Undergraduate Program


The undergraduate major in Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) focuses on the study of molecular structures and processes of cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction, and development of living organisms. This covers a broad range of specialized disciplines, such as biochemistry, microbiology, biophysics, molecular biology, genetics, cell physiology, cell anatomy, immunology, and neurobiology. The types of living organisms from which the departmental faculty draws its working materials are as diverse as its disciplinary specializations, ranging from viruses and microbes through plants, roundworms, annelids, arthropods, and mollusks, to fish, amphibia and mammals. 

There are five emphases to choose from: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell & Developmental Biology, Genetics, Genomics & Development, Immunology & Pathogenesis, and Neurobiology. Information about the emphases, including the lower-division and upper division requirements, can be found on the Major-At-Glance webpage

Students majoring in any of these emphases have been highly successful in entering graduate or medical school and in other science- and health-related careers.  For more information about what our students do with an MCB major, checkout our Career webpage.

UAO Staff advisors are available year-round to help students plan for the upcoming semesters. For more information about how the advisors can help you succeed, please visit the Advising Services webpage.



Any changes to the undergraduate advising office hours will be posted here.

  • The Undergraduate Affairs Office will have standard open hours during the week of March 28.
  • Professor Beatty will not have office hours on April 21 or April 22. Please plan accordingly. 

MAJOR DECLARATIONS: Information about declaring the MCB major can be found on the Major Declaration webpage. As of 4/29/16: the declaration form for Spring 2016 is now closed. The form will re-open in the Fall 2016 semester. 

MCB HANDBOOK: 2015-2016 (updated 9/8/15)- Download it here.

MCB TRANSCRIPT: The latest edition of the MCB Transcript is out! Online version is live -- meet new faculty, learn how we're tracking and tweaking things in the brain, and catch up on all the latest Molecular and Cell Biology news.

FAQS: We've compiled a list of FAQs to answer some of the most common questions we're asked.

MCB COMMENCEMENT 2016: The annual MCB Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be help on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 9-11a in the Hearst Greek Theatre. Details about last year's ceremony can be found on the commencement webpage.