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  • 08 Fall 08 Fall

    U n i v e r s i t y o f C a l i f o r n i a , B e r k e l e y m c b . b e r k e l e y . e d u / u n d e r g r a d /

    academic

    year

    20152016

    UndergraduateHandbookMolecular&CellBiology

  • MOLECULAR & CELL BIOLOGY Undergraduate Affairs Office Office Location

    3060ValleyLifeSciencesBuildingUniversityofCalifornia,BerkeleyEmail Address

    mcbuao@berkeley.eduTelephone

    510.643.8895Drop-in Advising Hours

    MondaythroughThursday,9am12noon,1pm4pm(closed12noon1pm)Friday,9am12noon,1pm3pm(closed12noon1pm)Mailing Address

    MCBUndergraduateAffairsOffice1005ValleyLifeSciencesBuilding,#3140Berkeley,CA94720-3140Web Address

    http://mcb.berkeley.edu/undergrad/Facebook Page

    UCBerkeleyMCBMCB Student Clubs

    MCBcDNA http://mcb.berkeley.edu/groups/mcbcdna/mcbUSA http://mcbusa.berkeley.edu

    MCB Undergraduate Staff Advisors

    ClaraNg-Quinn 510.643.8895 cngquinn@berkeley.edu KatieCarson JamesS.Depelteau,UAOManager510.643.8895 510.643.7473kcarson@berkeley.edu depelteau@berkeley.edu

  • TABLE of CONTENTS WelcometoMolecular&CellBiology(MCB)atUCBerkeley.................................................................................4MCBMajorDescriptions.........................................................................................................................................................5Biochemistry&MolecularBiology(BMB)Emphasis...................................................................................................5Cell&DevelopmentalBiology(CDB)Emphasis..............................................................................................................5Genetics,Genomics,&Development(GG&D)Emphasis.............................................................................................5Immunology&Pathogenesis(IMMP)Emphasis............................................................................................................6NeurobiologyEmphasis.............................................................................................................................................................6

    AdvisingandStudentServices.............................................................................................................................................7PeerAdvisors..................................................................................................................................................................................7UndergraduateAffairsOffice&StaffAdvisors................................................................................................................7FacultyAdvisors............................................................................................................................................................................7StudentClubs.................................................................................................................................................................................7

    MajorCourseRequirements.................................................................................................................................................8Lower-DivisionCourses.............................................................................................................................................................8APCreditInformation................................................................................................................................................................8TransferStudents.........................................................................................................................................................................8130-UnitMaximumAfterFourSemesters.........................................................................................................................9Upper-DivisionCourses..........................................................................................................................................................10

    DeclaringtheMajor................................................................................................................................................................18EligibilitytoDeclare................................................................................................................................................................18DeclarationProcess.................................................................................................................................................................18MCBMajorProbationPolicy................................................................................................................................................18

    ResearchintheMajor...........................................................................................................................................................19ResourcesforFindingResearchPositions......................................................................................................................19EarningMCBCreditforResearch......................................................................................................................................20

    DepartmentalHonors...........................................................................................................................................................21UndergraduateAwards........................................................................................................................................................23DepartmentalAwards.............................................................................................................................................................23DivisionalAwards.....................................................................................................................................................................23

    BeyondtheB.A.inMCB........................................................................................................................................................26MedicalSchool&OtherHealthSchools..........................................................................................................................26GraduateSchoolinBiologicalScience.............................................................................................................................26CareerOptionswithaB.A.inMCB.....................................................................................................................................26

    Appendix1:Coursedescriptions.....................................................................................................................................27Lower-DivisionRequirementsfortheMCBMajor......................................................................................................27Lower-DivisionMCBDepartmentalCourses(notrequiredforthemajor).....................................................28Upper-DivisionMCBDepartmentalCourses.................................................................................................................30

    Appendix2:SampleCurriculumPlans..........................................................................................................................34FirstTwoYearsatCal,asFreshmenandSophomores.............................................................................................34TwoYearPlansforTransferStudents.............................................................................................................................35

  • Welcome to Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB) at UC Berkeley

    The MCB major emphases are regarded as some of the more challenging undergraduate programs on the Berkeley campus. Each emphasis will provide an excellent foundation for research and/or teaching in the life sciences, employment at the bachelors level in the biotechnology industry as well as for further study leading to professional work in any aspect of the health or environmental studies.

    All MCB students, regardless of emphasis, receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular and Cell Biology upon graduation. The first two years of coursework are similar for all MCB majors. Juniors and seniors are then expected to take the courses specified for their particular emphasis. It is critical that students contact a staff advisor or faculty advisor early in the decision-making process. These advisors are here to help, are your advocates, and can provide essential information and guidance.

    Students who successfully complete this major will be able to: describe basic biological concepts and principles, appreciate the different levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems, understand that Biology has a chemical, physical, and mathematical basis, explain the importance of the scientific method to understanding natural phenomena, effectively communicate scientific data and ideas, both orally and in writing, critically evaluate data, develop a hypothesis, and design experiments to address an interesting and novel problem, and demonstrate advanced knowledge in a specialized field of molecular and cell biology.

    The MCB teaching program provides excellent preparation for careers in basic biological and biomedical research and the health care professions. New careers ranging from biotechnology to patent law or scientific journalism have been launched with an undergraduate degree from Cals MCB Department.

    WELCOME and INTRODUCTION

  • MCB Major Descriptions

    BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (BMB)

    The study of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is one of the most rapidly advancing and excit