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Photo of a GVSU student in the Kindschi Hall of Science laboratory. Photo taken pre-COVID.

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 gain extensive research experience as an undergraduate. CMB focuses on determining how cells develop and function, and how biomolecules, such as DNA, RNA and proteins, interact under normal and pathological conditions. CMB also explores the applications of this knowledge in fields such as biotechnology, medicine/pharmacology, and genomics.

West Michigan Job Growth

Cell and molecular biology opportunities are projected to grow 6% in West Michigan by 2025.

Rewarding Internships Opportunities

Internships are available through various local organizations, including the Van Andel Research Institute, the Karmanos Cancer Institute, area hospitals, and biotech start-ups.

Michigan Job Growth

Cell and molecular biology opportunities are projected to grow 6% in Michigan by 2025.

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in CMB consists of a series of high impact laboratory and computational courses. Each student has the opportunity to choose an independent research project to study a variety of cell and molecular processes that are relevant to human disease or agriculture. Together, coursework and research prepare CMB students to enter the workforce in fields such as forensics or biotechnology or to pursue graduate training in the life sciences or professional school programs (e.g. medical, dental, or genetic counseling).

The CMB department also offers a minor in CMB, a combined degree program (B.S./M.S.) and undergraduate and graduate certificates in bioinformatics and genomics.

Why Study CMB at Grand Valley?

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