Undergraduate Major Details

Cell Biology

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Cell Biology major is in the College of Biological Sciences.

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The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Child Family Health International
CommuniCare Health Centers
Davis Joint Unified School District
North Davis Elementary School
Paul Hom Asian Clinic
Private Optometrist Office
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Safeway Pharmacy
Sutter Davis Hospital Auxiliary
Sutter Health / Medical Center, Sacramento / General Hospital
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
UC Davis Asian American Center on Disparities Research
UC Davis Developmental Research Center
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Medical Center Endoscopy
UC Davis MIND Institute
UC Davis Picnic Day
UC Davis School Of Medicine
UC Davis School of Medicine (UCDSOM)
UC Davis School Of Medicine Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services
UC Davis Student Health Services
UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH)
UCDHS Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program
UCDMC Accelerated Access Unit
UCDMC Cardio Thoracic Step Down
UCDMC Cardiology Davis Tower 6
UCDMC Cast Room
UCDMC Child Life
UCDMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
UCDMC Emergency Room
UCDMC Pediatric Emergency Room
UCDMC Pediatric General Clinic
UCDMC Speech Therapy
UCDSOM Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
UCDSOM Department of Dermatology
UCDSOM Department of Surgery
UCDSVM Cooperative Extension
VietNamese Cancer Awareness Education & Research Society
Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society (VN CARES)
Woodland Chiropractic Clinic

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 31 12 38.7%
2013-14 30 10 33.3%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 18.2% 54.5% 18.2% 9.1%
2013-15 50.0% 28.6% 21.4% 0.0%
2015-17 12.0% 8.0% 76.0% 4.0%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
BioMarin Manufacturing Associate
LabCorp Biological Technician
University of California, Davis Biological Research Assistant

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-17 $33,625 $28,000