Molecular and Cellular Biology Concentration

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in Sciences and Letters Curriculum

E-mail address: undergrad@mcb.illinois.edu

Students receive a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Minimum required courses: 67-71 hours, including 21 hours of 300- or 400-level courses; 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

General Education requirements: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Certain advanced courses may be taken prior to completion of the MCB 250-MCB 253, MCB 354 sequence with permission of an academic advisor. A minimum of 15 hours of 300- or 400-level courses in MCB from the approved list is required.

In addition, undergraduate research (MCB 290MCB 291 or departmental equivalent) is strongly recommended for students planning to go to graduate school. No more than 10 hours of MCB 290MCB 291 or departmental equivalent credit may be counted towards the 120 hours required for a degree in MCB.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

Students earning a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology may not also earn a second degree in the Specialized Curriculum in Biochemistry.

Students earning a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology may not double major in Integrative Biology.

MATH 220Calculus4-5
or MATH 221 Calculus I
MATH 231Calculus II3
or STAT 212 Biostatistics
Select one group of courses:8-10
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
Accelerated Chemistry I
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab I
and Accelerated Chemistry II
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 233Elementary Organic Chem Lab I2
Select one group of courses:10-12
College Physics: Mech & Heat
and College Physics: E&M & Modern
University Physics: Mechanics
and University Physics: Elec & Mag
and Univ Physics: Thermal Physics
and Univ Physics: Quantum Physics
IB 150Organismal & Evolutionary Biol4
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
MCB 250Molecular Genetics3
MCB 251Exp Techniqs in Molecular Biol2
MCB 252Cells, Tissues & Development3
MCB 253Exp Techniqs in Cellular Biol2
MCB 354Biochem & Phys Basis of Life3
At least four additional courses at the 300- to 400-level from the Approved List of Advanced Courses for MCB Majors are also required, including one lab course. 15-16

Distinction

Students in MCB can qualify for Distinction via one of the following:

Distinction for Excellence in Research:

To be eligible for graduation with Distinction a student must:

Complete 3 semesters of MCB 290 for 2 credit hours or more each semester. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 at the end of penultimate semester. Give at least one poster presentation at the Undergraduate Research symposium or other approved venue. Obtain a letter of support from their Principal Investigator.

To be eligible for graduation with High Distinction a student must:

Complete 2 semesters of MCB 290 for 2 credit hours or more each semester. Complete 1 semester of MCB 492 for 3 credit hours or more. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 at the end of penultimate semester. Give at least one poster presentation at the Undergraduate Research symposium or other approved venue. Obtain a letter of support from their Principal Investigator. Submit a written thesis that is approved by the Distinction Committee.

To be eligible for graduation with Highest Distinction a student must:

Complete 2 semesters of MCB 290 for 2 credit hours or more each semester. Complete 1 semester MCB 492 for 3 credit hours or more. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.90 at the end of penultimate semester. Give at least one poster presentation at the Undergraduate Research symposium or other approved venue. Obtain a letter of support from their Principal Investigator. Submit a written thesis that is approved by the Distinction Committee. Distinction for Excellence in Academics:

To be eligible for graduation with Academic Distinction a student must:

Maintain a major GPA of 3.90 or higher in the MCB major (biology, chemistry, physics and math courses for the MCB major) at the end of their penultimate semester.