The graduate program in Cell and Molecular Biology is an interdisciplinary degree-granting program that comprises over 100 faculty members from 15 departments and 5 colleges who share common interests in cell and molecular biology. The MS program includes a core of lecture courses in advanced molecular genetics and cell biology,laboratory research techniques, science communication and ethical conduct of science. Students may also select additional courses in areas related to their interests. Each year, students also participate in a student seminar series in which they present on a topic connected to cell or molecular biology, and a weekly seminar series with presentations by CSU faculty and nationally prominent scientists.

Core courses can typically be completed during the first year. The Plan A M.S. Degree can be completed within two years. The Plan B M.S. degree can be completed within 3 semesters. 

Current focus areas of research include, but are not limited to: Cancer Biology; Genome Structure, Evolution, & Repair; Infectious Disease; Metabolism & Physiology; Microbiomes; Plant Molecular Biology, Prions & Neurobiology; Stem Cells, Reproduction & Development; Synthetic Biology.  Students are encouraged to complete coursework in computational/quantitative approaches. 
 

Students interested in this graduate program should refer to the Cell and Molecular Biology website for further details.

Effective Fall 2019

BC 563Molecular Genetics4
BC 565Molecular Regulation of Cell Function4
CM 510Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology1
CM 595Independent Study 11-3
CM 699Thesis 11-4
CM 792Cell and Molecular Biology Seminar 21-2
CM 793Seminar 21-2
GRAD 550STEM Communication1
MIP 611Advanced Microbiological Research Methods4
Ethics Elective (see list below)1-3
Electives 34-11
Program Total Credits:30

 Ethics Electives

Select at least one course from the following:
BC 601Responsible Conduct in Biochemistry1
CM 601Responsible Conduct of Research in CMB1
CM 666/PHIL 666Science and Ethics3
GRAD 544Ethical Conduct of Research1
MIP 654Research Policies and Regulations1
NSCI 575Ethical Issues in Big Data Research1

A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program.  

Effective Fall 2019

BC 563Molecular Genetics4
BC 565Molecular Regulation of Cell Function4
CM 510Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology1
CM 595Independent Study 11-4
CM 792Cell and Molecular Biology Seminar 21-2
CM 793Seminar 21-2
GRAD 550STEM Communication1
MIP 611Advanced Microbiological Research Methods4
Ethics Elective (see list below)1-3
Electives 34-12
Program Total Credits:30

Ethics Electives

Select at least one course from the following:
BC 601Responsible Conduct in Biochemistry1
CM 601Responsible Conduct of Research in CMB1
CM 666/PHIL 666Science and Ethics3
GRAD 544Ethical Conduct of Research1
MIP 654Research Policies and Regulations1
NSCI 575Ethical Issues in Big Data Research1

A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program.