The department offers a minor in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. Declaration of the minor is open to any student enrolled at CU Boulder, regardless of college or school.


Students must complete a total of 20 credit hours of molecular, celular and developmental biology coursework, 12 of which must be at the upper-division level. Students must maintain an overall and minor GPA of at least 2.00 (C), and complete all MCDB courses with a C- or better.

Students may apply no more than 9 credit hours, including 6 upper-division credit hours, of transfer work toward the minor.

Required Courses and Credits

Required Courses
MCDB 1150Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology3
or MCDB 1111 Core Concepts in Biology I: Evolutionary, Molecular and Cell Biology
or EBIO 1210 General Biology 1
or CHEN 2810
MCDB 2150Principles of Genetics3
or MCDB 2222 Core Concepts in Biology II: Genes, Genetics and Phenotypes
or EBIO 2070 Genetics: Molecules to Populations
MCDB 1161From Dirt to DNA: Phage Genomics Laboratory I2
or MCDB 1171 Antibiotics Discovery Through Hands-on Screens I
or MCDB 2171 Chemotherapeutic Discovery Through Hands-On Screens 2
or MCDB 1181 Biological Probiotic/Drug Discovery Through Hands-on Screens
MCDB 3135Molecular Biology3
MCDB 3145Cell Biology3
Upper-division MCDB coursework (3000-level or higher)6
Total Credit Hours20