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. Read about some of our alumni and the varied and interesting careers they have!
  • 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

MCB 2021 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award Winner - Ryan Hecksel

I met over zoom with the Molecular and Cellular Biology 2021 Excellence in Research Award winner Ryan Hecksel, recently to find out more about his undergraduate experience and his research.

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.

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.