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.

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


FALL 2014

  • Upcoming Office Closures
    • Office closed for CalSO advising: Friday, November 14 8:30a-11:30a
  • ADVISOR CODES: All declared MCB majors and some undeclared students will need an advisor code to register for classes. Students should plan to meet with a staff advisor ahead of their Telebears appointment. Advisor codes are not released over email or phone.
  • Faculty advising office hours are posted on the Advising Services webpage. Peer advising information and availability can be found on the Peer Advisor webpage. Any changes to advising ours will be posted here. 
    • Professor Zucker will not have his typical office hours on Wednesday, November 12, but will have an office hour on Thursday, Nov 13, noon-1PM. Please plan accordingly.

MAJOR DECLARATIONS: The MCB major declaration resumed on September 2nd. Information about declaring the MCB major can be found on the Major Declaration webpage. 

MCB HANDBOOK: 2014-2015 - Download it here. 

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

MCB COMMENCEMENT 2015: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 9-11a in the Hearst Greek Theatre. More information can be found on the commencement webpage.

Major At A Glance

MCB Major Programs, at a Glance

Click on the grid for more detailed information about our major programs. emphases