Undergraduate Program

MCDB is proud to announce the Class of 2020 Prize Winners! [Listed in Alphabetical order.]

William R. Belknap Prize  “for academic excellence in Biology”.   WILLIAM R. BELKNAP (1872). William R. Belknap, Ph.D. 1869. Two awards in the natural history studies of senior year: one for excellence in biological studies, one for excellence in geological studies.

            Nancy Lu

            Alon Millet

            Yifei Shen

Edgar J. Boell Prize  “for excellence in senior research”.  EDGAR J. BOELL PRIZE (1975). Colleagues, students and friends of Professor Boell.  Awarded annually to a senior for excellence in biology.

            Jessica Asiedu   – Lab of Joshua Gendron

            Jackson Burton  – Lab of Elizabeth Jonas

            Krista Chen        – Lab of Sidi Chen

           Josefina Mendez – Lab of Yannick Jacob

            Diana Ruiz         – Lab of Jonathan Bogan

            Alice Tao           – Lab of David Breslow

            Tevis Vitale        – Lab of Shirin Bahmanyar

Congratulations to all of our MCDB Prize Winners!

“Given the unusual circumstances created by efforts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we will allow courses taken this term (Spring 2020) in the form of Pass/Fail or Credit/D/Fail to be used to satisfy relevant requirements for the MCDB major.” - Douglas Kankel, MCDB DUS  (3/20/2020)

The Undergraduate Major in MCDB

The science of biology is diverse, ranging across the domains of molecules, cells, tissues and organs, organisms, and ecosystems. Moreover, biology explores questions of evolutionary history and the processes of evolutionary change as well as the mechanisms by which cells, organisms, and ecosystems function. Students majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology receive a thorough yet varied liberal education and preparation for professional careers in a diverse array of fields. Practical applications of biology include the development of biologicals and pharmaceuticals, the practice of medicine, and pursuit of the scientific bases for understanding the development and function of biological systems.

Major Overview:

The programs in the MCDB major are designed to enhance a liberal arts education as well as offer excellent preparation for professional and graduate study in the biological sciences and in medicine and other health-related fields. These diagrams provide an overview of the major.


Class of 2021 and Beyond

For further information, contact:

Professor Valerie Horsley
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Professor Damon Clark
Director of Undergraduate Studies for Neuroscience
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Crystal Adamchek
Undergraduate Registrar
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

If you would like to be added to the MCDB Undergraduate email list please email mcdb.ureg@yale.edu.