What is a Major in Cell and Development Biology?
Major, General, and Career Information
The major exposes students to sophisticated techniques and equipment that emphasize the experimental nature of cell and developmental biology through "hands-on" experience and laboratory work to augment the classroom experience. Independent research is encouraged and undergraduates are invited to participate in ongoing research seminars. UCSB's Special Programs Office sponsors a variety of fellowships and awards that fund undergraduate research projects.
The major is excellent preparation for graduate training (Master's and Ph.D. degree programs) in a wide range of molecular, cellular and developmental biology disciplines. The course requirements for the major satisfy most graduate program requirements and students are well-prepared in both coursework, understanding and practical experience.
The laboratory work combined with the practical approach in the classroom are advantages to students interested in research careers, for example in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors of the marketplace. The BS degree in cell and developmental biology is excellent preparation for a career combining science and law such as forensics.
The cell and developmental biology major also is excellent preparation for medical, dental, pharmacy or veterinary school. These professional programs demand a basic understanding in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. Students interested in the health sciences and related professions can take advantage of the University's excellent health science advisory system located in Cheadle Hall. They can seek advice and support from the beginning of their studies in biology to their entrance into health sciences graduate programs and professional schools.
Students interested in teaching biological sciences and/or conducting research at the university level should plan to complete the Ph.D. degree. Students interested in teaching at the community college level should pursue graduate work at least through the Master's degree. Secondary school teaching requires the California single subject teaching credential; students considering this last option should discuss their plans with the credential advisor in UCSB's Graduate School of Education early in their academic careers.
Resources and Professional Associations
The American Institute of Biological Sciences
The American Institute of Biological Sciences is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific association dedicated to advancing biological research and education for the welfare of society.
Cellular & Molecular Biology Online
Lists common professional organizations for cell and molecular biologists. Most society web sites provide information about associated publications, meetings, membership and careers.
Society for Developmental Biology
The Society for Developmental Biology is dedicated to the advancement of research and education in developmental biology as well as providing resources and information about careers in the field.
American Institute of Biological Sciences
The American Institute of Biological Sciences is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific association dedicated to advancing biological research and education for the welfare of society