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Biological Sciences, Molecular and Cell Biology Emphasis, B.S.


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Requirements for the Biological Sciences Major


To receive the B.S. in Biological Sciences students must adhere to General Education  and School of Natural Sciences Requirements . The Biological Sciences program consists of 76-83 units, with a minimum of 23 courses designed to give all students a common foundation of core knowledge specific to the discipline plus breadth in an application area.

Biological Sciences Requirement [14 units]


Complete the following five biological sciences courses:

General Chemistry Requirement [8 units]


Complete the following two general chemistry courses:

Organic Chemistry Requirement [4 units]


Complete the following two organic chemistry courses:

Mathematics Requirement [8 units]


Complete the following mathematics courses:

Probability and Statistics Requirement [3-4 units]


Complete one of the following probability and statistics courses:

Upper Division Science or Engineering Requirement [3-4 units]


Complete one additional upper division course in science or engineering.

Requirements for Molecular and Cell Biology Emphasis Track


The Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) emphasis track provides students with the skills and knowledge to pursue studies in graduate programs and professional schools and the background for careers in basic and applied biological research and medicine. MCB emphasizes the molecular and cellular principles that underlie all terrestrial life, as well as the genetic and evolutionary concepts explaining the diversity and unity of life. These topics form the foundation of modern health sciences and biomedical research.

Molecular and Cell Biology Core Courses [11-13 Units]


Complete the following course:

Evolution Elective


Complete one of the following courses:

Molecular and Cell Biology Upper Division Elective Courses [16 Units Minimum]


Laboratory Component [4 Units Minimum]


Complete one of the following courses with a Laboratory Component. If lab is separate, both lecture and lab component must be taken.

Additional Elective Courses [11 Units Minimum]


Complete three courses from the following:

Undergraduate Research in Biological Sciences


All Biological Sciences majors are encouraged, but not required, to participate in a research experience. Students attend research lectures by UC Merced faculty, and can elect to go on to participate in research projects. The relevant course numbers are:

Transfer Selection Criteria


To be admitted to the Biological Sciences major transfer students must meet the following requirements:

Applicants will, at the time of admission have completed at minimum each of the following courses (or their equivalent) with a “C-” or better:

Additional Information


Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 in transferable courses. Any outstanding General Education and Major preparation coursework will be completed at UC Merced. Students should also consult the Information for Prospective Students link on the School of Natural Sciences website naturalsciences.ucmerced.edu for more information.

* Biological Sciences BIO 001  and BIO 001L  (if available at their originating school. A letter grade of “B” or better grade must be earned.)

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