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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 ~ 430 freshmen in Biology, ~ 100 freshmen in Biochemistry, ~35 transfer students in MCB and ~ 10 transfer students in Biochemistry.

Average ACT Scores for our Incoming Students Fall 2008 through Summer 2013

Major/Student Type
Average Composite ACT Score
Biology Freshmen 27.2
MCB Transfers 28.2
Biochemistry Freshmen 28.9
Biochemistry Transfers 28.9

Demographics as of September 19, 2013
Self-Reported Data from students in Biology, Biochemistry and MCB

49.8% Female; 50.2% Male

47.6% White, Non-Hispanic; 37.4% Asian or Pacific Islander; 8.0% Hispanic or Latino/a; 5.8% Black, African American; 0.5% American Indian

74% of our students have declared pre-medicine as their educational goal.

17% of our students are James Scholar designees in the College of LAS.