444, 447 (only if elected FA19 or later), 448, 450, 451 (only if elected FA19 or later), 452 (only if elected WN19 or later), 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 459, 462, 463 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), 464 (only if elected FA15 or later), 465 (only if elected FA15 or later),469, 471, 472 (only if elected FA15 or later), 489, 589

Biology Elective(s):

  • Choose course(s) to reach 47 credits in major: Any specific BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB course at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level (EXCEPT BIOLOGY 200, 201, 241, 299 (only if elected WN19 or later); EEB 300, 301, 302; MCDB 300, 301, 302, 360 (only if elected WN21 or later), 412, 460 (only if elected WN21 or later), or 461 (only if elected WN21 or later).

Engineering Courses:

  • Choose either Series 1 or 2
    1. Chemical Engineering: CHE 230, CHE 330, and CHE 342 or 344
    2. Biomedical Engineering: BIOMEDE 221, BIOMEDE 321, and BIOMEDE 331

Cognates:

  • STATS 400, 401, 412, or 425 (min. 3 credits)
  • MATH 215
  • MATH 216

 

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are excluded from the 47 cr. required for the major
  • A maximum of three credits of independent research (MCDB 400) may be counted toward the major.  Three credits must be completed in one term to meet the Advanced MCDB Course requirement.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the BIOLOGY, EEB, MCDB, and MICRBIOL subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

The Program in Biology administers an Honors Program to train students to conduct independent research in the biological sciences.  Participating in the honors program allows students to develop their research skills, deepen their understanding of the field, and form productive relationships with faculty and other students.  The achievement is noted on the diploma and official transcript.

In addition to completing all the requirements for the major, an honors degree requires:

  1. an overall and major GPA of at least 3.4, and
  2. the completion of a significant piece of independent research that is
    • reported in an honors thesis and
    • presented in a public forum.

For more information, consult the Program in Biology Honors Program Information page or a Program in Biology advisor.

Cellular and Molecular Biology and Biomedical Engineering (Major) (Fall 2018)

Effective Fall 2018

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in CMB:BME may not elect the following majors: Biology; Biology, Health, and Society (formerly known as General Biology); Cellular and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; Biochemistry; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

Advising

Upon acceptance into the program, each student will be assigned two advisors, one in MCDB and one in Biomedical Engineering.

Student course selections must be approved by both advisors each term. Students are advised by a combination of Undergraduate Biology Office staff and faculty department advisors. Advising topics include investigating majors, declaring a major, course planning, research and honors, major releases, graduate school and career advice. Students who are interested in the CMB majors or minors should consult a general advisor during the freshman year, and are strongly encouraged to meet with a department advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the second term of their sophomore year. It is not necessary to complete every prerequisite before declaring a major. To make an appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/.

MS phase

A student may apply to the M.S. phase during the fourth year, when the student has achieved senior standing. For admission to the M.S. phase, the student must minimally have completed all major prerequisites and be judged by both academic advisors as making satisfactory progress towards the B.S. At this time, the student must formally apply to the Rackham Graduate School for admission to the M.S. program in Biomedical Engineering. Students with a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA in the B.S. program in CMB and who are judged by both academic advisors as making timely progress towards the B.S. degree will be admitted to the M.S. phase. Students will be charged graduate tuition for only one academic year. Students are never jointly enrolled in LSA and Rackham; however, students can begin to take graduate BME courses as undergraduates with the permission of the instructor.

Please see the Rackham website for specific policies: www.rackham.umich.edu/help/academic_records/sugs_information_for_engineering/

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for CMB:BME:

Minimum 47 cr. in Major

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Major

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for major requirements (including cognates), and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

Minimum 3.2 Cumulative GPA is needed for admission to the M.S. program.

The introductory biology sequence must be taken for a grade. Prerequisites other than introductory biology may be taken pass/fail; however, it is not recommended, especially for chemistry. Remember that at least a C- must be earned to pass a course taken pass/fail. 

