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Biology, BS - Area 5: Biomedical/Cellular and Molecular Biology

Biomedical, Cellular and Molecular Biology

Explore the exciting possibilities of human medical research at the University of Central Missouri. The UCM Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a focus on Biomedical/Cellular and Molecular Biology, develops the skill sets required to work as an entry-level scientist or apply to grad school.

Molecular biology can be defined as a scientific field on the forefront of discoveries about health and disease. Molecular Biology majors at UCM study the basis for life — genes and proteins — and gain new insights into these interconnected relationships. In our fully renovated facilities on the Warrensburg campus, you’ll learn a combination of well-established scientific research techniques and innovative new technologies.

Molecular biology jobs are diverse

Your Molecular Biology studies prepare you for a rewarding career and a competitive molecular biology salary.

With a Biology BS from UCM, you’ll be trained to work in any lab setting. Your ongoing interactions with Ph.D.-level faculty in their areas of specialization will develop your skills in grant writing, conducting research and making presentations.

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Dr. Scott Lankford
Chair, School of Natural Sciences
W.C. Morris Science Building, Room 306A
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-4933

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Department of Biological and Clinical Sciences

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Labs conducted by faculty, not GAs

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High-tech labs, renovated facilities

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Multiple undergrad research projects

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Small classes, close faculty connections

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Research funding opportunities available

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What you will study

A bachelor’s in Molecular and Cellular Biology degree from UCM provides you with an understanding of the life sciences from the inside out, including the cellular and molecular processes involved in health and disease.

You’ll study fascinating living organisms to learn about cellular and molecular processes, organismal physiology and morphology, genetics, natural history, evolution and more.

As you deepen your Molecular Biology studies, you can concentrate on plant or animal model systems and choose among several elective courses such as:

Plant Breeding and Genetics
Wildlife Diseases

The definition of molecular biology is based on curiosity about new discoveries. As you master scientific methods used in the lab, you’ll discover how disease affects cells, tissues, organs and the body as a whole. Rather than assign lab supervision to GAs, UCM Ph.D.-level faculty work directly with you to reinforce classroom learning.


Excellence in Biology

  • Best Value College for Biological & Biomedical Sciences (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in biomedical, cellular and molecular biology studies

You’ll learn a range of industry-standard scientific methods, data analysis techniques and presentation skills. Our strong emphasis on lab-based research reinforces the classroom material in your Molecular Biology studies:

  • Lab skills: Focus on the scientific analysis and technology tools needed to work in lab settings. You’ll master essential lab skills, conduct collaborative student-centered projects and gain real-world experience in our fully renovated molecular/cellular research lab, wildlife biology research lab and wildlife disease lab. Working in student teams, you’ll troubleshoot research protocols, use cutting-edge molecular research equipment and analyze real molecular data.
  • Field work: UCM’s 300-acre Pertle Springs Nature Preserve, our 3,000-sq-ft aquatic and animal research center and our greenhouse offer ample opportunities to conduct research and apply classroom learning to real-life scenarios in the field.
  • Undergraduate research: You’ll have multiple opportunities to get real experience in labs and through undergraduate research projects. This hands-on work will help build your career in molecular biology and define your strengths, interests and readiness for molecular biology jobs or graduate studies.
  • Career guidance: The UCM Biology faculty have industry connections and work experience to help you decide which molecular biology jobs appeal to you the most. Internships in the public and private sectors and participation in campus chapters of national organizations — such as Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honors Society, American Medical Student Association, Paramedico, National Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Association — help you build solid networks for career advancement and pave the way to earning a higher molecular biology salary.


What can you do with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UCM?

Molecular Biology studies lead to innovations in science and medicine. With a Biology BS degree from UCM, you’ll be prepared for molecular biology jobs in critical health care, agribusiness, forensics and biochemical engineering, toxicology, nutrition, pharmaceuticals and technology fields.

You could work on research or quality control in a lab. If you want to earn a molecular biology salary at a job in government or industry, your Molecular Biology studies can guide product safety and policy development. Teaching, scientific writing or applying to medical school offer more options to Molecular Biology majors. 

Molecular biology jobs span the spectrum

Whether you enter grad school or work as an entry-level scientist, the expanding field of molecular and cellular biology continues to develop technologies, particularly in genetics.

Use the interactive tool below to explore potential salaries and career pathways with a Biomedical, Cellular and Molecular BS from the University of Central Missouri.




Financial assistance options for your Biomedical, Cellular and Molecular Biology studies

As an undergraduate Biology student at the University of Central Missouri, you may be eligible for university scholarships, awards and other resources that can help you finance your college education.

Beyond that, many scholarships are available exclusively to Biology majors, including those in Cellular and Molecular Biology studies:

  • Carlos Kays Biology and Earth Science Scholarship
  • Dr. Sam P. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. John Beishe Biology Scholarship
  • Ardyth C. Boucher Scholarship

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.


Funding for undergraduate research

Three distinct funding sources are available for Biology BS students, including Molecular Biology majors, who want targeted exposure to research techniques, grant writing and presentation skills. If you want to conduct your own faculty-approved research projects and need funding for supplies and travel expenses, you may be eligible for these UCM-sponsored programs:



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Take your degree further.

Stay at UCM for a master’s degree to position yourself to earn a higher molecular biology salary:

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Make yourself more marketable.

You could pursue specialized classes or training in these related fields to enhance your competitiveness in the job market:

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Explore programs related to biomedical, cellular and molecular biology.

If the inner workings of plant and animal systems intrigue you, consider these fields related to Cellular and Molecular Biology studies:


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