Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology BS Requirements

MCD Biology BS:  Major Requirements

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Letter Grade Policy:  ALL courses for the major MUST be taken for a letter grade.  Only courses with grades of C (2.0) or better can be used to fulfill major requirements.  Courses in which you receive a grade of C-, D+, D, D- or F cannot be used to satisfy a major requirement or satisfy a prerequisite for another course.

Qualification Policy:  You must meet qualification policy criteria to be eligible to declare this major.


Calculus:  MATH 11A + 11B OR MATH 19A + 19B

Chemistry:  CHEM 1A + 1B + 1C/N

Biology:  BIOL 20A + BIOE 20B + BIOE 20C + BIOL 20L*
*Limted enrollment capacity for 2017-2018

Organic Chemistry:  CHEM 8A/L + 8B

Statistics: AMS 5 OR 7/L

Physics:  PHYS 6A/L + 6B OR PHYS 6A/L + 6C OR Phys 7A + 7B + 6L* 
*Concurrent enrollment with PHYS 6L required
Note: PHYS 7A/B and 6L will not satisfy prerequisites for admission to most medical schools 


Biochemistry & Molecular Biology:  BIOL 100 + BIOL 101 OR BIOC 100ABC 

Molecular Biology Lab: BIOL 101L

NOTE: Students who complete BIOC 100ABC + BIOL 101L have met both the biochemistry and molecular biology requirements. In addition, BIOC 100C may be used to satisfy one lecture elective.

Genetics:  BIOL 105

Cell Biology:  BIOL 110

Lecture:  15 credits of elective courses from the following list:
BIOL 111A Immunology I
BIOL 111B Immunology II
BIOL 112 Virology (3 credits)
BIOL 114 Cancer Cell Biology
BIOL 115 Eukaryotic Molecular Biology
BIOL 116 Advanced Topics in Cell Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 117 Global Health and Neglected Diseases (3 credits)
BIOL 120 Developmental Biology
BIOL 125 Introduction to Neuroscience
BIOL 126 Advanced Molecular Neuroscience
BIOL 127 Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disease
BIOL 128 Developmental Neurobiology
BIOL 130/L Human Physiology & Lab (lab optional)
BIOL 178L Protocols in Stem Cell Biology
BIOC 100C Advanced Biochemistry
BIOE 109 Evolution
BIOE 135/L Plant Physiology & Lab
BME 110 Computational Biology Tools
BME 130 Genomes
BME 155 Biotechnology & Drug Development
BME 160/L Programming for Biologists & Biochemists/Lab
BME 178 Stem Cell Biology
METX 119 Microbiology
PHYS 180 Biophysics

Laboratory:  ONE from the following:
BIOL 100L Biochemistry Lab
BIOL 105L Eukaryotic Genetics Lab
BIOL 109L Yeast Molecular Genetics Lab
BIOL 115L Eukaryotic Molecular Biology Lab
BIOL 120L Development Lab
BIOL 121L Environmental Phage Biology Lab
BIOL 186L Undergraduate Research in MCD Biology
BIOC 110L Advanced Biochemistry Lab
METX 119L Microbiology Lab

Students satisfy this requirement by successfully completing the laboratory elective. (NOTE: This requirement MUST be completed at UCSC.)

Students satisfy this requirement by successfully completing the laboratory elective.