Taking the following courses will prepare you for molecular biology at any UC campus that offers the major.
- General biology with lab (full introductory sequence)
- General chemistry with lab (one-year sequence)
- Calculus for STEM majors (one-year sequence)
- Organic chemistry with lab (one-year sequence)
Full sequences can take two to four terms to complete (depending on whether your institution is on semesters or quarters), so you'll want to start them early. Use ASSIST to find the specific classes offered at your community college that will satisfy the expected coursework. In addition to the specific coursework above, you will need to fulfill minimum requirements expected of all transfer applicants to UC.
Looking ahead: Some of UC's molecular biology majors also require one year of calculus-based physics with lab (not trigonometry-based physics) and/or one term of statistics before graduation from UC. You can complete these courses at your community college if your schedule allows, but you can also complete them after transfer without negatively affecting your competitiveness for admission to UC.
Associate Degree for Transfer
If you are working on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in biology at your community college with the goal of applying to CSU as well as UC, there's a lot of overlap in coursework. Here's what you need to know about the differences between what UC expects for molecular biology and what CSU requires for biology transfer students:
- The UC pathway expects organic chemistry to be completed at the CCC; CSU doesn't.
- CSU requires physics; the UC pathway doesn't. However, some UC programs will require one year of calculus-based physics with lab before graduation from UC. To fulfill the physics requirement for both CSU and UC, take calculus-based physics, not trigonometry-based physics.
The molecular biology pathway applies to the degree programs listed below as well as all degree programs listed in the Biochemistry, Biology and Cell biology pathways. (More may be added in the year ahead.)
- Biochemistry and molecular biology, B.S. at Davis
- Biochemistry and molecular biology, B.S. at Irvine
- Biochemistry and molecular biology, B.S. at Santa Barbara
- Cell, molecular and developmental biology, B.S. at Riverside
- Molecular and cell biology, B.A. at Berkeley
- Molecular biology, B.S. at San Diego
- Molecular, cell and developmental biology, B.S. at Los Angeles
- Molecular, cell and developmental biology, B.S. at Santa Cruz
Campus GPA requirements
Admission to different UC campuses and majors varies in competitiveness depending on how many students apply and how many slots are available. As a result, the minimum GPA and grade requirements for particular courses may vary from campus to campus. Make sure to look on the campus admissions websites to find minimum expected grade point averages for the major you are interested in.
Molecular biology is one of UC's top majors offering a new Transfer Pathway: a single set of courses students can take to prepare for admission to any of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses.