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Cell and Molecular Biology for Health Careers

Undergraduate Certificate


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 12
Cost Per Credit: $525
University of Arizona Biology Building

College of Science

Program Details

The Undergraduate Certificate in Cell and Molecular Biology for Health Careers will build a strong foundation in the basic science needed to pursue a career in biomedicine or health care. If you are a non-degree-seeking student or an undergraduate looking to supplement your major coursework with additional courses in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry or genetics, this undergraduate certificate may be right for you. 

Courses in this program meet the upper-division biology elective requirements for admission to some professional and graduate schools. If you are preparing for professional education including medical, optometry or pharmacy school, the coursework for this certificate will cover many of the required prerequisites.

Knowing which certificate electives fulfill the requirements for specific graduate or professional programs is very important. We strongly encourage you to fill out the Request for Information form at the top of this page to speak with an enrollment counselor that can advise you in the process. We also suggest that you check the policies of specific post-graduate programs you may want to attend to ensure they accept online courses to fulfill their requirements.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


This 12-credit certificate consists of two required courses (MCB 410 and MCB 411). The elective curriculum for the certificate also includes:

MCB 410: Cell Biology
MCB 411: Molecular Biology
BIOC 385: Metabolic Biochemistry
ECOL 320: Genetics
ECOL 409: Evolution of Infectious Disease
PSIO 380: Fundamentals of Human Physiology
MCB 404: Bioethics
ECOL 326: Genomics



Earning your Undergraduate Certificate in Cell and Molecular Biology for Health Careers will build core skills, including:

  • Analyzing experimental data
  • Molecular problems in biomedicine
  • Problem solving
  • Communicating science to audiences
  • Communication
  • Self-directed learning
  • Cellular biology problems in biomedicine

Graduates of the Undergraduate Certificate in Cell and Molecular Biology for Health Careers program will be prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Biomedical research
  • Clinical research
  • Biotechnology
  • Health care
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Academic research
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Science education
  • Science communication
  • Public health
  • Forensics
  • Law