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Minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology

The minor, administered by the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, is designed to provide students with an understanding of foundational principles of physiology, cellular and developmental biology, microbiology, molecular genetics and biochemistry. A minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology will prepare students for training in medicine and other health sciences, graduate studies in related disciplines, as well as for employment opportunities in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Interested students are encouraged meet with an MCB advisor to discuss requirements for the minor before requesting approval. Students must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours and MCB 150 must be completed or in progress before acceptance into the minor. Students are discouraged from using MCB 150 AP credit, since studies have shown that this does not always appropriately prepare students for MCB 250 or MCB 252. If you are unsure of how prepared you are, you can request access to our MCB Placement Exam by emailing Note, substitutions for required courses are typically not granted.

To declare the minor, fill out this declaration form no later than the 10th day of classes in your final semester.

Please see our advising announcements page for Walk-in Hours or call 217-333-6774 make an appointment.

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Hours Requirements
3 MCB 244 or MCB 246 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I or II
3 MCB 250-Molecular Genetics
2 MCB 251-Exp Techniqs in Molecular Biol
3 MCB 252-Cells, Tissues and Development
2 MCB 253-Exp Techniqs in Cellular Biol
3 Choose one of the following:
MCB 354-Biochem and Phys Basis of Life
or MCB 450-Introductory Biochemistry
3-5 Choose one additional 3-5 credit hour course from the approved list of 300- and 400-level courses for MCB majors.
19-21 Total hours

For students in majors other than MCB, the MCB minor will allow transcript recognition for a core body of MCB coursework. MCB majors pay differential tuition for access to these courses. Students electing to complete the minor, who are not in a curriculum with differential tuition, will be assessed course-based tuition, at a rate of $300 per course for each of the following: MCB 250, 251, 252, 253 and 450. This course-based tuition will apply to any student matriculating fall 2011 or later. Course-based tuition is covered by financial aid. No refunds will be available after the 10th day of class.

* Note students using MCB 450 as advanced hours in their major will be required to take one additional 3-5 credit hour course, form the approved list of 300- and 400- level courses for MCB majors, in order to fulfill their 6 distinct advanced hours in the minor.

Contact or call 217-333-6774 for more information.