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Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology

About the B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Do you have a passion to worship your Creator through studying and applying the sciences?

Cedarville’s distinctly Christian molecular and cellular biology major will prepare you to work in the biotechnology field or to pursue graduate study in medicine, molecular biology, genetics, and related fields in the biological sciences. Cedarville is one of only a few conservative Christian schools that offers a major in this rapidly growing field.

Molecular and Cellular Biology Program Highlights

Excellent preparation — You will join a group of students who average at or above the 95th percentile for the Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) Major Field Test in biology. You will graduate with a broad background in the biological sciences, including how to use scientific methods to investigate problems and communicate solutions.

Biblical — Your molecular and cellular biology coursework will be balanced with a liberal arts curriculum and Cedarville’s Bible minor. Your professors will be committed to biblical integration in their field.

Strong laboratory emphasis with required research experience — You will graduate with cutting-edge research experience in your field, including the opportunity to participate in a research poster or presentation.

State-of-the-art equipment — You will have access to excellent lab facilities including a dedicated tissue culture workroom and a cutting-edge human anatomy and physiology laboratory. You’ll learn molecular techniques commonly used in research laboratories today, such as fluorescence microscopy, RT-PCR, Western blotting, and many others. Our strong laboratory emphasis ensures that you will be able to enter the workforce, or your graduate studies, with confidence.

Outcomes for Molecular and Cellular Biology Majors

A B.S. degree in molecular and cellular biology is excellent preparation for a number of occupations, including, but not limited to professional schools in the health care field, research and biotechnology, graduate school in the biological sciences, and medical laboratory work.

We have recent graduates working as an orthopedic surgeon, pediatric infectious disease physician, and physician assistant (to name a few), as well as several Ph.D. candidates at respected graduate schools.

Opportunities for Molecular and Cellular Biology Majors

Internships — Your faculty advisor will work with you to find summer internships in academic and industrial laboratories across the nation. You may also earn money and fulfill your research requirement through a 6–10-week summer research internship. Our students have interned at a broad spectrum of institutions, including:

  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Eli Lilly
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Oncoveda Cancer Research Institute
  • University of Cincinnati

AuSable Institute — Cedarville University also partners with the AuSable Institute to offer a variety of summer study opportunities.

Student organizations — Student organizations allow you to meet with like-minded fellow students and professionals.

  • Chi Theta Pi is a student-run organization designed for networking among Cedarville students studying premed, predental, and preoptometry.
  • Great and Small is for students who are interested in veterinary medicine. This student-run organization helps students prepare for training in the veterinary field.
  • Biology Club is for students interested in any aspect of biology. This student-run organization emphasizes networking and community service.

Global Outreach — Our students partner with the Global Outreach office to participate in medical or dental missions trips, as well as a large number of outreach opportunities that are not medically related.

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Alumni Spotlight

Take a look at what some of our alumni are saying about the experience as a molecular and cellular biology major at Cedarville.

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Pathway to Medical School

Training for a medical profession at Cedarville University involves intentional preparation academically, personally, and spiritually. Cedarville has a strong history of preparing students for medical school.

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Biology and Life Science Program Options

If you’re interested in studying biology and life sciences at Cedarville, but you’re not sure which major is right for you, we’ve created helpful resource that compares our four options to aid you in making a final decision.

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Cutting-edge Research

A key component of our program is the cutting-edge research you will be exposed to. Working closely with your professors, you will complete research and then present it at Cedarville’s Research and Scholarship Symposium each spring. You will also have opportunities to present your research at national or international conferences, and co-author articles in scientific publications with your professors.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 95% of 2016 graduates from the Department of Science and Mathematics were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville’s other placement rates.

Program Faculty

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Heather Kuruvilla, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology, Associate Director, Center for Bioethics

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Kaleb Pauley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Molecular and Cellular Biology Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take your core biology courses. These will prepare you for your upper-division elective courses, which allow you to specialize in the direction that best fits your intended career path.

Sample courses:
  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell
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