First Year Scheduling Recommendations
for Students Interested in the
Molecular Biology Major
Recommendations:

See "Preliminary Notes" in Arts & Sciences
for recommendations concerning a First Year Seminar and a Writing course.
 Introductory Biology I (BIOL 141P) in the fall and Introductory
Biology II (BIOL 142P) in the spring. Students who have AP/IB or transfer credit for BIOL 141P
or both BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P sometimes choose to decline credit and take the course(s) at
Stetson to build a better understanding of the foundational materials covered in the course(s).
It is very important for students to discuss the courses they have taken and their educational/career
goals with a faculty member in the Biology department prior to making a decision
to accept or decline AP/IB and transfer credit.
 Students who have AP/IB or transfer credit for BIOL 141P may take BIOL 142P if a
section is being offered in the fall or may wait and take it in the spring.
 Students who have AP/IB or transfer credit for both BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P should take
CHEM 141P and then CHEM 142P. They may take BIOL 243Q if they are feeling confident of
their mathematical skills and there are seats available.
 Mathematics: Molecular Biology majors are required to have the two
courses MATH 130 and MATH 131Q, or the single course MATH 141Q.
Placement for students who do not have credit for MATH 141Q will be determined by the
Math Placement Exam.
The exam should be taken at the earliest possible time.
 If the Math Placement Exam indicates that you are ready for MATH 141Q, then you should
take MATH 141Q, but it does not need to be taken during the first semester.
 If the Math Placement Exam indicates that you are ready for MATH 130, then it is
recommended that you review topics that you did not do well on and retake the placement test
to qualify for MATH 141Q. There is a noncredit online review course that is available to
assist with this review (see Math Placement Exam
for details). If you are unable to qualify
for MATH 141Q, then you will need to take MATH 130, but it does not need to be taken during
the first semester.
 If the Math Placement Exam indicates that you are not ready for MATH 141Q or MATH 130, then
it is critical that you review topics that you did not do well on and retake the placement test.
There is a noncredit online review course that is available to assist with this review (see
Math Placement Exam
for details). It is very important to be able to take MATH 141Q (preferred)
or MATH 130.
Revised: 05/17/12