Cell biology

Taking the following courses will prepare you for cell biology at any UC campus that offers the major.

Expected coursework

  • 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.

Associate Degree for Transfer

Looking ahead: Some of UC's cell 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 cell 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.

Applicable majors

The cell biology pathway applies to the degree programs listed below as well as all degree programs listed in the Biochemistry, Biology and Molecular biology pathways. (More may be added in the year ahead.)

  • Biochemistry and cell biology, B.S. at San Diego
  • Cell and developmental biology, B.S. at Santa Barbara
  • Cell biology, B.S. at Davis
  • Cell, molecular, and developmental biology, B.A. at Riverside
  • Developmental and cell biology, B.S. at Irvine
  • Molecular and cell biology, B.A. at Berkeley
  • 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.