Majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology

The comprehensive major Cell and Molecular Biology(CMB) is a rigorous and selective science program that prepares academically serious students for:

  1. graduate work in human genetics, cell biology, or molecular biology,
  2. graduate work in fields such as biotechnology, genomics, proteomics, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, bioinformatics, and microbiology where a strong undergraduate foundation in cell and molecular biology is basic to the field.
  3. professional schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, or other health-related professions, and,
  4. employment in biotechnology or the biopharmaceutical industry that is based on the methods and applications of cell biology and molecular biology.

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Because of sequential prerequisites, limited course offerings, and tight course scheduling, students seeking admission into the CMB major must begin to plan their program with a CMB advisor during the freshman year.

Formal admission to the Cell and Molecular Biology Degree Program by the time the student has accumulated 60 credit hours requires completion of 25 hours of course work with an overall and science GPA of 2.50 or higher that includes BMS 110(4), BMS 231(4), and CHM 160(4). In the semester before graduation CMB majors are required to take the ACAT (Area Concentration Achievement Test), which assesses their knowledge base in the subject disciplines of cell and molecular biology.

Explore CMB Required Courses for more descriptions of the CMB major course requirements and fields within cell and molecular biology. A trial schedule is also available to plan a four year schedule.

Select "Why Choose a CMB Major?" in the left navigation bar to understand why you should strongly consider majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology at Missouri State University