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About the Molecular Biology Degree Program

On Campus

The most exciting things happening in biology right now are at the molecular (DNA, RNA, protein) level. The Molecular Biology degree at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is designed to meet the needs of students desiring a strong background in this fast-moving and ever-growing field.

Through molecular research, insights into various diseases such as cancer, heart disease and genetic disorders are possible. Sequencing of a large number of genomes has clarified the evolutionary relationships among organisms. In the current medical field, a new emphasis is placed on molecular biology, and incoming students will become well versed in the information and techniques that constitute this exciting and challenging area.

In addition to the medical and healthcare fields, most fields of biological research are converging on molecular biology and the techniques employed to answer questions and test hypotheses, making this expertise highly applicable to a wide range of educational and career opportunities.

Because of the emphasis offered by this comprehensive program, no minor or second major are required.

For more information contact:

Dr. Kimberly Carlson
Professor of Biology

Molecular Biology Program at a Glance


Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Degree Received

Molecular Biology Comprehensive, Bachelor of Science


Per Credit Hour

With the New Nebraskan Scholarship all undergraduate students pay in-state tuition

Makayla Nemecek

“At UNK, students get out of the classroom, and gain experience in the field. For me, the studies come easier because I’ve been in the lab applying what I’ve been learning. I think that kind of puts me ahead of the game because I’ve had that hands-on learning and I think you learn best by doing. It really prepares you for whatever your next step is.”


Makayla Nemecek

Molecular Biology Comprehensive

What can you do with a Molecular Biology Degree

Learn more about the types of jobs and common employers that Molecular Biology graduates work for.


  • Biotechnology
  • Forensic scientist
  • Genetic counselor
  • Research and academia
  • Genetic engineering
  • Health career preparation

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