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What will I learn?

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When you understand the functions of living organisms, you have the ability to know how every element of life operates within them, right down to the molecule.

As a biology: cellular, molecular, and biomedical science major, you will explore molecular interactions that both drive and regulate cellular and physiological processes. As you work to gain understanding of biological concepts, you will have the opportunity to take part in research projects and learn the latest techniques in the laboratory.

CMU's cellular, molecular, and biomedical science major is a pivotal launch pad for success in graduate school. Both bachelor and graduate degrees will help you forge a career path in biology you're excited about and ready for.

Biology Major: Biomedical, Cellular, and Molecular Concentration

The Biology Major will prepare students for graduate programs, pre-professional programs, certificate programs, and careers in diverse biological disciplines. Experiences in the program will strengthen skills in teamwork, inquiry and analysis, oral and written communication , problem solving, ethical reasoning, critical and creative thinking, and quantitative and information literacy. Biology students have the opportunity to perform one-on-one research with Biology faculty members and often present their work at local, regional, national, or international venues. To support student success, the Biology department offers numerous scholarship opportunities, granting greater than $60K in awards annually. Biology students are part of a learning community that includes local networking opportunities (registered student organizations and clubs), state and regional collaborations and partnerships (e.g., government agencies, tribal organizations), and global experiences (study abroad opportunities). The Biomedical, Cellular, and Molecular (BCM) Concentration will prepare students for graduate programs (MS or PhD), health professions programs , and careers in laboratory or research-based settings with universities , state or national science-based agencies, and pharmaceutical or industrial companies. The courses that comprise the BCM concentration prepare students to be competitive applicants for the following professional programs: - medical school (MD and DO) - physician assistant (PA) - dental school (DDS) - veterinary medicine (DVM) - pharmacy (PharmD) - optometry (OD) - physical therapy (DPT) - occupational therapy (OTD) - podiatric school (DPM) - chiropractic school (DC) - other health care careers Students can explore areas in biomedicine, physiology, public health, microbiology, genetics, and cellular, molecular, and developmental biology. In addition to fundamental laboratory skills, students have the opportunity to learn advanced techniques including molecular cloning, protein and nucleic acid analysis, cell culture, and genomic analysis. Extensive hands-on learning opportunities, supported by state-of-the art teaching and research laboratories, will empower students to apply their undergraduate education for employment or graduate/professional training.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,936.00 per year
Lower Level Tuition (less than 56 credits): USD $18,936 Per Year (24 credits); Upper Level Tuition (56 credits or more): USD $19,560 Per Year (24 credits)
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

29 August 2022


Central Michigan University

1200 S Franklin St,



48859, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have attended all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

For international students

Students are required to complete all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

They must demonstrate a proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 79 IBT)
  • International English Language Testing System (minimum score of 6.5)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score of 77)
  • Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 53)
  • ELS Language Center Program: Completion of Level 112

Students competing in intercollegiate athletics must submit a qualifying ACT or SAT score to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Apply by May 15 if you are beginning classes in the fall semester. Apply by October 1 to begin classes in the spring semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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