Why Study MCB

Why do students choose MCB as their major? What can I do with a degree in MCB?

  • Get the strong foundation in genetics, development, and biochemistry to pursue a variety of careers. MCB graduates go to top medical and grad schools. 39% of our students are in the Honors College.
  • Select from one of four sub-plans designed to fit your education and career goals: Genetics & Human Health, Education & Communication, Systems & Big Data Biology, and Molecular & Cellular Biology.
  • Learn from engaged faculty committed to innovative education.
  • Do hands-on research in cutting-edge labs. Over 40% of MCB undergraduate students conduct independent research in labs.
  • Meet your educational and personal goals. Graduate on time with advice and support from our award-winning academic advising team.
  • Develop problem solving and teamwork skills critical to career success in MCB’s collaborative learning environment.
  • Follow your passion, whether you are answering fundamental questions about how cells, molecules, and genes work, or applying that knowledge to uncovering new therapies for cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, or aging.
  • Be part of a vibrant, engaged student community. The MCB Club, independent research, and outreach opportunities allow students to learn leadership skills, connect and give back to the community.
  • MCB is committed to diversity and opportunity for all students. The department directs the TRIO ASEMS program which provides support to UA undergraduate STEM and health science majors who are first generation students, students with disabilities, and/or economically disadvantaged students.
  • Work hard, play hard. MCB students maintain a 3.3 GPA while exploring the outdoors and enjoying the activities Tucson and the University of Arizona offer.


Hear from our students why they chose MCB!

Watch this zoom meeting with our MCB Club Officers sharing information about careers with an MCB degree!