Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Cell Biology

Genetics and cell biology students study the science of heredity and the structure and function of living cells.

Our majors prepare for many careers in the life sciences, including technical positions in pharmaceutical, food, and biotechnology industries; private or governmental laboratories; and nonprofit institutions, such as clinical and hospital laboratories or institutes that focus on research.

Graduates can also pursue professional degrees in human medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and other fields. Advanced degrees can lead to work teaching at the college level or conducting basic or applied research in the government, higher education, or private industry.

Undergraduate degree quick links

Genetics and cell biology major specialization track and minor

  • Pre-medicine track – Prepare for medical school and other health care fields, including optometry, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, or physical/occupational therapy.
  • Pre-genetic counseling minor – The minor prepares students to apply to the top certified genetic counseling programs in the country.

“I took a Cellular Biology and Genetics class at my community college and I had learned that genetics in particular was a very new field. I also loved learning about how genes make up a person and I wanted to learn more about them.

Francesca Tedeschi, genetics and cell biology student

Tuition and financial resources

We know financial planning is important. Learn about estimated annual cost of attendance for resident and nonresident students, and available financial aid and scholarships.

If you’re a current undergraduate student, log in to the college’s internal web to see additional available financial resources.


About the school

The School of Molecular Biosciences offers undergraduate through postdoctoral education in biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, and microbiology. Beginning their first year, students have the opportunity to work with leading faculty to gain hands-on research experience.


Questions about the Genetics and Cell Biology degree program? Email smbugrad@vetmed.wsu.edu

Pullman, Washington

Pullman is located in the Palouse region of the Inland Northwest, homelands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people. The Palouse has one of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the world. Rolling hills and wide-open skies give the region its distinctive appeal.

Residents enjoy outdoor activities and the benefits of small town living with the cultural richness of bigger city life.

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