The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Undergraduate Instructional Program

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Latest Announcements


EXPRESS ADVISING March 9th and 10th - The last day to drop a full semester class or change the grading to credit / no credit is Monday, March 13th. See an advisor without an appointment! Simply sign in at the reception desk in 127 Burrill Hall and be seen by the next available advisor.

If you have a quick question for an advisor (10 min or less), there’s no need to schedule an appointment. Just drop by 127 Burrill Hall at one of the times below and take advantage of our Express Advising hours. Peer Advisors will be available during this time as well.

Express Advising Times & MCB Workshops


Next Curriculum Change Period: January 9 through 30, 2017. Make an appointment with an advisor or attend one of information meetings (see below) to declare MCB during this time.


New Dates set for MCB information meetings for Spring 2017. Interested in declaring MCB as your major or minor? Attend one of our spring information sessions. Registration is required. Current Biology students need not attend, as these meetings are intended for students in other majors on this campus.

Transferring to MCB from Another LAS Major on the Urbana Campus
Current Illinois undergraduates, in an LAS major, who wish to change their major to MCB must complete the following steps.

  1. Obtain approval from an MCB advisor by attending one of our MCB informational meetings or make an individual appointment.
  2. Complete the Curriculum Change Form during the posted application period. Students will receive an email indicating whether or not they have been accepted to MCB.

Intercollegiate Transfers (ICT)
Current Illinois undergraduates who wish to ICT into the College of LAS and declare MCB as a major, must complete the following steps.

  1. Attend an LAS information session.
  2. Meet with an MCB advisor by attending one of our MCB informational meetings or make an individual appointment.
  3. Apply online using the link emailed to you by the College of LAS.  Students will receive an email indicating whether or not they have been accepted to MCB.

For general information on suggested courses to take prior to transferring please refer to our MCB Prospective Student Guide.


Congratulations to Pha Thaprawat for receiveing the American Society for Microbiology Fellowship Award.

This fellowship is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in microbiology. Fellows have the opportunity to conduct full time summer research at their home institution with an ASM mentor and present their research results at the 2017 ASM Microbe Meeting in New Orleans, LA if their abstract is accepted. Please visit http://www.asm.org/urf for more information on the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.

Congratulations to Shivali Patel, an MCB and Global Studies major, who received the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award. Visit this link to read more about her accomplishment. http://www.las.illinois.edu/news/article/?id=20832&/news//news/2016/lincolnlaureate16/.



Workshop Videos and PowerPoints Available

Videos and PowerPoints of our latest workshops can now be found on the Workshops page!


MCB now on YouTube! We will be posting videos made and produced by MCB Advising. These will include many of our Workshops.