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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

Math Required:


    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.
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 2011-2017 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
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
Math 3
First Semester General Chemistry 4
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Math 3
Second Semester General Chemistry 4
ECOL 182R Intro Bio II 3
ECOL 182L Intro Bio II Lab 1
3rd Semester
First Semester Organic Chemistry Lecture 3
First Semester Organic Chemistry Lab 1
MCB 181R Intro Bio I 3
MCB 181L Intro Bio I Lab 1
Tier I General Education 3
Second Language Course 4
4th Semester
Second Semester Organic Chemistry Lecture 3
Second Semester Organic Chemistry Lab 1
MCB 301 Molecular Basis of Life 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
First Semester Physics 3
First Semester Physics Lab 1
MCB 304 Molecular Genetics 4
Tier II General Education 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
6th Semester
Second Semester Physics 3
Second Semester Physics Lab 1
MCB 305 Cell and Developmental Biology 4
BIOC 385 Metabolic Biochemistry 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
MCB Major Core Elective 3
MCB Major Lab Elective or Thesis 3
Tier II General Education 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
8th Semester
MCB Major Writing elective or Thesis 3
MCB Major Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Elective 3
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

  • 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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