The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Undergraduate Instructional Program

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Degree Programs

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology Curricula

Overview

Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) is the study of living organisms through the understanding of basic molecular and cellular structure and function as well as the metabolic, genetic and physiological processes common to all organisms. The undergraduate programs in MCB offer courses that explore unique aspects differentiating living organisms; how cells are organized; how cells and organisms respond to each other and their environment; how cells communicate signals and regulate gene expression; and how these processes go awry during injury, infection or genetic diseases. Our curriculum imparts not only basic principles of modern biology, but also the fundamental, critical and analytical skills necessary for a successful career. Students may choose to major in one of our four programs below, minor in MCB and/or earn one of our two certificates.

Undergraduate Major in MCB

Students completing this program earn a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Science and are prepared for a multitude of career options related to molecular genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, physiology, and biochemistry. Our curriculum is proven to successfully prepare students for biomedical careers, most health professions, biotechnology and pharmaceutical careers, as well as academic research. MCB sends more students to medical school than any other major on this campus.

MCB Honors Concentration

The MCB Honors Concentration is designed for exceptional MCB Majors who demonstrate personal motivation to explore a fuller complement of experiences in biology during their undergraduate training. MCB honors students typically plan to enter graduate or professional programs to reach their career goals and want an intensive undergraduate education as preparation. Interested students typically apply to this program just prior to their sophomore year.

Biology, Teacher Education Program

Students who enjoy explaining ideas, have an interest in contributing to the improvement of our schools or getting others excited about biology may consider this five-year program, which provides certification to teach biology at the high school level. The program allows students to take core courses in both MCB and Integrative Biology (IB), in addition to the requirements for a Minor in Secondary Education. Students must apply to the Secondary Education Minor in their junior year. Students who complete this program historically have had a 100% job placement rate upon graduation.

Biochemistry, Specialized Curriculum

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Biochemisty apply directly to this major within the School of MCB and the College of LAS.

Minor in MCB

A minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology will prepare students for training in medicine and other health sciences, for graduate studies in related disciplines, as well as for employment opportunities in

Certificate Programs in MCB

MCB Certificate in Microbiology

MCB Certificate in Neuroscience

Other Certificate Programs of Possible Interest for MCB Students

ACDIS Undergraduate Certificate in Global Security

Computational Science and Engineering Certification for Molecular and Cellular Biology

Certificate in Global Health

Undergraduate Research Certificate Program

Leadership Certificate Program

Graduation

How to Graduate, College of LAS
School of MCB Convocation Information
Campuswide Commencement Ceremony Information

Note: Students in MCB are required to maintain a major GPA and cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better in order to graduate.

Graduation with Distinction

To be eligible for graduation with distinction, students must complete the MCB degree requirements with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher and present a poster on an undergraduate research project (MCB 290) for approval by the MCB Distinction Committee. Students must also be enrolled in at least 2 credit hours of MCB 290 during their final semester on campus.

To be eligible for graduation with high or highest distinction, students must complete the MCB degree requirements with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher, submit a thesis and present a poster on an undergraduate research project (MCB 290) for approval by the MCB Distinction Committee. Students must also be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours of MCB 492 during their final semester on campus. To be eligible for enrollment in MCB 492 students must have completed a minimum of 2 semesters of at least 2 credit hours of MCB 290 under the guidance of the same professor. Detailed information about research distinction is available here.

To be eligible for graduation with academic distinction, students must complete the MCB degree requirements with a major grade point average of 3.90 or higher. Detailed information about academic distinction is available here.