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Cellular Biology - B.S.

About this Degree

The Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology is a liberal arts degree. Although it is not a preprofessional program, the major in Cellular Biology is often chosen by students who wish to prepare themselves for professional studies in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, or optometry, as well as by those who intend to pursue graduate studies leading to an M.S. or Ph.D. Cellular Biology is a young discipline in biological sciences and encompasses many of the recent dramatic discoveries relating to the mechanisms of cell life, developmental biology, and immunology. In addition, cellular biology relates to the understanding of the position of protists among living organisms, the relationships between parasites and host animals, and the mechanistic understanding of organismic animal function. Accordingly, the major requires a core of cell and developmental biology, genetics, biochemistry, and practical laboratory experience; beyond this core, electives are available that explore the wider aspects of the subject.

What you will learn

The major is built on a curriculum of didactic and laboratory classes. These courses provide a solid grounding in general molecular biology as well as deeper insights into cell and developmental biology, infection and immunity, and the molecular mechanisms of disease. Rooted in basic science Cellular Biology classes often explore important new discoveries and concepts in medicine, biotechnology and veterinary sciences. Classes are taught by experienced professors who are leaders in their area of research. Cellular Biology faculty enjoy the interaction with their students and try to bring the excitement of modern biology into the classroom.

Grace Thomas Award

Dr. Grace Thomas, during her long service to the University of Georgia, placed the education and welfare of undergraduates above her many other duties and responsibilities to the benefit of students and also the department as a whole. The Grace Thomas Award was created to acknowledge Dr. Thomas' efforts by recognizing annually the accomplishments of an outstanding undergraduate in what is now the department of Cellular Biology. The recipient of the award is expected to have excelled in several areas associated within the discipline, including classroom, seminar, and research performance.

More Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards

A bachelor’s degree in Cellular Biology prepares students for entry into graduate programs in cell and molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry as well as other areas of modern biology. Cellular Biology majors are also well prepared to enter medical, veterinary, or pharmacy school. Other students may enter a professional career immediately after graduation working as laboratory technicians in the biotechnology industry or in Academia. In addition, other Cellular Biology graduates may pursue careers in teaching, forensic biology, technical writing, sales, or product development for the pharmaceutical industry. Whatever their choices may be, our majors are highly competitive candidates for excellent jobs and advanced training (in particular those who took advantage of research opportunities). Graduates from this program routinely are recruited to the very best graduate and medical school programs in the country.

Recent Employers

Emory University Hospital Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
BioLab Dept of Natural Resources
EPA Medical Laboratories
Biotechnology Firms Diagnostic testing companies
Food and Drug Administration Merieux Laboratories Inc.
CDCGA Bureau of Investigation National Institute of Health
Center of Limnology Neural Signals, Inc.
Cryolife New England Medical Center
Joseph W Jones Ecological Ocean Aquariums
on American Inc. Pharmaceutical companies
General Research Information:

Information about future research projects for this department can be found here

  • Cells and Disease
  • Cells in Development
  • Cells in Infection and Immunity
  • Cell Structure and Function

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