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Master of Arts in Biochemistry and Biophysics; Microbiology; or Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

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M.A. Degree Requirements

General Requirements for All M.A. Students

Refer to each discipline for specific course requirements. General requirements include

  1. A minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit;
  2. A minimum of 1 laboratory rotation during the first semester of graduate study;
  3. Enrollment every semester in BIOL 701 Topics in: Molecular Biosciences Seminar;
  4. Completion of the following courses: BIOL 807 Graduate Molecular Biosciences and BIOL 818 Techniques in Molecular Biosciences;
  5. A graduate committee established by the beginning of the spring semester of the first year;
  6. A minimum of 1 annual graduate committee meeting until completion of the degree.

The following thesis options are available:

  1. Write a thesis resulting from original research on a laboratory problem.
  2. Publish a research paper in a national, refereed journal. Acceptance of the paper for publication constitutes publication for conferral of the degree.
  3. Write a library thesis on a topic approved by the student’s graduate committee.

Specific M.A. Requirements: Biochemistry and Biophysics

BIOL 750 Advanced Biochemistry, BIOL 772 Gene Expression, plus electives to satisfy the 30-hour requirement. Electives are determined in consultation with the graduate adviser and graduate committee.

Specific M.A. Requirements: Microbiology

At least 3 graduate courses are required, selected from BIOL 811 Advanced Molecular and Cellular Immunology, BIOL 812 Mechanisms of Host-Parasite Relationships, BIOL 813 Advanced Bacterial Physiology, BIOL 814 Advanced Molecular Virology, and BIOL 815 Advanced Molecular Genetics; plus electives to satisfy the 30-hour course requirement. No more than 6 of these hours can be below the 700 level. Electives are determined in consultation with the graduate adviser and graduate committee.

Specific M.A. Requirements: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

BIOL 752 Cell Biology, BIOL 755 Mechanisms of Development, and either BIOL 753 Advanced Genetics or BIOL 772 Gene Expression, plus electives to satisfy the 30-hour course requirement. Electives are determined in consultation with the graduate adviser and graduate committee.

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