The science of biology is extremely broad, 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 topics studied in the major include the development of biologicals and pharmaceuticals, the practice of medicine, and a pursuit of the scientific bases for understanding the development and function of biological systems.
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) offers programs for students wishing to concentrate on molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, and their applications to problems in cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, and various aspects of computational and quantitative biology. Interdisciplinary opportunities are available within the major in the biotechnology, neurobiology and quantitative biology tracks.
The MCDB major offers many opportunities for independent laboratory research. With approval from the DUS, research can be conducted under the supervision of faculty members
The teaching and research facilities in biology are primarily distributed in the new Yale Science Building, Yale West Campus and the SCL teaching laboratory facilities. There are about 30 faculty members, 60 postdoctoral fellows, 70 graduate students and approximately 300 undergraduate students that work and study in these buildings. The quality and breadth of expertise in this biological community has made Yale a premier center for both students and