MCB Major Requirements - At a Glance

The major in Molecular & Cell Biology exposes students in the fundamentals of biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and cell biology, and also encourages students to focus their studies in one of five undergraduate major emphases. The deadline to declare MCB is the semester before the Expected Graduation Term listed in CalCentral.

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Lower Division Requirements

The lower division requirements are the same for all major emphases except Biochemistry & Molecular Biology-Track 2: Biological Chemistry (see BMB page for more info). See here for sample 4-year plans.

Course Number
Course Title
Semester
Units
Math 10A (Preferred) 1
or Math 1A
Methods of Mathematics: Calculus, Statistics, and Combinatorics
Calculus
F, Su
F, Sp, Su
4
4
Math 10B (Preferred) 1
or Math 1B
Methods of Mathematics: Calculus, Statistics, and Combinatorics
Calculus
Sp, Su
F, Sp, Su
4
4
Chemistry 1A/1AL 2
General Chemistry and Lab
F, Sp, Su
3+1
Chemistry 3A/3AL
Organic Chemistry and Lab
F, Sp, Su
3+2
Chemistry 3B/3BL
Organic Chemistry and Lab
F, Sp, Su
3+2
Biology 1A/1AL
General Biology and Lab
F, Sp, Su
3+2
Biology 1B
General Biology (includes lab)
F, Sp, Su
4
Physics 8A 3
Calculus-based Physics (includes lab)
F, Sp, Su
4
Physics 8B 3
Calculus-based Physics (includes lab)
F, Sp, Su
4
AP Calculus cannot be used to substitute for the math requirement. MCB will accept 2 of the following classes: Math 53, 54, or 55 if placed into higher math. Math 16A/B are not accepted by the MCB major.
Chem 4A can be taken in place of Chem 1A/1AL
Physics 7A can be taken in place of 8A and Physics 7B in place of 8B.

 

Upper Division Requirements Summary

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Genetics, Genomics, & Development Immunology & Pathogenesis Cell & Developmental Biology Neurobiology
Track 1: BMB Track 2: Biological Chemistry Track 1: GGD Track 2: Developmental Genetics Track 1: Immunology Track 2: Infectious Disease Track 1: Cell & Systems Biology Track 2: Medical Biology & Physiology  
MCB C100A
MCB C100A
MCB C100A
MCB 102
MCB C100A
MCB 102
MCB 102
MCB 102
MCB 102
MCB 100B
Chem 130B
MCB 110
MCB 104
or 140
MCB 110
MCB 104
or 140
MCB 104
MCB 104
MCB 104
MCB 110
Chem 135
MCB 140
MCB 141
MCB 104
or 140
MCB 150
MCB 130
MCB 136
MCB 160
MCB 140
or C148
MCB 130
or 140
MCB 140L
MCB 140L
MCB 150
MCB 150L
MCB 133L
MCB 133L
MCB 161
MCB C110L
MCB C110L
GGD Elective
A or B
GGD Elective
A or B
MCB 150L
IMM Elective A
CDB Elective A
CDB Elective B
MCB 160L
or 163L
BMB Elective
BMB Elective
GGD Elective B
GGD Elective B
IMM Elective C
IMM Elective B
CDB Elective A
CDB Elective B
NEU Elective