Cells—the basic unit of organization of all life—carry out the fundamental processes necessary for organisms to grow, reproduce and negotiate their environments. Cell biologists study these processes and the principles that govern the organization and function of cells within the body. Cell biology integrates principles from many disciplines, including chemistry, physics, genetics, biochemistry and physiology, for a more complete understanding of cell function. At UC Davis, cell biology majors enjoy access to extensive laboratory resources and research opportunities, meaning you can be at the forefront of exciting new frontiers in research in genetics, disease processes and developmental biology.
Cell biology majors find their study provides an excellent background for entering graduate or professional schools in biological or health sciences. Additionally, the strong emphasis on hands-on experience means graduates are also well prepared to move directly into careers in such areas as teaching, academic or industrial research or administrative, legal and commercial aspects of biomedical science.
You will begin with foundation courses similar to those of other majors in the biological sciences, including basic natural science and mathematics concepts. At the upper division level, you will study more advanced topics in organic and physical chemistry and developmental, molecular and cell biology. The strong research focus of the major gives you the chance to become familiar with modern experimental biology, and you will be encouraged to work with faculty on independent research products to enhance your classroom studies.