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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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Requirements for the Biological Sciences Major

In addition to General Education  and School of Natural Sciences Requirements , the requirements that must be met to receive the B.S. in Biological Sciences at UC Merced are:

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:

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 [12-13 Units]

Complete the following course:

Evolution Course

Complete one of the following courses:

Molecular and Cell Biology Upper Division Elective Courses [17 Units Minimum]

At least four courses chosen from the Molecular and Cell Biology elective list, one course with Laboratory component [5 units], and three additional courses [12 units minimum].

Transfer Students

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 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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