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Molecular Biology Degree

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Overview

Molecular biology is the area of employment and study that focuses on the functions of a living organism by understanding its operation at the molecular and cellular level. Individuals in this field typically utilize the information gleaned as a foundation for further education in related fields, though researchers will work to better understand how such systems operate and form within a living organism.

Education and Schools

Individuals seeking an education in molecular biology will generally pursue a bachelor’s degree. The education provided utilizes various sciences while providing a strong background in the understanding of the human body as well as other living organisms. The education will provide a foundation in research methodologies, technologies, and techniques to be able to visualize and understand the cell structures and molecular interactions.

A curriculum may include:

  • Chemistry
  • Cell Physiology
  • Molecular Research
  • Biology
  • Calculus

Molecular biology is considered a good undergraduate degree for individuals wishing to pursue an education in biochemistry, genetics and medicine. The foundation it provides is strong, ensuring the development of basic and complex skills early in one’s education. Students wishing to study this field should find a school that has a strong program and maintains facilities conducive to research and growth.

Employment Opportunities

Individuals who pursue a career in this field will seek employment at laboratories either for the purposes of research or analyses. Most analyses will be done at the medical level, with individuals looking for anomalies, ailments or other pathogens that may affect a person at the molecular level. Others may work in areas such as cancer, viral, or bacterial research which can lead to effective treatments or cures in the long run. As noted above, higher levels of education in other fields can lead to careers in medicine, research for the purposes of advancement and healthcare.

Top Colleges that Offer Molecular Biology by Number of Graduates

Listed below are the most popular schools in the U.S. that have molecular biology programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting a state.

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University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

The University of California, Berkeley has a reputation of excellence, boasting many renowned graduates and faculty members.  In fact, 20 UC Berkeley faculty members have received Nobel awards.  According to a National Research Council analysis, UC Berkeley has at...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,874
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (510) 642-6000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Biophysics (B,M,D)
  • Botany (B,M,D)

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

Champaign, IL

The University of Illinois at Urbana is the largest and oldest campus in the University of Illinois system and is a public research facility. History The University of Illinois at Urbana was...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $14,522
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (217) 333-1000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Biophysics (B)
  • Botany (B)

University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

About The University of California - Santa Cruz, located in Santa Cruz, California, was founded in 1965, though plans for the school date as early as 1930. The school is a member of the University of...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,416
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (831) 459-0111

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Molecular Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Molecular Biology (B,M,D)

University of Colorado at Boulder

Boulder, CO

George Mason University, established in 1972 and commonly known as "Mason," is a top-ranking educational institution located in Northern Virginia.  Mason has strong research programs that span topic areas such as cancer, climate change, biosciences and information...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,482
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (303) 492-1411

Programs Offered

  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Molecular Biology (B,M,D)
  • Physiology (B,M,D)

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

The University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson was the first university to be established in the state of Arizona, in 1885. The three campuses stretch over 387 acres and constitute the oldest continually maintained 'green space' in this otherwise desert region. The...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,035
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (520) 621-2211

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (B,M,D)

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

About The University of California – Los Angeles, located in Los Angeles, California was founded in 1882 as the southern campus of the California State Normal School, originally located in what is now the Downtown Central...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,692
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (310) 825-4321

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Biophysics (B,M,D)
  • Molecular Biology (B,M,D)

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

Originally established in Detroit in 1817, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is Michigan state's oldest public university. It serves as the main campus for the University of Michigan, with regional campuses located in Dearborn and Flint. There are over 9,000 faculty members in...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,994
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (734) 764-1817

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Biophysics (B,M,D)
  • Molecular Biology (B,M,D)

University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is the top-ranking public research university in New England, and is considered one of the best universities in the nation. UConn offers undergraduate degrees in more than 100 majors, graduate degrees in 86 areas of research and...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $11,242
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (860) 486-2000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Biomedical Science (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Biophysics (B)

