Molecular life science is at the edge of scientific innovation. The Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology program at Grand Canyon University can help you build the foundation of knowledge and skills you will need to pursue a career in the field of biology. Offered by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, this biology degree blends rigorous classroom instruction with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities.
Research the Building Blocks of Living Organisms
The molecular and cellular biology Bachelor of Science program is a multidisciplinary degree program that blends instructional coursework with hands-on learning activities. Using cutting edge laboratory technology, students develop a keen understanding of scientific experiment design, execution and analysis.
You will practice communicating scientific information with a broad range of stakeholders, explore the essentials of data analysis and interpretation and learn to conduct yourself as a professional in the lab, all while acquiring an understanding of ethical practice.
The program equips students in the following competencies:
- Microbial cell structure and function, microbial genetics and related pathologies and immunities
- Properties and reactions of organic compounds, including chemical bonding, chemical structure and acid-base principles
- Normal function of human cells, tissues and organ systems, and the interconnections and biochemical functions among bodily systems
- Composition, structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates
- Advanced topics in genetics and genomics, including prokaryotic and eukaryotic DNA replication and repair
ll students in the program also have the opportunity to complete their culminating capstone project. Within the project, they are able to create original work, discuss and write on current topics in their field, and prepare an extensive scientific report that synthesizes program knowledge. Students are encouraged to pursue their passion by exploring timely and relevant topics in their area of interest and participate in experiential innovation projects.
What You Can Do With a Molecular and Cellular Biology Major
From life-changing discoveries to groundbreaking innovations, biochemists and molecular biologists are changing the world for the better. As a biology major, you are able to pursue a career in a high-growth field, such as biotechnology, pharmacology or medical research. Specialists are also needed in fields like agriculture, forensic science and education.
Job titles related to this degree include the following:
- Research scientist
- Research assistant or associate
- Forensic scientist
- DNA analyst
Career Outlook for a Molecular and Cellular Biologist
Some graduates may opt for a different path and pursue a career in science writing, science policy or medical illustration. Earn your BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology degree from GCU and become part of the scientific revolution working to cure life-threatening diseases, find an answer to the energy crisis or solve world hunger through scientific innovations.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.