Biomolecular Sciences M.A.

Program Rationale:

The Master of Arts in Biomolecular Sciences is designed to fulfill the educational needs of biologists who desire further specialization and/or knowledge of recent advances in cell and molecular aspects of biology, students who seek an immersion in cell and molecular biology as an intermediate step toward preparation for work at the doctoral level, and teachers who are interested in their knowledge in molecular and cellular biology.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduate students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge in biomolecular science, including an understanding of:
  • the connection between molecular properties and cellular activities,
  • the connection between cellular activities and biological responses,
  • cellular structure and function, including chemical composition, physiochemical and functional organization of organelles, and basic cellular metabolism,
  • major cellular processes, including DNA replication, gene regulation, protein structure and function, cell signaling, and differentiation,
  • the role of molecular and cellular processes in human health and disease,
  • contemporary techniques used in cell and molecular biology;
  • be able to evaluate papers from the scientific literature and present oral and written critiques;
  • develop research questions and the approach they will use to address that question; and
  • successfully complete a research project, analyze and evaluate the data generated and present their findings in both an oral and written format.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work. Applicants should follow the procedure of the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office described at http://www.ccsu.edu/grad/. Applicants who do not meet the GPA standards may be considered for Conditional Admission; see http://www.ccsu.edu/grad/admission/conditional.html for more information.

Applicants should follow the procedures of the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office described at http://www.ccsu.edu/grad/.

Additional Materials Required:

Applicants must also submit a narrative statement (about 500 words) describing their academic and career goals, and their reasons for entering this graduate program, directly to the Chair of the Department of Biomolecular Sciences.

Course and Capstone Requirements:

Each student will be assigned a graduate committee that will help the student plan a sound program of study.

There are two options (Plan A and Plan B) leading to the Master of Arts in Biomolecular Sciences degree, both of which require a total of 30 credits, made up of a Course Component and a Capstone Component.

TOTAL CREDITS FOR PROGRAM IS 30 CREDITS

Course Component

BMS 501Fundamentals of BiomolecularScience

2

BMS 540Advanced Topics in Biomolecular Science

1 to 4

and biomolecular course electives (19-22 credits in BMS or related fields) from the following courses or others as approved by the advisor:

BMS 412/BIO 412Human Physiology

3

BMS 415Advanced Exploration in Cell, Molecular, and Physiological Biology

3

BMS 505Molecular Biology

4

BMS 506Cellular Metabolism and Energetics

3

BMS 516Medical Microbiology

3

BMS 519Physiology of Human Aging

3

BMS 540Advanced Topics in Biomolecular Science

1 to 4

BMS 562Advanced Developmental Biology

3

BMS 570Advanced Genetics

3

BMS 590Focused Study in Advanced Biomolecular Sciences

1 TO 4

CHEM 456Toxicology

3

CHEM 458Advanced Biochemistry

3

BIO 449Plant Physiology

3

BMS 412, BMS 506, BIO 449: with optional lab

Capstone Component

Total Credit Hours:3-6

Plan A:

BMS 599Thesis

3

BMS 591Independent Research Project in Biomolecular Sciences

1 TO 4

Thesis defense

or

Plan B:

BMS 591Independent Research Project in Biomolecular Sciences

1 TO 4

Comprehensive Exam