Courses used for the major may not be taken pass/fail.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A, B, or C:

          A. BIOLOGY 171, BIOLOGY 172 or 174, & BIOLOGY 173; or
          B. BIOLOGY 195 (AP/IB) & BIOLOGY 173; or

          C. BIOLOGY 191 (transfer credit), BIOLOGY 192, & BIOLOGY 173

Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM 210 & 211; and,
  • CHEM 215 & 216


Quantitative Analysis Sequence:

  • CALCULUS I: MATH 115, 120 (AP), or 185; and
  • CALCULUS II: MATH 116, 121 (AP), 156, or 186

Physics Sequence:

  • Physics I (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 125 & 127, 135 & 136, 140 & 141, or 160 & 161.  PHYSICS 139 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.
  • Physics II (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 126 & 128, 235 & 236, 240 & 241, or 260 & 261.  PHYSICS 239 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.

Undergraduate Engineering:

  • ENGR 101 or EECS 183

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 47

Core Courses:

  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Biochemistry: Choose from: MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
  • Genetics Laboratory: BIOLOGY 306
  • Molecular Biology: MCDB 427
  • Cell Biology: MCDB 428 or BIOMEDE 418
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory: MCDB 429

Advanced CMB Course:

  • Choose one course from: MCDB 400 (3 cr. min./max.), 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 408, 409 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), 410, 411, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), 421, 422, 423, 425, 426, 430, 433, 434 (only if elected FA19 or later), 435, 436, 440, 441, 444, 447 (only if elected FA19 or later), 448, 450, 451 (only if elected FA19 or later), 452 (only if elected WN19 or later), 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 459, 462, 463 (only if elected WN19 or later), 464 (only if elected FA20 or later), 465 (only if elected FA20 or later), 469, 471 (only if elected FA20 or later), 489, 589

Biology Elective(s):

  • Choose course(s) to reach 47 credits in major: Any specific BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB course at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level (EXCEPT BIOLOGY 200, 201, 241, 299 (only if elected WN19 or later); EEB 300, 301, 302; MCDB 300, 301, 302, 360 (only if elected WN21 or later), 412, 460 (only if elected WN21 or later), or 461 (only if elected WN21 or later).

Engineering Courses:

  • Choose either Series 1 or 2
    1. Chemical Engineering: CHE 230, CHE 330, and CHE 342 or 344
    2. Biomedical Engineering: BIOMEDE 221, BIOMEDE 321, and BIOMEDE 331

Cognates:

  • STATS 400, 401, 412, or 425 (min. 3 credits)
  • MATH 215
  • MATH 216

 

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are excluded from the 47 cr. required for the major
  • A maximum of three credits of independent research (MCDB 400) may be counted toward the major.  Three credits must be completed in one term to meet the Advanced CMB Course requirement.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the BIOLOGY, EEB, MCDB, and MICRBIOL subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

The Program in Biology administers an Honors Program to train students to conduct independent research in the biological sciences.  Participating in the honors program allows students to develop their research skills, deepen their understanding of the field, and form productive relationships with faculty and other students.  The achievement is noted on the diploma and official transcript.

In addition to completing all the requirements for the major, an honors degree requires:

  1. a major GPA of at least 3.4, and
  2. the completion of a significant piece of independent research that is
    • reported in an honors thesis and
    • presented in a public forum.

For more information, consult the Program in Biology Honors Program Information page or a Program in Biology advisor.

Cellular and Molecular Biology and Biomedical Engineering (Major) (Winter 2018 - Summer 2018)

Effective Winter 2018

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in CMB:BME may not elect the following majors: Biology; Biology, Health, and Society (formerly known as General Biology); Cellular and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; Biochemistry; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

Advising

Upon acceptance into the program, each student will be assigned two advisors, one in MCDB and one in Biomedical Engineering.

Student course selections must be approved by both advisors each term. Students are advised by a combination of Undergraduate Biology Office staff and faculty department advisors. Advising topics include investigating majors, declaring a major, course planning, research and honors, major releases, graduate school and career advice. Students who are interested in the CMB majors or minors should consult a general advisor during the freshman year, and are strongly encouraged to meet with a department advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the second term of their sophomore year. It is not necessary to complete every prerequisite before declaring a major. To make an appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/.

