BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology Major

BS Cellular

When you choose to earn a bachelor of science in Cellular and Molecular Biology at SPU, you will delve into an interdisciplinary field that bridges the fields of chemistry and biology to understand life and cellular processes at the molecular level. This degree prepares you for graduate studies or a professional career in biology.

About the Cellular and Molecular Biology Major

As a Cellular and Molecular Biology major at SPU, you can expect to study molecular structures and processes of cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction, and development of living organisms. In this major, you will find out more about God's creation through the complexities of cellular and molecular biology.

Career Opportunities

After graduation, you'll be on your way to serving in a position such as:

  • Molecular biologist
  • Physician
  • Lab manager
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Genetic counselor
  • Research technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Neuroscientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Dentist

Courses and Requirements

As a Cellular and Molecular Biology major, you will take a minimum 107 credits, including at least 26 upper-division biology credits. Review all of the BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology courses and requirements, as well as a suggested course sequence.

Discuss your elective courses with your biology faculty advisor, and if you are interested in graduate school, consult with your advisor as to whether coursework beyond degree requirements (e.g., physics, MAT 1235) is appropriate.

Special emphasis is placed on undergraduate research in this major, and an Undergraduate Research Project is required for graduation. For your research project, you will collaborate with a faculty member on an investigation that requires a formal proposal (BIO 4978 "Biological Research Proposal"), and original research and presentation of results (BIO 4979).

No more than six credits of courses numbered from BIO 4900 through 4999 may be applied to this major.

To apply to the BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology major, you must make a formal application through your Degree Status Check page in Banner.

Faculty Contact

Derek Wood

Professor of Biology
PhD, University of Arizona

Phone: 206-281-2955
Office: Eaton 108

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Why I Teach at SPU

Rick Ridgway, Associate Professor of Biology

I teach at SPU because I am so enriched by the enthusiasm for learning and the desire to serve others. I was raised in Seattle, but heard of SPU only after several Campus Life-Youth for Christ friends suggested I might be happier at a smaller college after expressing my frustration with the large and fairly impersonal classes I was experiencing at a large state university. After transferring to SPU, I got to know professors who cared about my growth both as a scholar and as a Christian. Later, upon completing graduate school and several years as a post-doctoral research fellow, I received an invitation to come back to SPU. I felt a very strong calling to return to the SPU community and share my joy of learning with new generations of undergraduate students through teaching, scientific research, and advising.

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Why I Teach at SPU

Jenny Tenlen, Associate Professor of Biology

“I teach at SPU because both teaching and research are valued, and my students’ enthusiasm for my research has rekindled my own passion for research. I am part of a strong and nurturing department that cares deeply about our students. I particularly appreciate that I can really get to know my students and colleagues, and have been inspired by their goals, dreams, and accomplishments.”