Molecular & Cellular Biology


What is Molecular & Cellular Biology?

In this major, you’ll study molecular and cellular structure and function, as well as the metabolic, genetic, and physiological processes to understand living organisms. This program will provide you with a solid foundation in biochemistry, cell and development biology, microbiology, molecular genetics, physiology, and structural biology. Through your coursework, you’ll build up a variety of professional skills such as critical thinking and communication, as well as more hands-on learning in labs that will teach you teamwork and problem-solving. Molecular and Cellular Biology also offers a Secondary Education option for the teaching of Biology in high schools, as well as a Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors concentration. If you’re interested in Molecular and Cellular Biology, you’ll apply into our Biology program, designating Molecular and Cellular Biology 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


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


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