MS phase

A student may apply to the M.S. phase during the fourth year, when the student has achieved senior standing. For admission to the M.S. phase, the student must minimally have completed all major prerequisites and be judged by both academic advisors as making satisfactory progress towards the B.S. At this time, the student must formally apply to the Rackham Graduate School for admission to the M.S. program in Biomedical Engineering. Students with a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA in the B.S. program in CMB and who are judged by both academic advisors as making timely progress towards the B.S. degree will be admitted to the M.S. phase. Students will be charged graduate tuition for only one academic year. Students are never jointly enrolled in LSA and Rackham; however, students can begin to take graduate BME courses as undergraduates with the permission of the instructor.

Please see the Rackham website for specific policies: www.rackham.umich.edu/help/academic_records/sugs_information_for_engineering/

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for CMB:BME:

Minimum 47 cr. in Major

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Major

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for major requirements (including cognates), and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

Minimum 3.2 Cumulative GPA is needed for admission to the M.S. program.

The introductory biology sequence must be taken for a grade. Prerequisites other than introductory biology may be taken pass/fail; however, it is not recommended, especially for chemistry. Remember that at least a C- must be earned to pass a course taken pass/fail. 

Courses used for the major may not be taken pass/fail.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A or B:

          A. BIOLOGY 171, 172 or 174, & 173; or,
          B. BIOLOGY 195 (AP) & 173

Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM 210 & 211; and,
  • CHEM 215 & 216


Quantitative Analysis Sequence:

  • CALCULUS I: MATH 115, 120 (AP), or 185; and
  • CALCULUS II: MATH 116, 121 (AP), 156, or 186

Physics Sequence:

  • Physics I (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 125 & 127, 135 & 136, 140 & 141, or 160 & 161.  PHYSICS 139 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.
  • Physics II (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 126 & 128, 235 & 236, 240 & 241, or 260 & 261.  PHYSICS 239 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.

Undergraduate Engineering:

  • ENGR 101 or EECS 183

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 47

Core Courses:

  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Biochemistry: Choose from: MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
  • Genetics Laboratory: BIOLOGY 306
  • Molecular Biology: MCDB 427
  • Cell Biology: MCDB 428 or BIOMEDE 418
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory: MCDB 429

Advanced CMB Course:

  • Choose one course from: MCDB 400 (3 cr. min./max.), 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 408, 409 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), 410, 411, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), 421, 422, 423, 425, 426, 430, 433, 434 (only if elected FA19 or later), 435, 436, 440, 441, 444, 447 (only if elected FA19 or later), 448, 450, 451 (only if elected FA19 or later), 452 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 459, 462, 463 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), 464 (only if elected FA20 or later), 465 (only if elected FA20 or later), 469, 471, 472 (only if elected FA20 or later), 489, 589

Three credits must be completed in one term to meet the Advanced CMB Course requirement.

Biology Elective(s):

  • Choose course(s) to reach 47 credits in major: Any specific BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB course at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level (EXCEPT BIOLOGY 200, 201, 241, 262, 299 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later); EEB 300, 301, 302; MCDB 300, 301, 302, 360 (only if elected WN21 or later), 460 (only if elected WN21 or later), 461 (only if elected WN21 or later), or 412)

Engineering Courses:

  • Choose either Series 1 or 2
    1. Chemical Engineering: CHE 230, CHE 330, and CHE 342 or 344
    2. Biomedical Engineering: BIOMEDE 221, BIOMEDE 321, and BIOMEDE 331

Cognates:

  • STATS 400, 401, 412, or 425 (min. 3 credits)
  • MATH 215
  • MATH 216

 

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are excluded from the 47 cr. required for the major
  • A maximum of three credits of independent research (MCDB 400) may be counted toward the major.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the BIOLOGY, EEB, MCDB, and MICRBIOL subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

The Program in Biology administers an Honors Program to train students to conduct independent research in the biological sciences.  Participating in the honors program allows students to develop their research skills, deepen their understanding of the field, and form productive relationships with faculty and other students.  The achievement is noted on the diploma and official transcript.

