Molecular and Cellular Biology

Molecular and cellular biology incorporates a range of topics: functional genomics, gene regulation, genetic trait analysis, cellular signaling, control of cell division, proliferation, and death, molecular mechanisms in various diseases and cancer, early developmental processes in animals and plants, biotechnology, and bioinformatics.

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Science Education with a concentration in biology (B.S.C.)

Curriculum
The course of study includes topics such as genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Electives include neurobiology, developmental biology, recombinant DNA techniques, problem solving and genetic tools, bioinformatics, science education outreach, contemporary issues in biology, teaching practicum, and independent research. Foundation courses include introductory biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and calculus. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue independent research projects in faculty laboratories through special fellowship programs and independent study credit.

Career Options
A Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology brings opportunity. Graduates can immediately pursue positions as research technicians in academic, government, or industrial laboratories, become technical sales representatives, and work as government inspectors and safety officers and crime lab analysts. Many graduates pursue advanced degrees in medical school, graduate school, law school, business school, or public health programs. Alumni also have received additional training to become genetic counselors, pharmacists, high school teachers, technology transfer assistants, and science writers.

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Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology