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Incoming Freshmen interested in Biology should apply for admission to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) and CHOOSE BIOLOGY as your intended major. Freshmen in Biology will take an introductory course in Integrative Biology (IB) and an introductory course in Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB). Just prior to sophomore year students will consult with an advisor and decide between Integrative Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology for their final degree program.

Incoming Freshmen interested in Biochemistry should apply for admission to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) and choose Biochemistry as your intended major.

Transfer Students should apply for admission to the College of LAS and choose either Molecular and Cellular Biology or Biochemistry as your major. See information specific to transfer students on our MCB Transfer page.

Who are Our Students?
Each fall we enroll ~ 450 freshmen in Biology, ~ 80 freshmen in Biochemistry, ~35 transfer students in MCB and ~ 5 transfer students in Biochemistry.

Average ACT and SAT Scores for our Incoming Students Fall 2015 through Fall 2019

Major/Student Type
Average Composite ACT Score
Average SAT Total Score
Biology Freshmen 28.8 1325.3
MCB Transfers 27.0 1255.7
Biochemistry Freshmen 30.5 1377.9
Biochemistry Transfers 27.8 1367.5

Demographics as of July 26, 2019
Self-Reported Data from students in Biology, Biochemistry and MCB

59% female

14.5% of our students are international or non-US Citizens

1.8% of our students are in the Campus Honors program.
13% of our students are James Scholar designees in the College of LAS.