In addition to completing all the requirements for the major, an honors degree requires:

  1. a major GPA of at least 3.4, and
  2. the completion of a significant piece of independent research that is
    • reported in an honors thesis and
    • presented in a public forum.

For more information, consult the Program in Biology Honors Program Information page or a Program in Biology advisor.

Cellular and Molecular Biology and Biomedical Engineering (Major) (Fall 2014 - Fall 2017)

Effective Fall 2014

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in CMB:BME may not elect the following majors: Biology; General Biology; Cellular and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; Biochemistry; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

Advising

Upon acceptance into the program, each student will be assigned two advisors, one in MCDB and one in Biomedical Engineering.

Student course selections must be approved by both advisors each term. Students are advised by a combination of Undergraduate Biology Office staff and faculty department advisors. Advising topics include investigating majors, declaring a major, course planning, research and honors, major releases, graduate school and career advice. Students who are interested in the CMB majors or minors should consult a general advisor during the freshman year, and are strongly encouraged to meet with a department advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the second term of their sophomore year. It is not necessary to complete every prerequisite before declaring a major. To make an appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/.

MS phase

A student may apply to the M.S. phase during the fourth year, when the student has achieved senior standing. For admission to the M.S. phase, the student must minimally have completed all major prerequisites and be judged by both academic advisors as making satisfactory progress towards the B.S. At this time, the student must formally apply to the Rackham Graduate School for admission to the M.S. program in Biomedical Engineering. Students with a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA in the B.S. program in CMB and who are judged by both academic advisors as making timely progress towards the B.S. degree will be admitted to the M.S. phase. Students will be charged graduate tuition for only one academic year. Students are never jointly enrolled in LSA and Rackham; however, students can begin to take graduate BME courses as undergraduates with the permission of the instructor.

Please see the Rackham website for specific policies: www.rackham.umich.edu/help/academic_records/sugs_information_for_engineering/

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for CMB:BME:

Minimum 51 cr. in Major

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Major

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for major requirements (including cognates), and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

Minimum 3.2 Cumulative GPA is needed for admission to the M.S. program.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A or B:

  1. BIOLOGY 171, 172 or 174, & 173; or,
  2. BIOLOGY 195 (AP) & 173

Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM 210 & 211; and,
  • CHEM 215 & 216


Quantitative Analysis Sequence:

  • CALCULUS I: MATH 115, 120 (AP), or 185; and
  • CALCULUS II: MATH 116, 121 (AP), 156, or 186

Physics Sequence:

  • Physics I (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 125 & 127, 135 & 136, 140 & 141, or 160 & 161.  PHYSICS 139 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.
  • Physics II (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 126 & 128, 235 & 236, 240 & 241, or 260 & 261.  PHYSICS 239 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.

Undergraduate Engineering:

  • ENGR 101 or EECS 183

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 51

Core Courses:

  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Biochemistry: Choose from: MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
  • Genetics Laboratory: BIOLOGY 306
  • Molecular Biology: MCDB 427
  • Cell Biology: MCDB 428 or BIOMEDE 418
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory: MCDB 429

Advanced CMB Course:

  • Choose one course from: MCDB 400 (3 cr. min./max.), 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 408, 409 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), 410, 411, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), 421, 422, 423, 425, 426, 430, 433, 434 (only if elected FA19 or later), 435, 436, 440, 441, 444, 447 (only if elected FA19 or later), 448, 450, 451 (only if elected FA19 or later), 452 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 459, 462, 463 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), 469, 471, 489, 589

Biology Elective(s):

  • Choose course(s) to reach 51 credits in major: Any specific BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB course at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level (EXCEPT BIOLOGY 200, 201, 241, 262, 299 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later); EEB 300, 301, 302; MCDB 300, 301, 302, 360 (only if elected WN21 or later), or 460 (only if elected WN21 or later), 461 (only if elected WN21 or later), or 412)

