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About the Molecular Biology Degree Program

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The Molecular Biology Comprehensive major option at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is designed to meet the needs of students desiring a strong background in the ever-growing field of molecular biology and its related areas.

The most exciting things happening in biology right now are at the molecular (DNA, RNA, protein) level. Through molecular research, insights into various diseases such as cancer, heart disease and genetic disorders is 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 very exciting field.

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.

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.

Graduate Program

Degree Received

Molecular Biology Comprehensive, Bachelor of Science


Per Credit Hour

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

Kirsten Lipps

"The rigor of the molecular biology curriculum at UNK developed my ability to not only acquire a wealth of knowledge but more importantly, it provided me with the foundations necessary to think critically and apply my understanding to novel and/or real-world issues."

Kirsten Lipps

Medical Student at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

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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