The graduate program in Cell and Molecular Biology is an interdisciplinary degree-granting program that involves over 100 faculty members from 14 departments and 5 colleges who share common interests in cell and molecular biology. The program offers training leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Cell and Molecular Biology; there also is a Cancer Biology specialization. The program includes a core of lecture courses in advanced molecular genetics and cell biology, in laboratory research techniques, and in ethical conduct of science, as well as elective courses in specialized areas and in grant writing, a graduate seminar series in which students present their research, and a weekly seminar series for presentations by CSU faculty and nationally prominent scientists each year. Core courses typically are completed during the first year. On average, the M.S. degree is completed within two years and the Ph.D. degree within five years. Current focus areas of research include, but are not limited to: cancer biology, genomics and computational biology. infectious diseases, metabolic regulation, neuroscience and molecular physiology, plant biology, regulation of gene expression, and, reproductive and developmental biology.

Effective Spring 2019

BC 563Molecular Genetics4
BC 565Molecular Regulation of Cell Function4
CM 502/NB 502Techniques in Molecular & Cellular Biology2
CM 510Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology1
CM 792Cell and Molecular Biology Seminar 14
CM 793Seminar 23
GRAD 550STEM Communication1
Independent Study and Dissertation (select a minimum of 6 credits from the following):6
Independent Study
Dissertation
Ethics Elective (see list below)1-3
Statistics Elective (see list below)3-4
Topics Elective (see list below)1-18
Writing Elective (see list below)1-3
Electives 311
Master's Degree Credit (a maximum of 30 credits may be accepted from a master's degree)30
Program Total Credits:72

 Ethics Electives

CM 601Responsible Conduct of Research in CMB1
CM 666/PHIL 666Science and Ethics3
GRAD 544Ethical Conduct of Research1
MIP 654Research Policies and Regulations1

Statistics Electives

STAT 511ADesign and Data Analysis for Researchers I: R Software4
STAT 511BDesign and Data Analysis for Researchers I: SAS Software4
STAT 540Data Analysis and Regression3

Topics Electives

BMS 796A/NB 796CGroup Study: Topics in Neuroscience1-4
BMS 796BGroup Study: Cardiopulmonary Physiology1-18
BMS 796CGroup Study: Reproductive Physiology1-18
BSPM 502BTopics in Plant Pathology: Plant Bacteriology1
CHEM 651BSpecial Topics in Chemistry: Inorganic Chemistry1-4
CM 700Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature1
FSHN 650ARecent Developments in Human Nutrition: Protein, Vitamins, and Minerals2
HES 796Group Study1-3
MIP 700Topics in Microbiology1

Writing Electives

BC 701Grant Proposal Writing and Reviewing1
BSPM 530/SOCR 530Scientific Writing1
BZ 544Presenting Research in Biology2
CM 640Creative Science Writing3
HES 700Professional Skills in Bioenergetics3
MIP 643Grant Writing for Microbiology/Pathology1
MIP 666Writing Scientific Manuscripts3
NB 771Writing, Submitting, and Reviewing Grants1

A minimum of 72 credits are required to complete this program.