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.
- The MCB Undergraduate Affairs Office will be closed on the following dates and times. Please plan accordingly.
- ***Admitted to Cal as a freshman and intending MCB? Check out our 'New Freshman' page!
- ***Admitted to Cal as a new transfer student and intending MCB? Check out our 'Admitted Transfer Students" page!
- 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.
MAJOR DECLARATIONS: ***The MCB major declaration process is closed for the spring 2014 semester. Declarations will resume September 2nd*** Information about declaring the MCB major can be found on the Major Declaration webpage.
MCB HANDBOOK: 2014-2015 - Download it here.