""All students must satisfy UAB general admission requirements and be successfully admitted to the university. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the cancer biology program, the admission criteria are higher than those for other degrees. You must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • First-time freshmen applicants must have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT composite score of 28 or higher (or the SAT combined V+Q score at 1260 or higher); these are similar to the admission criteria for the UAB Honors Program.
    • High school students who do not meet these requirements may be accepted into the program as Pre-Cancer Biology majors. Any student who is admitted as a Pre-Cancer Biology major must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 after 24 credits of work at UAB; a GPA of at least 3.25 in their Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics (MA 105 and higher) coursework; and have taken a freshman year curriculum that is compatible with the program.
  • Current UAB students and transfer students from other institutions who are freshmen or sophomores (non-direct admits) may select Cancer Biology for their major, but must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0. They must have demonstrated excellent academic performance in science/mathematics courses and have a GPA of at least 3.25 in those courses.
Students must maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in order to remain in good academic standing in the program. If a student’s overall GPA falls below 3.0, they will have one semester to bring their overall grade to 3.0 or better.