Cell and Molecular Biology, minor

Program Overview

Are you naturally curious about life and enjoy problem solving? Do you take notice of the way things work, down to the smallest detail? Does exploring the molecular structure, function, and development of living organisms sound interesting? If so, adding a minor in cell and molecular biology to your undergraduate degree could be a great option to consider.

This minor through PLNU's Department of Biology offers an in-depth study into the mechanisms that are involved in life's basic biological processes. Classes in the cell and molecular biology minor cover a range of specialized disciplines for you to engage in, such as biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, and immunology. You will be part of dynamic discussions and projects that work to apply what you are learning into making more informed decisions around healthcare, the environment, biotechnology, research, and more.

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You will also be able to work side-by-side with passionate and knowledgeable professors within classroom labs and field experiences. Other unique hands-on learning opportunities can be found in student-led science clubs, faculty-assisted research projects, and internships with local organizations. You'll also have access to sophisticated instrumentation and computational resources for use in courses and labs, all housed within our new state-of-the-art science center. 

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Every professor knew me by my first name. They were concerned about my progress as a student. They gave me a lot of help with my studies when I needed it. A B.A. in Biology helped me get my job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ronald Clagett, Class of 1995
Agriculture Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Career Opportunities

A minor in cell and molecular biology from PLNU can be a valuable tool when paired alongside a related bachelor's degree. Having advanced knowledge of the most fundamental components of all living things will be a valuable asset to you in graduate studies as well as career fields like education, medicine, biotechnology, genetics, botany, and many more. PLNU alumni are also sought after for the ways they are able to confidently integrate and apply their faith, knowledge, and skill set into their work.

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Jordann Phillips

I still cry when I think about those kids in Ghana – when I shuffle through their pictures or read the letters they wrote me on the day I left. I was told before I arrived that the kids would steal a part of my heart; I didn’t realize how large that portion would be. I must thank God, though, that my heart was given to such beautiful souls for safe-keeping. These kids opened their arms to my broken self, taking in every inch of my broken heart, and they loved me. I mean, truly loved me.

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Students who minor in cell and molecular biology often pursue careers as:

  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Biology Teachers
  • Science Writers
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