The Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology participates in the graduate Program in Biomedical Science and Engineering (PBSE). Forty-five faculty members from 4 departments are involved in the PBSE, which offer an unusual breadth of expertise and exceptional opportunities in interdisciplinary graduate research training. When students apply to the PBSE they indicate interest in one of three training tracks: Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology (MCD Track), Mechanistic, Structural and Chemical Biology (MSCB Track) or Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB Track). Each of the tracks provides a set of focused core courses and advanced electives that draw on the expertise of the PBSE faculty and provide students with advanced training in interdiscipinary approaches to biomedical science and engineering. The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering reflects the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of biomedical research at UCSC.
MCD Biology awards degrees in the following majors: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Neuroscience, Human Biology; General Biology B.A. & B.S. (shared with Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (shared with Chemistry and Biochemistry Department); BioInformatics (shared with the School of Engineering); and combined Environmental Studies/Biology major. Go to the Division's Undergraduate Affairs Advising website for more information.
Our undergraduate programs also strongly support research training and careers for students from underrepresented groups. For more information visit the Minority Access to Biomedical Research Careers website.