The graduate program in Cell and Molecular Biology is an interdisciplinary degree-granting program that involves over 100 faculty members from 16 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, laboratory research techniques, and ethical conduct of science. The program also includes elective courses in specialized areas and in grant writing, a graduate seminar series in which students present 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 the following: Cancer Biology; Gene Expression; Genome Structure, Evolution & Repair; Infectious Disease; Metabolism & Physiology; Microbiomes; Plant Molecular Biology; Prions & Neurobiology; Stem Cells & Development; and 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 2021

BC 563Molecular Genetics4
BC 565Molecular Regulation of Cell Function4
CM 510Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology1
CM 792Cell and Molecular Biology Seminar 1, 24-10
CM 793Seminar 1, 24-10
GRAD 550STEM Communication1
MIP 611Advanced Microbiological Research Methods4
Independent Study and Dissertation (select a minimum of 6 credits from the following):6
Independent Study 2
Dissertation 2
Electives must contain at least one course from each section list: 244
Ethics Elective (see list below)1-3
Statistics Elective (see list below)3-4
Topics Elective (see list below)2
Writing Elective (see list below)1-3
Master's Degree Credit (a maximum of 30 credits may be accepted from a master's degree)30
Program Total Credits:72

 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 575/GRAD 575Ethical Issues in Big Data Research1

Statistics Electives

Select at least one course from the following:
STAR 511Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I4
STAR 512Design and Data Analysis for Researchers II4
STAT 540Data Analysis and Regression3
VS 562Applied Data Analysis3
VS 733Advanced Veterinary Epidemiology4

Topics Electives

Topics Electives provide guided practice in reading, interpreting, and critiquing scientific literature relevant to the field of Cell & Molecular Biology.

Preferred course, to be taken two semesters, 2 credits total:
CM 700Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature2
Courses that could substitute for CM 700 in consultation with advisor:
BSPM 502BTopics in Plant Pathology: Plant Bacteriology1
BMS 796A/NB 796CGroup Study: Topics in Neuroscience1-4
BMS 796BGroup Study: Cardiopulmonary Physiology1-18
BMS 796CGroup Study: Reproductive Physiology1-18
CHEM 651BSpecial Topics in Chemistry: Inorganic Chemistry1-4
FSHN 650ARecent Developments in Human Nutrition: Protein, Vitamins, and Minerals2
FSHN 650BRecent Developments in Human Nutrition: Carbohydrates, Lipids, and Energy2
FSHN 650CRecent Developments in Human Nutrition: Genomic, Proteomics, and Metabolomics2
MIP 700Topics in Microbiology1
SOCR 730Topics in Plant Breeding and Genetics1

Writing Electives

Select at least one course from the following:
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.