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Molecular & Cellular Biology: Systems & Big Data Biology Emphasis

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Molecular & Cellular Biology: Systems & Big Data Biology Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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Join the exciting biomedical big data revolution with in-demand analytical skills in the Systems and Big Data sub plan in Molecular and Cellular Biology! Pair strong training in molecular and cellular biology with the quantitative skills needed to draw important discoveries from the high-dimensional and complex biomedical data generated by modern technology.  Learn about advances in mathematical modeling, statistics and machine learning and their role in healthcare through classes like Key Concepts in Quantitative Biology, Introduction to Systems Biology, and Big Data in Biology & Beyond.  Become method-savvy through coursework that couples foundational training in molecular and cellular biology with the knowledge to effectively analyze data using statistical tools.

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

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 122 A/B Calculus I 5
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
Tier I General Education 3
MCB 195 Colloquium 1
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
MATH 129 Calculus II or MATH 263 Intro to Stats 3
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
ECOL 182R Introductory Biology II 3
ECOL 182L Introductory Biology II Lab 1
3rd Semester
CHEM 241A Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 243A Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology I Lab 1
MATH 223 Vector Calculus 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
CHEM 241B Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 243B Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
MCB 301 Molecular Basis of Life 4
MATH 254 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations or 355 Analysis of Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Upper Division Free Elective 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
PHYS 102 Introductory Physics I 3
PHYS 181 Introductory Lab I 1
MCB 304 Molecular Genetics 4
MCB 315 Quantitative Biology 3
MATH 310 Applied Linear Algebra or 313 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
Tier I General Education 3
6th Semester
PHYS 103 Introductory Physics II 3
PHYS 182 Introductory Lab II 1
MCB 305 Cell and Developmental Biology 4
MATH 363 Introduction to Statistical Methods or 375 Introduction to Numerical Methods 3
MCB 447 Big Data in Biology and Biomedicine 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
Sub Plan Lab or Thesis I 3
MCB 480 Introduction to Systems Biology 3
CSC 250 Essential Computing for the Sciences or Free Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
Second Language 4
8th Semester
Sub Plan Writing or Thesis II 3
Sub-Plan Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
Upper Division Free Elective 3
Second Language 4

AZ Transfer Pathways

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  • 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
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  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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