The cell and molecular biology major includes the background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics needed in the study of biology and the practical scientific skills associated with each of these subject areas. The major offers core courses in cell biology and in human genetics and genomics as well as advanced electives in a broad range of cutting-edge areas, such as stem cells and regeneration, microbial biotechnology, immunology, developmental neurobiology, mammalian physiology, and systems biology that align with the research expertise of our faculty.
The cell and molecular biology degree prepares students to apply for graduate school, medical school or other advanced training. The bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology prepares students to enter careers in the biotechnology/biomedical sector, in academic or industrial settings.
Pre-medical, pre-dental, and other pre-professional students are urged to consult with the pre-professional advisory committee early in their careers at Northeastern. The biology department strongly encourages undergraduate research by providing opportunities and support through a number of programs, including research co-ops and internships, course credit for research in faculty labs, honors theses and work-study research positions. Undergraduates are encouraged to present their findings at Northeastern’s annual Scholarship and Technology Expo, as well as at external research conferences and in scholarly journals.
To graduate with a major in cell & molecular biology a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.000 for all science and mathematics courses required for the major. No double majors are offered in cell and molecular biology and biology, cell and molecular biology and biochemistry, or cell and molecular biology and behavioral neuroscience due to similarity in course curricula. Visit the University Registrar for course descriptions.