Understanding how eukaryotic cells process information from their environment and initiate programs of gene expression leading to growth, development, and functional specification is the essence of a cell, molecular, and developmental (CMD) biology major. Students enrolled in this curriculum will take courses providing a solid foundation in the molecular biology of cells and gain a full appreciation of how molecular complexes interact to make a cell function. This fundamental knowledge in cell and molecular biology will be applied through further coursework in genetics and developmental biology to examine how eukaryotic organisms function and how specific aspects of that function are perturbed by disease. Within the CMD major, students have the option of focusing their studies on animal systems, plant systems, or both. Graduates with a CMD major are well-prepared to pursue careers in academic or industrial research, biotechnology, genetic engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, and other health-related professions.
Points of Pride
- Large number of undergraduates involved in undergraduate research each semester
- Award winning teachers are found throughout the curriculum – from the introductory lecture course to the capstone laboratory modules
- Graduates are highly respected by employers, graduate schools, and professional schools
- Students have many opportunities for co-curricular experiences such as serving as tutors or teaching interns.