This program is offered under the umbrella of the Molecular and Cellular Biology department at UC Davis. MCB itself is in the College of Biological Sciences. Its courses overlap with the Genetics and Cell Biology programs. Many people who are interested in computational or theoretical molecular and cellular biology minor in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics. The advising center for the major is located in 156 Briggs. Phone: (530-752-9032)

From the 2004-2005, 2005-2006 General Catalog

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major introduces students to the chemistry of living organisms and the experimental techniques that are used to probe the structures and functions of biologically important molecules. Students who both enjoy both chemistry and biology and who are comfortable with quantitative approaches to problem solving will find this major a rewarding field of study.

B.S. Major Requirements (Units)

Preparatory Subject Matter (54-58)

Biological Sciences 1A-1B-1C
Chemistry 2A-2B-2C
Mathematics 16A-16B-16C or 21A-21B-21C
Physics 7A-7B-7C
Statistics 13, 32, 100 or 102

Depth Subject Matter (52-54)

Biological Sciences 101, 102, 103, 104
Chemistry 118A-118B-118C or 128A-128B-128C, 129A-129B
Chemistry 107A-107B, 1081
Molecular and Cellular Biology 120L, 121, 122, 123

Restricted Electives (4)

Upper division courses in biological sciences or chemistry. Students are encouraged to obtain additional laboratory experience; however, no more than 3 units of 192, 193 or 199 may be counted toward Restricted Elective units.

Total Units for the Major (107-112)


1. This course is being phased out in favor of MCB 124