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Master of Science in Molecular + Cell Biology


Since the development of recombinant DNA technology, a new and exciting field of biotechnology has emerged, and the need for specialists in this area has increased nationally. The new biotechnology applies molecular and cell biology to the detection and treatment of human disease and is now a major division of pharmaceutical and research laboratories.

Our goal is to prepare students for employment in research fields available in pharmaceutical companies, universities and hospitals as well as to provide an excellent foundation for students intending to pursue studies in professional health care fields and doctoral programs.

The program provides students with highly specialized lecture and laboratory courses relevant in this rapidly growing field. Quinnipiac’s core curriculum provides comprehensive training in advanced biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell biology and laboratory methods. Electives cover industrial microbiology, virology, immunology, oncology and molecular pathology.

The program supplements Quinnipiac's faculty expertise with scientists from local pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical school settings. This provides our students with the most efficient and effective educational arena to maximize their success upon completion of their studies.

Students are provided with a choice of thesis options. Each student selecting the thesis option then carries out original laboratory research either in a faculty laboratory or an industrial/hospital research laboratory. Students who choose the nonthesis option must take additional course work and a written comprehensive examination to test their knowledge of core curricula.

Curriculum + Requirements

The master of science program in molecular and cell biology provides specialized training in laboratory research in the rapidly growing biomedical field. The program prepares students to secure technical positions in biomedical research laboratories (primarily pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies and hospital-based research laboratories) or enter PhD programs. For students already employed by a biotechnology laboratory or pharmaceutical company, the curriculum will significantly enhance their knowledge of the state-of-the-art techniques used in the growing field of molecular and cell biology.

The objective of this program is to provide the student with specialized training in laboratory research as well as a broad education necessary to function in this new and rapidly growing field. Students are provided with a choice of thesis options. Each student then carries out original laboratory research either in a faculty research laboratory or an industrial/hospital research laboratory. Students who choose the non-thesis option must take additional course work and a comprehensive exam to test their knowledge of the core curricula.

The curriculum consists of three components:

1. A required core curriculum that every entering student must complete before graduation;

2. Elective courses that students must complete. Students choosing the thesis option must complete two courses from this category while the non-thesis option requires five courses from the same category; and

3. Thesis or comprehensive exam.

Thesis involves original laboratory research performed under the guidance of Quinnipiac faculty. A thesis committee consisting of three faculty members evaluates a student’s progress by approving the research project and subsequently advising the student whenever the need arises.

The written comprehensive exam (BIO 675) is a requirement of the non-thesis option for the MS degree in molecular and cell biology. Students must demonstrate both breadth and depth of knowledge by illustrating a command of the subject matter obtained from individual courses into unified concepts, which link the student's own specialization to other fields of study. Students are encouraged to meet with the program director before registering for the comprehensive exam.

The 34-credit program requirements include:

Core Curriculum Requirements
BIO 515 Advanced Biochemistry 4
BIO 568 Molecular and Cell Biology 4
BIO 571 Molecular Genetics 4
BIO 605 Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory I 4
BIO 606 Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory II 4
Total 20
Thesis Option
Core Curriculum Requirements 20
BIO 650 Thesis I 4
BIO 651 Thesis II 4
BIO 688 Thesis Independent Study 2
Graduate electives 6
Total 36
Non-Thesis Option
Core Curriculum Requirements 20
Graduate electives 12
BIO 675 Comprehensive Exam 2
Total 34
Electives
BIO 500 Writing and Science 3
BIO 560 Protein Biochemistry and Enzymology 3
BIO 562 Bioinformatics 3
BIO 580 Animal Cell Culture 4
BIO 589 Neurophysiology 3
BIO 650 Thesis I 4
BIO 651 Thesis II 4
BIO 675 Comprehensive exam 2
BIO 688/689 Independent study 4
BMS 510 Biostatistics 3
BMS 517 Human Embryology 3
BMS 518 Pathophysiology 3
BMS 522 Immunology 3
BMS 526 Principles of Epidemiology 3
BMS 527 Pharmacology 3
BMS 532/532L Histology 4
BMS 533 Air, Water & Soil Microbiology 4
BMS 534 Industrial Microbiology/Biotechnology 4
BMS 542/542L Advanced Microbiology 4
BMS 564 Fundamentals of Oncology 4
BMS 565 Leukemia 3
BMS 569 Antimicrobial Therapy 3
BMS 570 Virology 4
BMS 572/572L Pathogenic Microbiology 4
BMS 573 Mycology 4
BMS 574 Microbial Physiology 4
BMS 576 Drug Discovery & Development 3
BMS 578 Cellular Basis of Neurobio. Disorders 3
BMS 579 Molecular Pathology 3
BMS 581 Receptors & Regulatory Mechanisms 3
BMS 583 Forensic Pathology 3
BMS 595 Transplantation Immunology 3
BMS 596 Immunology of Infectious Diseases 3
CHE 552 Introduction to Biochemical Toxicology 3
PA 515 Human Physiology 4
PY 535 Disease Mechanisms 4


The thesis involves original laboratory research performed under the guidance of a thesis committee and the director of the molecular and cell biology program. The thesis committee evaluates a student's progress by approving the research project and subsequently advising the student whenever the need arises.

The comprehensive examination (BIO 675) ias a requirement of the non-thesis option for the MS degree in molecular and cell biology. Students must demonstrate both breadth and depth of knowledge by illustrating a command of the subject matter obtained from individual courses into unified concepts, which link the student's own specialization to other fields of study. Students must meet with the program director before registering for the comprehensive exam.

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Katie Ludovico
Associate director of graduate admissions
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 203-582-8910
katie.ludovico@quinnipiac.edu

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