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.
- MCB declarations are on hold beginning Thursday, October 16 through Wednesday, October 22 to accommodate the advisor code season. Please plan accordingly.
- 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.
- Dr. Presti's office hours have changed to Tuesday, 1-130p, and Thursdays, 2-230p.
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 declarations are on hold beginning Thursday, October 16 through Wednesday, October 22 to accommodate the advisor code season. Please plan accordingly.
MCB HANDBOOK: 2014-2015 - Download it here.