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.
Upcoming office closures:
- The undergraduate advising office will be closed all day on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. The office will re-open with normal hours on Tuesdsay, May 26.
- The undergraduate office will be closed from 9am-1pm on Tuesday, June 2 and Friday, June 5.
- Friday, May 1 is the last day of the spring 2015 semester to complete the online declaration form. If you are declaring in MCB, please make sure to fill out the online declaration form and meet with a MCB advisor before May 1 to be declared in the spring semester.
MAJOR DECLARATIONS: Information about declaring the MCB major can be found on the Major Declaration webpage.
MCB HANDBOOK: 2014-2015 (updated 3/10/15)- Download it here.
Major At A Glance
|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||Chem 112A||MCB C100A||MCB 102||MCB C100A||MCB 102||MCB 102||MCB 102||MCB 102|
|MCB 100B||Chem 112B||MCB 110||MCB 104||MCB 110||MCB 104||MCB 104||MCB 104||MCB 104|
|MCB 110||MCB C100A||MCB 140||MCB 141||MCB 104 or MCB 140||MCB 150||MCB 130A||MCB 136||MCB 160|
|MCB C110L||Chem 130B||MCB 140L||MCB 140L||MCB 150||MCB 150L||MCB 133L||MCB 133L||MCB 161|
|MCB 140 or MCB C148||Chem 135||GGD Elective A/B||GGD Elective A/B||MCB 150L||IMM Elective A||CDB Elective A||CDB Elective B||MCB 163 or MCB 160L|
|BMB Elective||MCB C110L||GGD Elective B||GGD Elective B||IMM Elective C||IMM Elective B||CDB Elective A||CDB Elective B||NEU Elective|
|MCB 130A or MCB 140|