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Master of Science in Molecular Biology


The M.S. in Molecular Biology aspires to endow graduates with the spirit of scientific exploration and the necessary research skills and ethical standards to attain successful careers.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the M.S. in Molecular Biology program are to:

  1. prepare graduates to remain abreast of the most recent advances in molecular biology
  2. prepare graduates for further graduate studies and for careers in related fields

Learning Outcomes

Students in the M.S. in Molecular Biology will be able to:

  1. integrate advanced concepts in molecular biology and related fields
  2. develop analytical and critical-thinking skills
  3. evaluate recent advances in molecular biology and their impact on society
  4. conduct research in molecular biology and related fields as individual and part of a research team
  5. demonstrate effective verbal and oral scientific communication
  6. assess ethical issues in biological research


Graduation from the M.S. in Molecular Biology requires completing 30 credits, distributed as follows:

  • Molecular Biology Core Courses (9 credits)
  • Elective Courses (15 credits)
  • Thesis (6 credits)

Molecular Biology Core Courses (9 credits)

  • BIO805 Protein Research Methods (3 cr.)
  • BIO806 Genomics Research Methods (3 cr.)
  • BIO822 Advanced Molecular Biology (3 cr.)

Elective Courses (15 credits)

  • BIO841 Molecular Physiology (3 cr.)
  • BIO820 Applied & Industrial Microbiology (3 cr.)
  • BIO825 Diagnostic Microbiology & Immunology (3 cr.)
  • BIO850 Genomics & Proteomics (3 cr.)
  • BIO826 Advances in Cell Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIO829 Endocrinology & Metabolism (3 cr.)
  • BIO834 Environmental Health & Toxicology (3 cr.)
  • BIO852 Nutrition & Diet Therapy (3 cr.)
  • BIO848 Fungal Genetics & Pathogenicity (3 cr.)
  • BIO845 Diagnostic & Applied Physiology (3 cr.)
  • BIO835 Microbial Pathogenesis (3 cr.)
  • BIO888 Current Topics in Microbiology (3 cr.)
  • BIO881 Special Topics in Biology (3 cr.)

Thesis (6 credits)

The thesis may be in the following fields of research: molecular biology, molecular microbiology, human genetics, fungal genetics, molecular biochemistry and pharmacology, cell and cancer biology, physiology and nutrition.