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. One of the top "Ivy League" universities, Harvard's reputation was built on its liberal arts curriculum, particularly at the undergraduate level, and has always boasted an...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $39,966
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (617) 495-1000

Programs Offered

  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Biophysics (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (B,M,D)
  • Cell Biology and Histology (B,M,D)

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is a public research university that is a world leader in education, research and medical healthcare. When it was founded in 1876 by benefactor Johns Hopkins, it was divided into the university and a separate hospital - The Johns Hopkins...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $43,390
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (410) 516-8000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M)
  • Biomedical Science (B,M)
  • Biochemistry (B,M)
  • Biophysics (B,M)

Missouri State University

Springfield, MO

Missouri State University (MSU) is a public university with its main campus located in Springfield, Missouri. Missouri State has three additional campuses located in West Plains, Mo., Mountain Grove, Mo., and Dalian, China. Missouri State University is one of 13...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,792
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (417) 836-5000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M)
  • Molecular Biology (B,M)

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania ("Penn") is recognized as America's first university. It is an urban university, internationally recognized as a great institution of higher learning and research. It is home to the nation's first medical school, and the center of technological...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $43,738
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (215) 898-5000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (M,D)
  • Biomedical Science (M,D)
  • Biochemistry (M,D)
  • Biophysics (M,D)

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY

Columbia University in the City of New York is a private research university in Manhattan, New York. Columbia University is the fifth oldest institute of higher learning in the U.S., founded before the American Revolution, and is an "Ivy League" university. A member of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $47,246
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (212) 854-1754

Programs Offered

  • Biology (M,D)
  • Biochemistry (M,D)
  • Biophysics (M,D)
  • Anatomy (M,D)

University of Washington - Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA

Known as the largest college in the northwestern region of the United States, the University of Washington is comprised of three campuses, the largest being UW in Seattle. It was founded in 1861 and now belongs among the top universities in the world. UW is also recognized as a...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,383
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (206) 543-2100

Programs Offered

  • Biology (M,D)
  • Biochemistry (M,D)
  • Botany (M,D)
  • Molecular Biology (M,D)

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, TX

About The University of Texas at Dallas, located in Richardson, Texas, was founded in 1969 through the donation of their research arm by Texas Instruments. The school was admitted as a member of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,666
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (972) 883-2111

Programs Offered

  • Biology (M,D)
  • Biomedical Science (M,D)
  • Biochemistry (M,D)
  • Molecular Biology (M,D)

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX

Texas A & M University is an international island university located in Corpus Christi, Texas. It is surrounded by natural wetlands, which provide a perfect laboratory for environmental and marine...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,506
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (979) 845-3211

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Biomedical Science (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Plant Pathology, Phytopathology (B)

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Located in Houston, Texas, Baylor College of Medicine is a nonprofit private graduate level school. The yearly enrollment for the school is approximately 1,500 students. Baylor College of Medicine is a greatly respected medical and healthcare school and is fully accredited by the Southern...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (713) 798-4951

Programs Offered

  • Biochemistry (M,D)
  • Structural Biology (M,D)
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (M,D)
  • Developmental Biology and Embryology (M,D)

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX

The University of Texas at Austin is a flagship institution within the University of Texas System. This pubic research university is located in Austin, Texas, about one mile from the State...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,790
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (512) 471-3434

Programs Offered

  • Biology (M,D)
  • Biochemistry (M,D)
  • Botany (M,D)
  • Molecular Biology (M,D)

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

University of Puget Sound is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and assists students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $40,250
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (253) 879-3100

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Molecular Biology (B)

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts - Amherst (UMass Amherst) is an institute of research and higher learning that is situated on a 1,450-acre campus in Western Massachusetts.  It is 90 miles from Boston. More than 80 areas of academic study are available, many of them in...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,415
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (413) 545-0111

Programs Offered

  • Biology (M,D)
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (M,D)
  • Botany (M,D)
  • Molecular Biology (M,D)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.