Molecular Biosciences BAS

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Molecular Biosciences encompasses the study of molecules that build living cells and organisms and the complex network of chemical reactions and physical processes connecting them. This field provides the foundation needed to work in a variety of disciplines including pharmacology, medicine, biochemistry, molecular biology, neuroscience, forensics, and food chemistry.

Successful Molecular Biosciences graduates will have a thorough understanding of the scientific disciplines underpinning molecular biosciences, as well as extensive laboratory experience using state-of-the-art equipment. They will also bring understanding of the complex regulatory environment surrounding the biosciences as well as the business skills needed to manage a project and/or the purchasing and tracking for a lab or study.

  • Curriculum geared towards employability
  • Hands-on research experience
  • Modern laboratories
  • Small class sizes
  • Affordable

To be eligible for this program, students must first apply for general admission to Bellevue College, then submit a selective admissions application to the Molecular Biosciences BAS degree program. While students are pursuing the BAS degree, they must:

  • complete an Associate’s degree in Biotechnology, Molecular Sciences Technician, General Science Technician, or equivalent degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 and demonstrated completion of coursework equivalent to the Molecular Sciences Technician AAST to receive an entry into the senior Capstone (MBS 480).
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.7 (C+) or above. A minimum of 45 credits for the degree must be completed in residence at Bellevue College, of which 30 credits are upper division level. All core program courses require a minimum grade of “C” or better.

You must meet with the Molecular Biosciences program chair or manager to create an education plan that is tailored to your needs with your success in mind.

The official Program of Study for the Molecular Biosciences BAS degree is updated every catalog year starting in summer quarter. Students follow the degree according to the catalog year in which they enter the program, though they may choose to complete the requirements for a later catalog year. It’s a good idea to print and save a copy of the program of study for the year in which you started for your personal reference.

This is a sample schedule only and not to be used as an education plan unless created and signed by an advisor. Education plans are tailored to fit each student’s needs with their success in mind. Please schedule an appointment with an advisor to create the best education plan for your needs.

Sample Molecular Biosciences BAS Schedule

MBS 320
MBS 330
PHYS& 114
CHEM& 262
MBS 340
PHYS& 115
CHEM& 263
MBS 350
MBS 480
MBS 455
CHEM 406
MBS 481
MBS 470
MBS 482
MBS 410
MBS 430

Tuition and fee rates are published annually on the Bellevue College website. Please note there are different rates depending on the course level (300-400 level for the MBS BAS degree) and your Washington residency status.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you can apply early and complete the Molecular Sciences Technician AAS-T (MST) as part of the BAS program.

We will evaluate your transcripts for applicable credits, and you may need to take some of the MST classes as prerequisites to the MBS classes.

Yes, students who have not been admitted to the program can register for up to 10 credits of 300- level coursework on a space-available basis, if they have appropriate prerequisites. To request permission to enroll in an MBS course, please email your request to

The capstone course series, MBS 480, MBS 481, and MBS 482 are lab/research-based courses in which students propose projects and conduct the research to complete the projects.

MBS 480: Senior Capstone Proposal – 1 credits

MBS 481: Senior Capstone Project I – 4 credits

MBS 482: Senior Capstone Project II – 5 credits

Yes, depending on multiple factors such as your academic performance, the program, and the school.

Last Updated December 27, 2023