Molecular & Cellular Biology

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The MCB Major

The MCB Major

For students starting in Fall 2017 or later, the Bachelor of Science program in Molecular and Cellular Biology offers a comprehensive course of study across a wide span of scientific inquiry. The 35-unit major includes core courses in Introductory Biology (MCB 181R/L & ECOL 182R/L), Molecular Basis of Life (MCB 301), Molecular Genetics (MCB 304), Cell & Developmental Biology (MCB 305), and Metabolic Biochemistry (BIOC 385).

Beyond these required courses, students select a minimum of 12 upper division MCB elective units. These elective courses allow students to explore course work in related fields as microbiology, evolutionary biology, biochemistry, physiology, and plant sciences. Courses taken as part of these 12 units must also address writing-emphasis, laboratory, and in-depth study (Core Elective) requirements set forth by the department. Independent laboratory research is a strongly encouraged supplement to undergraduate studies in the department.

2017-2018 Catalog Year:
Major Requirement Check Sheet (PDF)
Sample 4-Year Plan (PDF)

2016-2017 Catalog Year:
Major Requirement Check Sheet (PDF)
Sample 4-Year Plan (PDF)

2015-2016 and Earlier Catalog Years:
- Major Requirement Check Sheet (PDF)
- Sample 4-Year Plan (PDF)

Other Documents:
MCB Upper Division Elective Guide (PDF)
- Course Descriptions