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Molecular & Cellular Biology

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What is Molecular & Cellular Biology?

MCB focuses on molecular and cellular structure and function. Students learn about metabolic, genetic, and physiological processes to better understand living organisms. This program provides a solid foundation in biochemistry, molecular genetics, physiology, microbiology, structural biology, and cell and development biology. Coursework establishes professional skills such as critical thinking and communication. Labs provide hands-on learning that encourage teamwork and problem-solving. Additional opportunities include:

• Secondary Education option for the teaching of Biology in high schools

• Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors concentration.

If you are interested in this major, apply into our Biology program. You may choose MCB as your major before your sophomore year.

Career Options

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology & pharmaceuticals
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Forensic science
  • Genetic counseling
  • Government
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Research
  • Science Writing
  • Teaching
  • Veterinary medicine

Post-Graduation Success1

71% employed or continuing education

35% employed after graduation

36% attending graduate school

$38,813 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carle Foundation Hospital, ScribeAmerica

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Midwestern University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

27 - 32 ACT Score

1260 - 1440 SAT Score

3.36 - 3.83 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $36,394

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $34,182
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $53,876

International

  • Tuition: $36,556
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $56,250
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