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Cell & Molecular Biology

Degree Type:
Bachelor’s Degree
Mode of Study:
On Campus

This concentration emphasizes cellular and molecular processes, pathways, and structures of living organisms. This concentration is a good choice for pre-medical and pre-veterinary students or for students who plan to pursue graduate work in one of the areas of biology represented here.

Common Career Paths

Some of the top jobs for those with Cell & Molecular Biology bachelor degrees include microbiologist, biological scientist, biological technician, biology science teacher, and so much more.

Common Salary Ranges for Graduates

As mentioned above, there’s a long list of career opportunities for those with Cell & Molecular Biology degrees. But, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average annual salary for the following positions (which may require additional education) in North Carolina in 2021:

  • Microbiologist: $80,240
  • Biological scientist: $92,720
  • Biological technician: $52,310
  • Biological science teacher: $81,050

Average Tuition Cost

The average cost for an incoming residential freshman to attend MU is less than $18,000 – similar to the cost of attending one of the big-box public schools, but with the enhanced value of a highly-regarded private school with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

While tuition varies, depending on a student’s financial aid package, it’s important to know that the average financial award for an incoming residential freshman at MU is more than $34,000.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

More than 97% of MU students receive some form of financial aid, with the University offering more than $24 million annually to students for scholarships. If a student is active military, family of active military, or a veteran, they may also qualify for MU’s military education benefits.

Interested in Methodist University’s Cell & Molecular Biology concentration?

If you have questions, reach out to Dr. Stephanie Hooper Marosek using the contact info at the bottom of the page. If you’re ready to apply today, click the button below!

Frequently Asked Questions

Molecular biology is the study of molecules within a living organism. Methodist University’s program will help you understand the processes, pathways, and structures of living organisms. This concentration is a good choice for pre-medical and pre-veterinary students or for students who plan to pursue graduate work.

Some of the top jobs for those with Cell & Molecular Biology bachelor degrees include microbiologist, biological scientist, biological technician, biology science teacher, and so much more.

Major Requirements

The Biology major with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology consists of 82-8(3 credits) distributed as follows:

  • BIO 1530 and 1531 Fundamentals of Biology I and Lab (4 credits)
  • BIO 1560 and 1561 Fundamentals of Biology II and Lab (4 credits)
  • BIO 2430 or BIO 2440 Introduction to Zoology or Introduction to Botany (4 credits)
  • BIO 2970 General Microbiology (4 credits)
  • BIO 3100 Plant Physiology (3 credits)
  • BIO 3480 Biological Chemistry (3 credits)
  • BIO 3960 Molecular Genetics (3 credits)
  • BIO 4400 Cellular Physiology (4 credits)

Microbiology/Cellular Biology Electives (choose three):

  • BIO 3060 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BIO 3080 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
  • BIO 3990 Comparative Animal Physiology (3 credits)
  • BIO 4000 Medical Microbiology (4 credits)
  • BIO 4010 Embryology & Developmental Genetics (4 credits)

Chemistry Courses (16 credits):

  • CHE 1510 and 1511 General Chemistry I and Lab (4 credits)
  • CHE 1520 and 1521 General Chemistry II and Lab (4 credits)
  • CHE 3210 and 3211 Organic Chemistry I and Lab (4 credits)
  • CHE 3220 and 3221 Organic Chemistry II and Lab (4 credits)

Mathematics Courses (6 credits):

  • MAT 1130 Pre-Calculus I (or higher) (3 credits)
  • MAT 2200 Applied Statistics (3 credits)

Additional courses in physics, chemistry, geology, and mathematics are desirable electives. It is strongly recommended that students planning to enter graduate professional programs in the health sciences take CHE 4500.

Contact

Stephanie Hooper Marosek, Ph.D.

Head, Natural Sciences Division; Wyatt Professor of the Sciences; Professor of Chemistry
Stephanie Hooper Marosek