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Molecular & Cellular Biology

Bachelor of Science

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Understanding the molecular workings of cells is being transferred into rapid advances in medicine and agriculture. These advances have spawned a new biotechnology industry, allowing the introduction of beneficial genes into crop plants and domestic animals, and promising to lessen the severity of certain genetic diseases. Majors study fundamental biological questions about gene and cell structure and function. Students are encouraged to participate in active research with professors. Possible careers include medicine, industry, education or emerging fields in biotechnology.

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: http://www.mcb.arizona.edu/
Math Required:

Substantial

    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Substantial
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
CHEM 151 4
MATH 122A 1
MATH 122B 4
ENGL 101 3
Tier I General Education course 3
2nd Semester
CHEM 152 4
ECOL 182R 3
ECOL 182L 1
MATH 129 3
ENGL 102 3
3rd Semester
MCB 181R 3
MCB 181L 1
CHEM 243A 1
CHEM 241A 3
Tier I General Education course 3
Tier I General Education course 3
Elective 3
4th Semester
Elective 4
CHEM 241B 3
CHEM 243B 1
Tier I General Education course 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
MCB 304 4
PHYS 102 3
PHYS 181 1
Tier II General Education course 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
MCB 305 4
BIOC 385 3
PHYS 103 3
PHYS 182 1
Tier II General Education course 3
Upper Division Elective 3
300- or 400-level elective 3
7th Semester
MCB Lab course or Senior Honors Thesis I 3
Tier II General Education course 3
MCB Core Elective course 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
8th Semester
MCB Writing-Emphasis course or Senior Honors Thesis II 3
MCB Upper Division elective course 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

In addition to familiarity with mathematics, physics, and writing skills, the Molecular and Cellular Biology major provides students with coursework and laboratory experience in advanced chemistry, biology, and genetics. Graduates will be prepared for work as laboratory technologists, research scientists, consultants, or educators in medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, forensics, agriculture, or biotechnology. This major is also excellent preparation for medical, veterinary, or pharmacy school or graduate programs in the life sciences or public health. Some of the job titles listed below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Medicine
  • Forensics
  • Agriculture
  • Diagnostic services
  • Research
  • Biotechnology
  • Product development
  • Education

Sample Employers

  • Medical laboratories
  • Research institutes
  • Seed producers
  • Farms
  • Crime laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Government agencies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Molecular or Cellular Biologist $37,620 - $145,600
Cytotechnologist $34,120 - $58,990
Science Writer $35,520 - $91,720
Biotechnologist $30,000 - $129,510
Research Associate $21,000 - $61,000
Blood Bank Technologist $39,940 - $58,430
Crime Lab Technician $28,000 - $53,000
Forensic Serologist $28,000 - $73,000
Crop Scientist $34,000 - $93,460
High School Science Teacher $36,930 - $55,050
Wildlife Biology Technician $23,670 - $57,890