- When should I declare?
- What must I do to declare the MCB major?
- What courses do I need to take in order to declare the MCB major?
- What kind of GPA must I have to get into the MCB Major?
- Is this an impacted major?
- Can I declare a double major within MCB (2 emphases)?
- Can I minor in MCB?
- Can I take any of the major course requirements for a P/NP grade?
- Are there any minimum grade requirements that I must achieve in any MCB major courses?
- How many courses and units must I complete in MCB?
- What Math courses does MCB accept?
- I took Math 16 A/B can I still declare MCB?
- May I use MCB research units to satisfy any MCB requirement?
- Can I use courses from other departments to satisfy MCB major requirements?
- Once I complete all the MCB requirements will I be eligible to graduate?
- I have an Academic Advising Hold on CalCentral. What do I do?
- I have an Undeclared Senior Hold on CalCentral. What do I do?
- What is the difference between enrolling in my MCB upper division courses in Phase I and Phase II?
- Must I take Biology 1A/1AL before Biology 1B?
- How often are the MCB courses offered?
- When should I take the upper-division lab course?
If you have decided that MCB is the right major for you and you are prepared (see declaration page). Declared majors have priority consideration for enrollment in some upper division MCB courses so it is to your advantage to declare as soon as you are eligible.
Students who are ready to declare should go link on the Declaration Instruction Page to begin the process. Follow the instructions on the web site, which will take approximately 10 minutes.
You need to have completed or be currently enrolled in Biology 1A, and have a C or better on the first midterm exam. You must also have completed or be currently enrolled in Chemistry 3B after the early drop deadline.
You must have a 2.0 cumulative G.P.A., a 2.0 major G.P.A. (upper- and lower-division courses combined) and a 2.0 upper-division major G.P.A. to declare the major. This is a C average and is considered to be good academic standing in the College of Letters and Science.
No, it is not. If you have taken the courses necessary to get into the major (see declaration page), are in good academic standing, and have a reasonable amount of time to complete the upper-division requirements, you will be admitted to the major.
No, I'm afraid not. Technically, this is a single major. Regardless of the emphasis you choose, your diploma will reflect a degree in Molecular & Cell Biology (not neurobiology, immunology, etc.).
There is no minor program in MCB.
All lower- and upper-division courses must be taken for a letter grade if they are to be used towards satisfaction of the major requirements.
While we would hope that you earn at least Cs in all of your classes, you must officially pass all courses (D-) and your major G.P.A.s must stay at or above 2.0. Note though that we've noticed a correlation between the grade students receive in Biology 1A/1AL and their upper-division MCB G.P.A.
There are 9 lower-division courses required for the MCB major, which total 39 units. You are then required to take 22 to 28 upper-division units, depending upon which emphasis and track you choose.
MCB prefers students to take Math 10A and 10B. This sequence includes calculus and statistics, which are both very important for upper division MCB classes. However, students are also allowed to take 2 semesters of calculus, Math 1A and 1B, which may allow them to double major or minor in a department that requires that sequence. We highly recommend students take an introductory statistics class (Stats 2, 20, 131A, PH 142 etc) if they choose the 1 series. For students who took AP Calculus and feel fully prepared to take higher level math, MCB will accept Math 53, 54 and/or 55 to fulfill the math requirement, please carefully consider this decision as these classes are quick paced and assume a Berkeley level understanding of Math 1A/1B. All students must have 2 semesters of math and AP does not waive this requirement. Please see an MCB advisor for further clarification.
Yes. You will have to take some additional math. We consider the 16 series equivalent to Math 1A so students who took the Math 16 series will be required to take Math 1B to fulfill the math requirement.
Possibly. Students can petition to have appropriate research units substitute for the upper division lab in their emphasis. For more information on the approval process see here.
We have 9 possible major programs to follow. Each has its own set of approved electives. Some, but not all, of these lists include courses from other departments.
The MCB requirements are only a portion of the requirements necessary for the B.A. degree. Consult with advisors in the College of Letters and Science regarding other requirements such as breadth, unit, residency and upper-division units outside the major.
Please come into the Undergraduate Affairs Office, in 3060 VLSB. A staff advisor will be able to lift this hold after discussing your plans for next semester.
If you are eligible to declare, please start the process online: Declaration Instruction Page. If you are not eligible, please come into the Undergraduate Affairs Office, in 3060 VLSB to meet with a staff advisor who will give you a conditions to declare form. You will need to bring this form to L&S Advising to get your undeclared senior hold lifted.
Some courses may fill up entirely with MCB majors in Phase I or the early part of Phase II, but not all MCB courses. Please speak with an advisor if you have questions regarding enrollment in specific courses.
No. These are two separate courses, with separate prerequisites. If you have fulfilled the prerequisites for the courses, you can take either before the other.
The prerequisite courses are all offered fall, spring and summer. Enroll early because some are heavily impacted and fill quickly. The core courses of C100A, 110, 102, & 104 are all offered fall and spring. Check the Berkeley Academic Guide for offerings of our other courses.
As a general rule, we schedule this in your senior year, but this varies depending upon other factors. Please come in to speak with an advisor about this if you have questions.