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Molecular and Cell Biology

(B.S. degree)

This degree is intended for students with interests in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or genetics, including subsequent careers in research and biotechnology. To keep track of graduation requirements, review your Academic Requirements Report (“Advisement Report”) on Student Admin.

Major Requirements

24-Credit Group: Complete at least 24 credits of 2000-level or higher courses in MCB, of which at least 9 credits must be at the 3000-level or above (for students with catalog year of 2017/2018), with an average GPA of 2.0 or higher.

The 24-credit group includes courses from the MCB core, writing in the major, and laboratory requirements below. Students may apply no more than 3 independent study credits (from MCB 3189, 3899, 3989, 4989) toward their 24-credit group.

Prerequisite courses:

1. BIOL 1107, Principles of Biology. First-year students with credit for BIOL 1107 should consider taking MCB 2410, Genetics, or MCB 2210, Cell Biology during their first year.
2. CHEM 1127Q and 1128Q, General Chemistry (or CHEM 1124Q, 1125Q, and 1126Q Fundamentals of General Chemistry)
3. MATH 1131Q and 1132Q, Calculus
4. PHYS 1401Q and 1402Q, General Physics with Calculus (or PHYS 1201Q and 1202Q, General Physics)

MCB Core Courses: complete all of the following:

  • MCB 2210 Cell Biology (3 cr.)
  • MCB 2410 Genetics (3 cr.) or MCB 2400 Human Genetics (3 cr.)
  • MCB 2610 Fundamentals of Microbiology (4 cr.)
  • MCB 2000 Introduction to Biochemistry (4 cr.) or MCB 3010 Biochemistry (5 cr.)

Writing in the Major: complete at least one of the following:

  • MCB 3022W Human Disease (3 cr.)
  • MCB 3602W Bioinf. Tools Microb. Gen. Annot. (1 cr.)
  • MCB 3841W Research and Literature in MCB (3 cr.)
  • MCB 3996W Research Thesis in MCB (3 cr.)
  • MCB 4026W Advanced Biochemistry Lab (4 cr.)
  • MCB 4997W Honors Research Thesis in MCB (3 cr.)
  • EEB 2244W General Ecology (4 cr.)
  • EEB 2245W Evolutionary Biology (4 cr.)

Laboratory Requirement: complete at least one of the following:

  • MCB 2225 Cell Biology Laboratory (4 cr.)
  • MCB 3189 Clinical Research Lab (3 cr.)*
  • MCB 3413 Concepts of Genetic Analysis (3 cr.)
  • MCB 3633 Pathogenic Microbiology (4 cr.)
  • MCB 3989 Introduction to Research (3 cr.)*
  • MCB 4026W Advanced Biochem. Lab (4 cr.)
  • MCB 4624 Experiments in Bacterial Genetics (3 cr.)
  • MCB 4989 Introduction to Honors Research (3 cr.)*

*Three total credits required. May be repeated, but only 3 cr. of either course may count toward the 24 cr. of required MCB courses.

Organic Chemistry: complete both of the following:

  • CHEM 2443 Organic Chemistry I (3 cr.)
  • CHEM 2444 Organic Chemistry II (3 cr.)

Related Courses: Complete at least 12 credits of 2000-level or higher related courses outside MCB . Speak with your assigned advisor to determine which courses can count as Relateds. Includes CHEM 2443 and 2444.

Additional Notes:

  • BIOL 1107 is only required in addition to CLAS requirements for the B.S. degree.
  • Use the MCB Requirements Worksheet, General Education Audit Sheet, and Major Sample Sequence.  Use these forms to keep track of general education requirements & major requirements.
  • BIOL 2289 counts towards the 24 credits in the major.
  • For honors requirements in MCB, view the MCB honors page and MCB honors courses page.
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