The School of MCB welcomes transfer students. The process for transferring to the MCB major varies depending on your current status, whether you're at another university or college, another program in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences or college at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

Guide to Transferring to MCB   College of LAS Transfer Handbook

Transferring to MCB major from another program in College of LAS

Current UIUC undergraduates who are in another LAS program and wish to change their major to MCB must complete the following steps.

Attend an MCB informational meeting.

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 once the form has been processed. Application periods occur one week before classes begin through the 10th day of class each semester. They are also available during the months of October and March.

For general information on suggested courses to take prior to transferring please refer to our  Transfer Handbook.

Transferring to MCB major from another college at UIUC (Intercollegiate Transfers, ICT)

Current UIUC students who wish to transfer into the College of LAS and declare MCB as a major must complete the following steps.

Attend a College of LAS information session.

Attend an MCB informational meeting.

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 once your application has been processed.

Curriculum change periods occur one week before classes begin through the 10th day of class each semester. They are also available during the months of October and March.

Consult our Guide to Transferring to the MCB Major.

Transferring to MCB major from an outside institution

Prospective students from other institutions should visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Consult the LAS Transfer Handbook.

Interested applicants should apply as a transfer student to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and choose Molecular and Cellular Biology as your major.

MCB requires a strong foundation in molecular genetics, eukaryotic cell biology, and biochemistry in order to succeed in advanced coursework. As an MCB major, you’ll build upon this foundation by learning to interpret experimental data and apply concepts. We are proud to offer courses delivered by research faculty who are leaders in their respective fields. We believe this is a rare opportunity, and one that we are convinced is integral to success in later courses or post-baccalaureate opportunities.

Because we feel so strongly about the importance of the research-driven delivery of our core foundation courses, and because so few institutions offer a comparable foundation, there is a strong probability that your first MCB courses will be these foundation courses. You may be initially surprised to have 100- or 200-level biology courses recommended for you if you are entering the university as an upper-division student, but rest assured we only have your long-term best interests in mind. The consequence of this placement is that transfer students typically require a total of five or six semesters on our campus to graduate. We believe that this extra semester or two is a worthwhile investment if it maximizes your chance of success, and our experience strongly suggests that it does.

Contact us

Email or call us at prospective@mcb.illinois.edu or 217-333-6774.