Engineering Courses:

  • Choose either Series 1 or 2
    1. Chemical Engineering: CHE 230, CHE 330, and CHE 342 or 344
    2. Biomedical Engineering: BIOMEDE 221, BIOMEDE 321, and BIOMEDE 331
  • BIOMEDE 419

Cognates:

  • STATS 400, 401, 412, or 425 (min. 3 credits)
  • MATH 215
  • MATH 216

 

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are excluded from the 51 cr. required for the major
  • A maximum of three credits of independent research (MCDB 400) may be counted toward the major.  Three credits must be completed in one term to meet the Advanced CMB Course requirement.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the BIOLOGY, EEB, MCDB, and MICRBIOL subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

CMB and BME (B.S. and M.S.) major (Winter 2014-Summer 2014)

Effective Date: Winter 2014-Summer 2014

May be elected as a departmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in CMB:BME may not elect the following majors: Biology; General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; Biochemistry; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

This program is designed for students enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. The Department of MCDB (College of LSA) and the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) (College of Engineering ) jointly administer the program. A matriculating student will receive the BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from the College of LSA and an MS in Biomedical Engineering from the College of Engineering upon completion of all program requirements. A student will apply to both the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Biomedical Engineering Departments for entrance. A student will be admitted into the program only after completing the first year of the major prerequisites with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Advisors from the Departments of MCDB and BME must approve admission to the program.

Prerequisites to the Major.

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172/174, 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173; or BIOLOGY 162 or 163
  • CHEM 210, 211, 215, 216;
  • MATH 115 and 116;
  • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or 140/141 and 240/241.
  • ENGR 101 or EECS 183

A.   Undergraduate Major (BS Phase). 51 credits.

  1. Core courses:
    • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305;
    • Biochemistry: MCDB 310 or BIOLCHEM 415 or CHEM 351
    • Cellular and Molecular Biology: MCDB 306; MCDB 427; MCDB 428 or BIOMEDE 418; MCDB 429.
  2. Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology: one course (such as EEB 416 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008),
    MCDB 401, 402, 403, 405, 410 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008), 411, 413, 415, 416 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008), 417 (Fall 2014 : retroactive to Fall 2010), 418, 419, 421 (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008), 422, 423, 426, 430,432 (Fall 2014 : retroactive to Fall 2010), 435, 436, 437 (Fall 2014 : retroactive to Fall 2010), 440 (Fall 2014 : retroactive to Fall 2010), 441, 444, 450 (Fall 2014 : retroactive to Fall 2010), 453 (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008), 454 (Fall 2014 : retroactive to Fall 2010), 455 (Fall 2014 : retroactive to Fall 2010), 456 (Fall 2014 : retroactive to Fall 2010), 457 (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008),459 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008), 469, 489, 504, and 589; appropriate sections of MCDB 401; MCDB 400) selected in consultation with, and approved by, the program advisors. (BIOMEDE 584 is elected in the graduate phase, and does not count toward this requirement.)
  3. Biology Elective:One course chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the program advisors. This course can be any BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB course at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level (except BIOLOGY 200, 201, 262; EEB 300, 302, MCDB 300, 302, 320, or 412). One course in Evolution, Ecology, or Organismal Biology is strongly encouraged, as is undergraduate research.
  4. Engineering courses:
    1. BIOMEDE 419 (BIOMEDE 419 counts as an advanced CMB course in the CMB major).
      AND
    2. Choose a Track
      1. Biomedical Engineering Track: BIOMEDE 221, 321, and 331
        OR
      2. Chemical Engineering track:CHE 230, 330, AND either CHE 342 or 344.
  5. Cognates:
    1. Statistics: STATS 400, 401, 412, or 425.
    2. Mathematics: MATH 215 and 216.

