College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

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. The Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Department's 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.

  1. Animal Health and Behavior
  2. Biodiversity
  3. Ecology
  4. Environment and Human Health
  5. Organisms and Environment
  6. Microbiology.

What can I do with this major?

MEB graduates acquire a sound understanding of biological principles from the molecular through the ecological levels, 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
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720

Faculty Advising: Rosemary Gillespie, head advisor
MEB Faculty Advising