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.

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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).

Course Number
Course Title
Semester
Units
Math 10A (Preferred)*
or Math 1A
Methods of Mathematics: Calculus, Statistics, and Combinatorics
Calculus
F, Su
F, Sp, Su
4
4
Math 10B (Preferred)*
or Math 1B
Methods of Mathematics: Calculus, Statistics, and Combinatorics
Calculus
Sp, Su
F, Sp, Su
4
4
Chemistry 1A/1AL**
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***
Calculus-based Physics (includes lab)
F, Sp, Su
4
Physics 8B***
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