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In this electron micrograph, a human white blood cell is trapping bacterial cells. This type of cell defends the body against pathogens by engulfing them, delivering them to the lysosome of the cells, and destroying them with the help of the lysosomal enzyme
Got Defense? In this electron micrograph, a human white blood cell is trapping bacterial cells. This type of cell defends the body against pathogens by engulfing them, delivering them to the lysosome of the cells, and destroying them with the help of the lysosomal enzymes.

The CSULB Department of Biological Sciences is a great place to pursue cell and molecular biology!

We offer an Option in Cell and Molecular Biology for undergraduates which prepares students for graduate or professional health degrees as well as direct entry into biotech or biomedical industries. We also offer a Masters in Biology which requires thesis research and allows for individually designed programs of study including coursework from other departments such as Biochemistry or Business. 

At CSULB, students come first! You will receive excellent broad training in sciences as well as specialized training in cell and molecular biology from microbes to mammals. All of the faculty contributing to the cell and molecular training in our department have active research laboratories. Research program areas include immunology, muscle and reproductive physiology, neurobiology, cell and molecular biology of organelles, bacterial physiology, virology, and developmental biology. Research approaches include biochemical, cellular, molecular, bioinformatic, genomic and proteomic techniques. We are housed in the new Molecular and Life Sciences Center building and the Microbiology building, with state of the art instrumentation. Scanning and Transmission electron microscopes, a confocal microscope, several fluorescent microscopes, mass spectometers, genomic and proteomic analyses instrumentation, and digital imaging are few of the major equipment that our faculty and students use in courses and research. Our close proximity to UCLA, UC Irvine and USC foster continuous collaborations.

Future career/training directions after completing a B.S. in Biology with an Option in Cell and Molecular Biology include: research in universities or hospitals; careers in biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies; M. S.; Ph.D.; M.D.; or other health professions.

To learn more about the Option in Cell and Molecular Biology contact the advisor for the program, Dr. Kay Lee-Fruman at kleefrum@csulb.edu. To learn more about graduate studies in cell and molecular biology contact the graduate coordinator, Ms. Kay Belletti, kbellett@csulb.edu and the faculty members whose research programs are of interest to you. Check out Faculty Research to find the areas that interest you

 For more information about California State University, Long Beach, please see CSULB .   For information on how to apply to our university, please see How To Apply . We accept both transfer students and incoming freshman.