MCB 252
Cells, Tissues & Development
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • Dr. Rivier will NOT hold his office hours on Tuesday, May 1. Instead, Dr. Rivier's office hours this week will be held on Wednesday, May 2, from 2-2:50pm, in the MCB Learning Center. Instructor and TA office hours end on Wednesday, May 2. No office hours will be held on Reading Day or during Finals week.

  • The final deadline for Web Gradebook corrections is 5:00 PM, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. No Web Gradebook scores will be altered after this deadline, so please be certain to check all your scores before this time.

  • Friday, March 9, 2018, is the last day to drop the course or to elect the Credit/No Credit option.

  • GEO Strike Information:

    Dear MCB 252 students,

    We wanted to provide you with information should the GEO strike occur on Feb. 26 as is currently planned. First and foremost, we want you to know that class will go on as scheduled. Our objective is to fulfill our obligation to you as students. Should they choose to strike, the GEO has the right to picket peacefully. They do not have the right to block your access to your classes. Should this occur, you may call campus police at 217-333-1216 for assistance. You have the right to make a choice about whether or not you wish to cross the picket line. Since we will be ensuring that classes will be conducted as usual, any absence from class will result in the same consequence as an unexcused absence (i.e., you will receive a score of zero for discussion). If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your instructor, course coordinator or any other MCB Instructional Program staff at 217-244-6239. We continue to be hopeful for a quick resolution.


    Elizabeth Good

  • Lecture on Friday, 2/2/18, is CANCELED due to instructor illness. We will resume normal lecture on Monday, 2/5/18.

  • Monday, January 29, 2018, is the deadline for adding the course and for changing sections in MCB 252.

  • LaunchPad ebook access.

    Please use this link for your ebook access after you purchase a code.

  • MCB 252 Students should take a minute to review the Campus Emergency Response Information.

  • MCB 252 Lectures begin on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 1pm in Lincoln Hall Theater.

  • Discussions begin on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 9am in 243B Davenport Hall.

  • MERIT begins on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 11am in 491A Burrill Hall.

  • For those of you with evening exams or evening classes please review this information about Campus Safety:
    When possible please walk in pairs or groups. See the Campus Safety Web site at for suggested tips for staying safe on campus.

    Safe Rides: Offered by the Mass Transit District, SafeRides provides safe transportation between designated areas to University students, faculty, and staff. SafeRides is not intended to be a service of convenience, but rather a safe means of transportation when other travel options do not offer a secure environment.

    For more information, visit MTD Saferides website. To make arrangements for a SafeRide please call 217-265-7433.

  • The MCB 252 proficiency exam will be given on Tuesday evening, January 23, 2018, from 6-9PM. Students may sign up for the exam using the online form.

    You may not take a proficiency exam if any of the following apply:
    A. You have taken the proficiency exam for the given course previously.
    B. You have already completed the course.
    C. You were enrolled in the course and dropped after the campus drop deadline (eighth week of the semester) or withdrew from the course.
    D. You have completed more than one course in advance of the course (higher rubric number) in which the proficiency exam is requested.

    Additional information regarding proficiency exams appears in Article 3, Part 2, 3-203, Proficiency Examinations, in the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students, which is available online at

  • The staff members supporting MCB 252 are more than happy to assist students in whatever ways that we can. Emails to instructors, TAs, or course coordinators will only be answered if they come from an account. As a student, please remember that when you email a staff member, it's important to include all pertinent information so that we can assist you in the most efficient and effective manner possible. This information includes:

    1. Your full first and last name
    2. Your NetID (the first part of your email account)
    3. Your UIN (9 digit number that you use to register for classes)
    4. The course that you are concerned about (the staff members often work with multiple courses)
    5. Your section letter/number
    6. The previous email "thread" or previous communicated information pertinent to the situation

    Your cooperation will help us respond much more quickly to your concerns. Thank you!