The graduate program in Cell and Molecular Biology is an interdisciplinary degree-granting program that involves over 100 faculty members from 12 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, infectious diseases, metabolism, neuroscience, plant biology, regulation of gene expression, reproductive biology, structural biology, and genomics and computational biology. 

Effective Spring 2014

A maximum of 30 credits at the master's degree level may be accepted toward the Ph.D. A professional post baccalaureate degree in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, or Divinity may be accepted for a maximum of 30 credits.

Required Courses
BC 563Molecular Genetics4
BC 565Molecular Regulation of Cell Function4
or CM 501 Advanced Cell Biology
CM 502Techniques in Molecular & Cellular Biology2
CM 601Responsible Conduct of Research in CMB1-3
or CM 666 Science and Ethics
CM 792Cell and Molecular Biology Seminar 14
CM 793Seminar 23
ERHS 510Cancer Biology3
ERHS 611Cancer Genetics2
Select 47-49 credits from the following: 347-49
Additional Course Work
Program Total Credits:72

CM 792 must be taken a minimum of 4 times for one credit each time.


CM 793 must be taken a minimum of 3 times for one credit each time.


Students must select enough dissertation credits or other course work to bring the program total to a minimum of 72 credits, with approval of graduate advisory committee.