Undergraduate Studies

Genetics & Cell Biology Degree Program

Genetics & Cell Biology Degree Program

Genetics and Cell Biology are interdisciplinary sciences that are fundamental to all fields of modern biology. The program affords students the opportunity to study with scientists who represent a wide range of research interests in plant, animal, and microbial genetics and cell biology. Undergraduates who major in genetics and cell biology will be well prepared to work as high-level technicians in the biotechnology industry or in university and government laboratories. An undergraduate degree also prepares students for entry into professional schools related to medicine as well as into graduate school programs leading to the Master's and PhD degrees in a variety of areas in agriculture and basic science. Students who receive Master's and PhD degrees obtain positions in basic and applied genetics at universities, federal departments and laboratories, private industry, including biotechnology and plant and animal breeding, and in specialized medical research.

Suggested Schedule of Studies

The links below will refer you to suggested course schedules for the Genetics and Cell Biology Degree option. A grade of C or better is required in all MBioS courses taken to meet graduation requirements. None of these courses may be taken pass/fail.

Genetics and Cell Biology UCORE Fall 2015

BS + PSM (Professional Science Master’s Degree)

The School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB) offers a combined  BS+PSM program that will allow high achieving WSU undergraduate students to earn a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Genetics & Cell Biology, and a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in five years (in the BS + PSM program).  For further information, visit the  BS+PSM website.

Student Learning Goals in Genetics and Cell Biology

At the completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics and Cell Biology a graduate will have acquired:

  1. An understanding of the major concepts in the molecular biosciences and an awareness of how these concepts are integrated from the molecular through the organismal level.
  2. The necessary critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills, and the ability to apply those skills, to identify and solve biological problems at the cellular, molecular, and structural levels.
  3. The skills necessary to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, key scientific findings in the molecular biosciences to lay and professional audiences.
  4. The scientific literacy necessary to become an informed citizen of a diverse, ever changing, global society, and to engage in a lifetime of scientific learning.
  5. The relevant ethics education and exposure necessary to encourage the highest levels of professionalism and humanism.

Student Learning Outcomes in Genetics and Cell Biology

Before Graduating with a degree from SMB, a student will:


  1. Be competitive for professional and graduate studies and/or employment


  1. Identify the modern foundational knowledge underlying Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology.
  2. Recognize relevant ethical concepts related to scientific publication and research conduct.


  1. Perform basic laboratory techniques used in molecular bioscience research (e.g. light microscopy, gel electrophoresis, PCR, protein analysis).
  2. Design, perform, and quantitatively/qualitatively evaluate the results of laboratory experiments.
  3. Locate, retrieve, and evaluate scientific information, especially including primary literature, with regards to its adequacy, value, and logic.
  4. Prepare oral and written reports in standard scientific formats.


  1. Decide that studying the molecular biosciences is rewarding and relevant to everyday life experiences.
  2. Appreciate the importance of the ethical implications of scientific issues in society.

Honors Students

Honors students complete Honors Requirements in place of General Education Requirements.

For more information on Academic Program:

Email: smbugrad@vetmed.wsu.edu
Phone Number: 509-335-1276
Office: Biotechnology/Life Sciences 102

Washington State University