Update on grading: MCB will not accept Pass grades in Fall 2022 

In light of strike impacts, L&S has made the decision to accept P grades for Essential Skills (Reading and Composition, Quantitative Reasoning, and Foreign Language) in Fall 22 and extend late grading changes to P/NP until Sunday, Dec 11, 2022. They left it to the departments to decide if major requirements would also be accepted with P grades. However, the MCB department has decided that letter grades are still required for MCB requirements. We will not accept P grades for MCB major requirements. 

Many courses have already been adapted to account for the impact of the strike. We believe this is fairest to students who made decisions about their classes before the original deadline. In addition, many MCB students are headed towards grad school and health professional schools that will not accept P grades for pre-reqs. 

We apologize for the late notice, we found out about this policy change at the same time you did. We needed to consult with the faculty and our co-chairs to make the decision for MCB. If you have any questions please make an appointment with an advisor next week and we can talk about the next steps. 


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About the major:

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 in MCB:

Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology Cell Biology, Development & Physiology Genetics, Genomics, Evolution & Development Immunology & Molecular Medicine Neurobiology

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