Majoring in Molecular Environmental Biology

Molecular approaches are expected to play an increasing role in environmental problem-solving in the near future, and their success will depend upon a sound understanding of biological principles from molecular through ecological levels. Offered by the Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) Department, the Molecular Environmental Biology (MEB) major is designed to train students in the organization and function of biological organisms and their integration into the environment.

What will I study?

MEB majors choose from among six different emphases depending on specific interests and career plans:

  • Animal Health and Behavior
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecology
  • Environment and Human Health
  • Insect Biology
  • Microbiology

What can I do with this major?

MEB graduates acquire a broad foundation across a breadth of biological core areas, which gives them especially valuable scientific training. The Molecular Environmental Biology degree prepares students well for graduate education in a biological area, or for careers related to biology and the environment, such as:

  • scientific research in government, industry, or academia
  • biological assessment for various governmental agencies
  • environmental consulting firms

Graduates can also pursue a range of careers extending beyond the field of biology, such as

  • human or veterinary medicine
  • health professions
  • environmental or science education
  • non-technical work in writing, illustration, photography, sales, or legislation


Undergraduate Advisor: Elizabeth Storer
260 Mulford Hall
University of California 
Berkeley, CA 94720-3100