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Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology

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M.S. in Molecular Biotechnology

The Master of Science in molecular biotechnology is a 2-year nonthesis program that provides broad-based knowledge and skills to prepare students for advanced careers in molecular biotechnology-oriented clinical, industrial, and research laboratories. Students receive training in the use and application of advanced methodologies and instrumentation as well as critical thinking, troubleshooting, and communication skills. The application of these skills to research and development is emphasized.

Degree Requirements

The M.S. in molecular biotechnology is a minimum 40-credit-hour program designed to be completed in 2 years if pursued full-time. The curriculum provides broad-based training and experience through course work and practica in biotechnology settings.

The core curriculum is completed in the first year. The core curriculum includes biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, molecular biology, molecular techniques, research ethics, biotechnology issues, and radiation safety. Practical skills are built through lecture and laboratory course work in the theory and application of molecular biotechnologies.

Students enroll in 3 semester-long practica in the summer, spring, and fall terms of the second year. Each practicum is performed at a different site to provide a different molecular biotechnology emphasis. Practicum sites emphasize bioscience research, biotechnology industrial applications, or molecular diagnostics. The practica provide extensive hands-on experience with molecular technologies as well as experience in bioscience. Students work with investigators, laboratory staff, and others in the activities of the practicum site.

Students also complete Journal Club and Scientific Writing courses during the second year of the program. During the second spring semester, a final general examination is required. This consists of a written and an oral examination. Successful completion of the written component is required before taking the comprehensive oral examination over general knowledge of molecular biotechnology concepts and applications.

This program is not well suited to part-time study, particularly the practicum component. However, it is possible to extend the course of study over more than 2 years by delaying the recommended schedule of courses.

For details of the curriculum, including a year-by-year course sequence, please visit the program's website.

Recommended Course Sequence

First Year, Fall Semester (12 credit hours)   First Year, Spring Semester (10 credit hours)  
GSMC 850 Proteins and Metabolism 2 GSMC 853 Cellular Structure 2
GSMC 851 Molecular Genetics 2 GSMC 854 Cell Communication 2
GSMC 852 Introduction to Biomedical Research I 2 GSMC 855 Introduction to Biomedical Research II 2
GSMC 856 Introduction to Research Ethics 1 CLS 720 Molecular Techniques II 2
CLS 710 Molecular Techniques I 2 CLS 721 Molecular Techniques Laboratory II 2
CLS 711 Molecular Techniques Laboratory I  2
CLS 730 Current Issues in Biotechnology  1
Summer Session (6 credit hours)      
BIOL 702 Laboratory Practice: Radiation
Safety Procedures
BIOL 703 Radioisotopes and Radiation
Safety in Research
CLS 750 Practicum I 4    
Second Year, Fall Semester (6 credit hours)   Second Year, Spring Semester (6 credit hours)  
CLS 751 Practicum II 5 CLS 752 Practicum III 5
CLS 740 Journal Club 1 CLS 742 Scientific Writing 1

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