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The Biology MFT is a standardized, national exam from Educational Testing Service and is used at over 300 colleges and universities around the country. JCU students majoring in biology, environmental science, or cell & molecular biology must take the exam in order to graduate.

The subject matter covered by the Major Field Test (MFT) in Biology is organized into four major areas:

  • cell biology;
  • molecular biology and genetics;
  • organismal biology; and
  • population biology, evolution, and ecology.

The test contains approximately 150 multiple-choice questions, a number of which are grouped in sets and based on descriptions of laboratory and field situations, diagrams, or experimental results. Visit the ETS site for more information about the exam and to see sample test questions.

All biology, cell and molecular, and environmental science majors are required to take and pass the Major Field Test (MFT) in order to graduate. The MFT typically takes place early in the spring semester, in Donahue Auditorium on the first floor of the Dolan Center for Science & Technology.


Excused absences from the exam will be provided ONLY for extraordinary circumstances. Students are required to submit excused absence documentation through the Office of Academic Advising. 

Students who miss the exam for unexcused reasons will not be permitted to take the exam until the next time it is offered. Note that in such circumstances a student has not officially completed a degree requirement, and until the student takes the MFT and passes, the (degree evaluation) graduation application status is incomplete. 

Student registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) who will take the MFT exam in the SAS test room should schedule their exam before the end of the fall semester.  Please call (216) 397-4967 or email to schedule the exam.