Undergraduate Program


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.


FALL 2015

  • Any changes to the undergraduate advising office hours will be posted here.
    • We will be closed on Sept 17, Thursday, from 10:30am - 3:00pm

MAJOR DECLARATIONS: Information about declaring the MCB major can be found on the Major Declaration webpage. 

MCB HANDBOOK: 2015-2016 (updated 9/8/15)- Download it here.

FAQS: We've compiled a list of FAQs to answer some of the most common questions we're asked.

MCB COMMENCEMENT 2016: The annual MCB Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be help on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 9-11a in the Hearst Greek Theatre. Details about last year's ceremony can be found on the commencement webpage.