Prospective Students

Welcome to the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology!

  • Join our dynamic faculty and students as we investigate the molecules and cells that comprise life. Our work advances knowledge and translates research into treating diseases such as cancer, neurodegeneration, and aging.
  • We are home to a diverse group of students, providing the knowledge, support, and confidence they need to succeed.
  • What can you do with an MCB degree? Our graduates are successful doctors, researchers, educators, health professionals, entrepreneurs, genetic counselors, attorneys, science writers, policy advocates, and more.
  • Get off to a great start with our colloquia, small group classes with expert professors designed to support you as you begin your MCB studies.

Student Profiles

Jessy Forelli talks about selecting a major

Jessy Forelli (2020) talks about selecting a major and how she came to triple major in MCB, Biochemisty and Spanish & Portuguese.

Watch the video here:

Mary-Beth Roberts (2015)

"MCB and the University of Arizona gave me the opportunity and encouragement to reach my potential. I went from wondering if I could keep up to having the honor of speaking to my graduating class.  I don’t think I could have done that anywhere else."

Mary-Beth was the Fall 2015 Oustanding Senior for the MCB Department, as well as for the College of Science.

Mary-Beth is a graduate student working on her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling degree at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Learn more about the new UA graduate program in Genetic Counseling.

Alec Calac (2016)

"MCB has world-class professors teaching classes. The professors have a genuine investment in your success."

Alec graduated with honors with a double major in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Neuroscience & Cognitive Science, and a minor in Biochemistry. He was a successful advocate for Native American participation in STEM at the University of Arizona and has continued his advocacy work since graduating.  

Alec, pictured with Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) will start an MD-PhD program at UC San Diego in the fall of 2018 and is looking forward to becoming a physician scientist.

Next Steps


Apply to The University of Arizona


Request additional information

MCB Senior Academic Advisor Kara Dyson (preferred)
(520) 621-1073


Interested in a graduate degree? Visit our Graduate Programs page.