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Cell Biology & Neuroscience

Use research to understand complex biological systems and develop breakthroughs in cell biology and neuroscience while preparing for advanced education in medicine, dentistry or optometry.

Cell Biology & Neuroscience – B.S. in Cell Biology & Neuroscience

An understanding of developmental biology, cellular biology, neurobiology and physiology are important foundations for careers in the medical and dental fields. Students studying the Cell Biology and Neuroscience option at Montana State gain an understanding in a wide range of biological subjects with real-world, hands-on research experiences and mentorship opportunities with award-winning faculty. For students interested in furthering their education in the health sciences, the Health Professions Advising office facilitates exciting opportunities to explore these careers, as well as resources for applying to professional schools after graduation.

The Cell Biology & Neuroscience major at Montana State offers an additional Option Within the Major: Biomedical Science.




Students within the Cell Biology & Neuroscience program at Montana State include Truman Scholars such as Zariah Tolman ’20, who was awarded the Samuel Huntington Fellowship for Public Service – an award that includes a $15,000 stipend – to launch Positivity Outward, a nonprofit designed to help rural youth in Montana and Wyoming connect service and charitable donations.




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Learn From Experts
Award-winning faculty teach Cell Biology & Neuroscience courses and mentor students in research labs.

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Adventure Awaits
Montana State is the No. 1 college in the U.S. for outdoor sports and recreation, with world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fly fishing and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park.

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Hands-On Discovery
All Cell Biology & Neuroscience students participate in scientific discovery through research-based courses, labs, summer research programs, internships and/or employment.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Cell Biology & Neuroscience students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Neurology
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Physical Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Pharmaceuticals

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools availableincluding self-assessment and working with career coaches.