 

B.   MS (Graduate) Phase. 

  • Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology: BIOMEDE 584.
  • Graduate Biomedical Engineering Core:BIOMEDE 500, 550, and 590.
  • Graduate Engineering: seven credits, chosen in consultation with the program advisor.
  • One advanced Mathematics course:three credits, chosen in consultation with the program advisor.
  • One advanced Statistics course:three credits, chosen in consultation with the program advisor.

CMB and Biomedical Engineering Program (B.S./M.S.) major (Fall 2011-Fall 2013)

Effective Date: Fall 2011-Fall 2013

May be elected as a departmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in CMB:BME may not elect the following majors: Biology; General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; Biochemistry; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

This program is designed for students enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. The Department of MCDB (College of LSA) and the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) (College of Engineering ) jointly administer the program. A matriculating student will receive the BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from the College of LSA and an MS in Biomedical Engineering from the College of Engineering upon completion of all program requirements. A student will apply to both the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Biomedical Engineering Departments for entrance. A student will be admitted into the program only after completing the first year of the major prerequisites with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Advisors from the Departments of MCDB and BME must approve admission to the program.

Prerequisites to the Major.

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172/174, and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173; or BIOLOGY 162 or 163;
  • CHEM 210, 211, 215, 216;
  • MATH 115 and 116;
  • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or 140/141 and 240/241.

A. Undergraduate Program of study in a major (BS Phase). 53 credits.

  1. Core courses

    1. Genetics: BIOLOGY 305;

    2. Biochemistry: MCDB 310 (or BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 451 and 452 [CHEM 452 counts as elective], or BIOLCHEM 451 and 452 [BIOLCHEM 452 counts as elective]);

    3. Cellular and Molecular Biology: MCDB 306; MCDB 427; MCDB 428 or BIOMEDE 418; MCDB 429.

  2. Engineering: 

    1. Biomedical Engineering: BIOMEDE 221, 321, and 331

      or

    2. Chemical Engineering: CHE 230, 330; and either CHE 342 or 344.

  3. Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology: one course
    [such as
    EEB 416 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008),

    MCDB 401, 402, 403, 405,

    410 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008),

    411, 413, 415, 416 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008),  
    417 (Fall 2014 :retroactive to Fall 2010),
    418, 419,
    421 (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008),
    422, 423, 426, 430,
    432 (Fall 2014 :retroactive to Fall 2010),
    435, 436,
    437 (Fall 2014 :retroactive to Fall 2010), 440 (Fall 2014 :retroactive to Fall 2010),
    441, 444,
    450 (Fall 2014 :retroactive to Fall 2010),
    453 (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    454 (Fall 2014 :retroactive to Fall 2010),
    455 (Fall 2014 :retroactive to Fall 2010),
    456 (Fall 2014 :retroactive to Fall 2010),
    457 (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008)

    459 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008),

    469, 489, 504, and 589;

    appropriate sections of MCDB 401; MCDB 400] selected in consultation with, and approved by, the program advisors. (BIOMEDE 584 is elected in the graduate phase, and does not count toward this requirement.)

  4. Undergraduate Engineering: ENGR 101 or EECS 183; and BIOMEDE 419 (BIOMEDE 419 counts as an advanced CMB course in the CMB major).

  5. Biology Elective: One course chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the program advisors. This course can be any BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB course at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level (except BIOLOGY 200, 201, 262; EEB 300, 302, MCDB 300, 302, 320, or 412). One course in Evolution, Ecology, or Organismal Biology is strongly encouraged, as is undergraduate research.

  6. Cognates:
    1. Statistics: STATS 400,  401, 412, or 425.
    2. Mathematics: MATH 215 and 216.

B. MS (Graduate) Phase.

  1. Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology: BIOMEDE 584.
  2. Graduate Biomedical Engineering Core: BIOMEDE 500, 550, and 590.
  3. Graduate Engineering: 7 credits, chosen in consultation with the program advisor.
  4. One advanced Mathematics course: 3 credits, chosen in consultation with the program advisor.
  5. One advanced Statistics course: 3 credits, chosen in consultation with the program advisor.