Jul 11, 2020  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Science in Molecular/Cellular Biology (MCBI)

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This program prepares students to pursue research and teaching careers in molecular and cellular biology.

Admission Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institutions;
  • At least 20 hours in biology, with a course in genetics;
  • a course in physiology or cell biology;
  • One year of general chemistry;
  • a course in biochemistry;
  • One semester of physics, including electricity and light;
  • One semester of calculus or statistics;
  • An academic record of B (3.0) or better during the junior and senior years;
    • Submission to the Office of Graduate Admissions of a completed departmental admission form, two letters of recommendation and personal statement;
    • Submission to the Office of Graduate Admissions scores from Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) general tests (subject test not required); and
    • Meeting the admission requirements of the Graduate School

If a statistics course was not previously taken, BIO 509 - Statistics for Biologists  must be taken as part of the program of study. If a biochemistry course was not previously taken, CHEM 451 - Biochemistry I  must be taken the first fall semester of the program as part of the program of study. A course in physical chemistry and a course in microbiology are highly recommended.

Conditional Admission

Students deficient in a requirement for admission to any of the programs may be granted conditional admission. Subject to removal for the deficiency, while beginning graduate study. Hours earned in making up deficiencies are in addition to those normally required for the degree.

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Degree Requirements:

At least 30 hours of approved graduate - level work is required, including a minimum of 24 hours within the Department of Biology. To ensure scheduling of appropriate research experiences, internships and specialized course work. Students must, by the end of their first semester, formulate a specific program of study in consultation with their faculty guidance committee. After approval of the guidance committee.

In addition to the common requirements, students must opt for one of two alternative degree plans; thesis or non thesis.

Thesis: This plans is most appropriate for students intending on research career in biology. A Candidate completes an original investigation under the supervision of a guidance (thesis) committee. This research must be suitable for publication, written in a form acceptable to the Graduate School and defended in an oral examination. The plain requires a minimum of 30 credit hours including a minimum of six credit hours and maximum of 10 credit hours in research (thesis and independent study). A maximum of six hours may be earned in BIO 690 /691 /692 - Thesis  for thesis research.

Non-thesis: This plan is most appropriate for students intending on a professional career that does not emphasize research or for those interested in obtaining a broader understanding of biological theory. All students in this plan must complete 34 credit hours of course work. All candidates are encouraged to include research or practical experiences by enrolling for three hours in either BIO 587 - Cooperative Education in Biology BIO 686 /687 /688 - Practicum in Biology  or BIO 697 /698 /699 - Independent Study .

Department Information:

Biology - College of Arts & Sciences

Marianne Laporte, Ph.D.
Department Head

316 Mark Jefferson
(734) 487-4242

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Advisor Information:

David Kass, Ph.D.

316 Mark Jefferson Science Complex
(734) 487-4242

Upon admission to the biology program, students will receive initial advising from the graduate coordinator, the principal advisor in their selected concentration, or the departmental graduate committee. Students are responsible for forming a permanent guidance committee and developing a program of study approved by that committee before registering for their second semester. After the first semester, if no program of study is on file, the guidance committee is not obligated to include any unapproved courses taken as part of the student’s final program.  The guidance committee for Thesis students will include at least three faculty members from the Department of Biology . The students usually selects the chair of the committee, and the other tow members are chosen by the chair in consultation with the student. Additional members of the committee may be added from inside or outside the department by agreement between the chair and the student.

The  guidance committee for Non-thesis students will consist of the principal graduate advisor, in consultation with the student, will prepare the student’s program, which must be approved by the graduate coordinator. The student may select a third member of the guidance committee from faculty within the Department of Biology .

Course requirements

The concentration in molecular/cellular biology requires a minimum of 30 credit hours for thesis students and 34 credit hours for non-thesis students. As many as six hours may be taken outside of the Department of Biology  as cognates. All course in the program of study must be approved by the students’ guidance committee.

Master of Science in Molecular/Cellular Biology

Thesis students must select a minimum of six hours of research:

Restricted Elective Courses: 16-26 hours

16 to 26 credit hours selected in consultation with the graduate advisor. At least five hours must include research methodology courses.

Cognate Courses: 0-6 hours

Up to six credit hours selected in consultation with graduate advisor.

Program Total: 30-34 hours

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