MCB Concentration Requirements

The MCB concentration requirements are summarized in the table below.  The complete listing of requirements is published in the Student Handbook.



Foundational courses
2 half courses

LS 1a (or LPS A) and LS 1b

Intermediate biology
2 half courses

MCB 60 and either MCB 63, 64, 65 or 68

Upper level biology
2 half courses

2 courses, at least one of which must be an MCB 100-level course.  
A full list of courses that fulfill this requirement is posted here

1 General chemistry
1 Organic chemistry

General chemistry:  PS1, PS10, PS11, or Chem 40
Organic chemistry:  Chem 17 or Chem 20

Math and computation
1 or 2 half-courses

Math 19a (or higher)
Statistics 110 or Statistics 111


Math 1b
Math 19a or Statistics 102 or CS50 (or higher)

1 half course in mechanics

PS2, PS12a, Physics 15a or 16, or Applied Physics 50a

1 half course in electricity and magnetism

PS3, PS12b, Physics 15b or Applied Physics 50b

1 semester

At least one chosen from: LS 100r, MCB 91r, MCB 99, or approved summer research experience.  
For more information on getting started in research, click here.  For a list of MCB faculty and their research interests, click here


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1+ Advanced*
1+ Organic Chemistry

1 additional course from the list posted here*
1 additional organic chemistry (Chem 27 or 30)
Thesis: Required for highest honors eligibility

 *One semester of MCB 99 (thesis research) counts as one of the 3 advanced courses required for honors eligibility.