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Five-year Master's Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology


The Department of Biological Sciences offers a five-year master's degree program in molecular and cell biology (non-thesis).

Upon satisfactory completion of all of the undergraduate curriculum requirements, students receive a bachelor of science in biology. Students complete graduate-level biology courses during their senior year. A maximum of 9 credits may be used to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Students earn the MS in molecular and cell biology upon satisfactory completion of all of the graduate curriculum requirements.

The MS degree in molecular and cell biology provides an excellent foundation for students who intend to pursue studies in professional health care fields and doctoral programs. It also offers a competitive edge for students who plan to pursue a career in biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. 

Learn more about the graduate program in molecular and cell biology.

Curriculum + Requirements

Students who choose to pursue the five-year master's degree in molecular and cell biology are required to complete the following courses by the end of their junior year:

  1. PHY 110/110L and PHY 111/111L
  2. BIO 282/282L and BIO 346/346L
  3. CHE 315/315L

Recommended Curriculum

Fall Semester, First Year
Course Title Credits
BIO 150/150L General Biology I with lab (for majors) 4
CHE 110/110L General Chemistry I with lab 4
EN 101 Freshman Composition (UC) 3
MA 141 Quantitative Literacy (UC) 3
QU 101 The Individual in the Community 3
Total: 17

 

Spring Semester, First Year
Course Title Credits
BIO 151/151L Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics (for majors) 4
CHE 111/111L General Chemistry II with lab 4
EN 102 Freshman Composition (UC) 3
UC University Curriculum 3
Total: 14

Fall Semester, Second Year
Course Title Credits
BIO 298 Research Methods in Biology 3
BIO 152/152L Ecological & Biological Diversity 4
CHE 210/210L Organic Chemistry I with lab 4
QU 201 Seminar on National Community 3
UC University Curriculum 3
Total: 17

Spring Semester, Second Year
Course Title Credits
BIO Biology elective 3-4
CHE 211/211L Organic Chemistry II with lab 4
BIO Biology elective 3-4
UC University Curriculum 3
Total: 13-15

Fall Semester, Third Year
Course Title Credits
PHY 110/110L General Physics I with lab 4
BIO 282/282L Genetics with lab 4
CHE 315/315L Biochemistry with lab 4
QU 301 QU Seminar 3
Total: 15

Spring Semester, Third Year
Course Title Credits
PHY 111/111L General Physics with lab 4
BIO Biology elective 3
BIO 346/346L Cell Physiology with lab 4
UC University Curriculum 3
Total: 14

Fall Semester, Fourth Year
Course Title Credits
UC University Curriculum 3
BIO 515 Advanced Biochemistry 4
BIO Molecular & Cell Biology
Graduate elective 3
Open elective 3
Open elective 3
Total: 16

Spring Semester, Fourth Year
Course Title Credits
UC University Curriculum 3
UC  University Curriculum 3
BIO Molecular & Cell Biology graduate elective 3
Open elective 3
Open elective 3
Total: 15

Fall Semester, Fifth Year
Course Title Credits
BIO 606 Protein Methods Laboratory 4
BIO 571 Molecular Genetics 4
BIO Molecular & Cell Biology graduate elective 3
Total: 11

Spring Semester, Fifth Year
Course Title Credits
BIO 605 DNA Methods Laboratory 4
BIO 568 Molecular & Cell Biology 4
BIO Molecular & Cell Biology graduate elective 3
BIO 675 Comprehensive Exam 2
Total: 13