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Cell and Molecular Biology, B.S.

The Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) degree is for students with a passion for the life sciences who want to receive research experience as an undergraduate, and who wish to distinguish themselves when applying for employment in their field or for graduate/professional training. CMB is focused on determining how cells develop and function as well as the application of this knowledge in fields such as biotechnology, pharmacology, and biomedicine.

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Program Overview

  • The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in CMB consists of a series of high-impact laboratory and computational courses as well as a research project which prepare students for employment or graduate training in the life sciences and professional (eg. medical, dental) schools.
  • The combined degree program (B.S./M.S.) offers qualified undergraduates the option to earn a B.S. and an M.S. in an accelerated time frame. Students admitted to this program may take graduate courses after completing 90 undergraduate credits, and up to 12 credits of graduate work may be used in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the undergraduate degree.

Why Study CMB at Grand Valley?

  • The CMB graduating class is consistently ranked in the top 10% of life science programs in the country by the Educational Testing Service.
  • Employers and medical school officials agree that a significant research experience is one of the most important considerations for hiring in the life sciences or admission to medical school  our degree uniquely incorporates this experience into the curriculum.
  • Located in a region quickly developing into an important center for biotechnology research, industry, and education.
  • Students may take advantage of our location as well as our institutional and personal ties to area research labs while they fulfill the research component of their degree.
  • Rewarding internships are available at the Van Andel Research Institute, Walter's Greenhouses, area hospitals, biotech start-ups, and other area organizations.
  • Faculty members are actively engaged in research, much of it carried out with students.
  • Students use state-of-the-art research equipment.

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For More Information

Cell and Molecular Biology
3300A Kindschi Hall of Science
(616) 331-2315

Admissions Office

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format: Face To Face


Students study a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Career Options

CMB prepares students for careers in:

  • Biotechnology
  • Higher education
  • Forensics
  • Agriculture
  • Intellectual property law
  • Life science research
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals


“During my freshman and sophomore years, the faculty members were especially supportive. They helped guide me through, especially in picking and scheduling classes.”