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Biology: Cellular/Molecular

Why Major in Biology: Cellular/Molecular?

Comprehensive biology majors emphasizing in cellular and molecular biology at Northwest study the most fundamental aspects of life. Faculty focus on topics such as gene expression, or how genes are turned on and off to respond to environmental stimuli; cellular metabolism, which is the sum of biochemical reactions inside the cell that build up and breakdown the molecules of life; and replication, which is the process organisms use to make copies of genetic material and pass them to future generations. This major is designed for students who want to pursue careers in biotechnology or biomedical research.

This major does not require a minor.

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Career Opportunities

placement rate

100% of students who graduate with a comprehensive degree in biology obtain employment or continue their education within six months after graduation. Jobs related to this major include:

  • Bench Scientist
  • Industrial Biotechnologist
  • Stem Cell Researcher
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Government Agencies (EPA, FDA, CDC and USDA)
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Research Technician

*Based on self-reported data.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Hubbard Center

Northwest’s award-winning Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation has more than $3 million invested in equipping its lab with state-of-the-art instruments that undergraduate students use regularly. 

Garrett-Strong Science Building offers 26 labs where students gain profession-based experience on campus. The building is the home to the synthetic cadaver, aquarium, two museums and living animals that include a hedgehog, rats, iguanas and others kept in labs.


Although internships are not required, they are highly encouraged to prepare students for future careers.

QuoteAshley BlanchardMy summer research took place on the Northwest Campus at Garrett-Strong. We were working to determine which combination of drugs affect urine output of hypertensive or normotensive rats on varied diets. By understanding complex physiological processes and running confocal microscopy, we can determine ratios of certain receptors on specific areas of organs. We hope that the research findings will see clinical trials, and help develop new and more affective medication for hypertensive patients.Quote

Ashley Blanchard
Kansas City, Mo.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.

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The Northwest Difference

The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and 2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.

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Nearly $22 Million in scholarships and grants awarded annually.

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Graduation Rate: 90th percentile

Graduation Rate: 90th percentile of Northwest's national peer group.