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Master’s Program

Entrance Assessment

Prospective students will be assessed according to their undergraduate record as well as their scores on the Graduate Record Exams (GREs). Admission assessment may also include an interview with the Admission Committee, formed by the Program Director and key faculty members. The Admission Committee will determine the student’s baseline competency for the program, and will assign courses to be followed in the first year of the program. The Admission Committee will also assign to each student an Advisor, who has to be confirmed or changed by end of first semester.

It is anticipated that students will enter the program from a variety of backgrounds with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, or physics.

Degree Requirements

On the basis of the entrance assessment, the Admission Committee will determine a course of study for the individual to take in the two years of graduate studies. The MS degree will require a minimum of 30 credits from Essentials and Elective Courses.

Required course

  • 56:121:701 Master’s Project (4 credits).

Essentials Courses

A maximum of 12 credits will be selected from Essentials Courses.

  • 56:121:510 Essentials of Biological Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • 56:121:520 Essentials of Biomathematics I (3 credits)
  • 56:121:530 Essentials of Computer Science I (3 credits)
  • 56:121:540 Essentials of Integrative Biology I (3 credits)
  • 56:121:565 Essentials of Biophysics (3 credits)

Elective courses

In consultation with the advisory committee, a student will select appropriate elective courses consistent with his/her interests, needs, and goals. The following is a list of some of the potential elective courses available.

  • 56:121:511 Essentials of Biological Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • 56:121:521 Essentials of Biomathematics II (3 credits)
  • 56:121:531 Essentials of Computer Science II (3 credits)
  • 56:121:541 Essentials of Integrative Biology II (3 credits)
  • 56:115:511,512 Biochemistry I,II (3,3)
  • 56:115:522 Protein Structure and Function (3)
  • 56:121:620 Laboratory Rotation Practicum (4 credits)
  • 56:120:523 Topics In Quantitative Biology (3 credits)
  • 56:120:503 Estuarine Biology (3 credits)
  • 56:120:505 Marine Biology (4 credits)
  • 56:120:525 Advanced Aquatic Ecology (3 credits)
  • 56:120:513 Population Genetics (3 credits)
  • 56:120:590 Population Ecology (3 credits)
  • 56:120:580 Fungi In Ecosystems (3 credits)
  • 56:120:583 Molecular Mechanisms of Developmental Genetics (3 credits)
  • 56:120:588 Life at Extremes (3 credits)
  • 56:120:512 Mammalian Physiology (3 credits)
  • 56:120:515 Human Genetics (3 credits)
  • 56:120:508 Cell Physiology (4 credits)
  • 56:120:509 Cytogenetics (4 credits)
  • 56:120:510 Cell Ultrastructure And Function (3 credits)
  • 56:120:534 Advanced Cell And Developmental Biology (3 credits)
  • 56:120:516 Immunology (3 credits)
  • 56:120:530 Molecular Carcinogenesis (3 credits)
  • 56:120:529 Molecular Genetics Of Microorganisms (4 credits)
  • 56:120:585 Recombinant DNA Technology (3 credits)
  • 56:120:540 Neuroscience (4 credits)
  • 56:120:555-556 Neurobiology (3 credits, 3 credits)
  • 56:120:560 Endocrinology (3 credits)
  • 56:120:575 Neurochemistry (3 credits)
  • 56:121:555 Cheminformatics (3 credits)
  • 56:121:560 Biophysics (3 credits)
  • 56:160:514 Molecular Modeling (3 credits)
  • 56:198:541 Parallel and Distributed Computing (3 credits)
  • 56:198:552 Advanced Database Systems (3 credits)
  • 56:198:556 Computer Graphics (3 credits)
  • 56:198:582 Computational Modeling of Biological Systems (3 credits)
  • 56:645:557 Signal processing (3 credits)
  • 56:645:572 Computational Mathematics II (3 credits)
  • 56:645:562 Mathematical Modelling (3 credits)
  • 56:645:560 Industrial Mathematics (3 credits)
  • 56:645:563 Statistical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • 56:645:558 Theory and Computation in Probability (3 credits)
  • 56:645:571 Comp Math I (3 credits)
  • 56:645:585 Mathematical Theory of Probability (3 credits)

Comprehensive Exam

At the end of the program, the student’s Advisory Committee will administer a comprehensive exam which will include an oral defense of the Master’s project as well as oral and/or written responses to questions testing the breadth of knowledge in the area of study.

The student must select an Advisory Committee, with the approval of the program director, by the end of the third semester. The Advisory Committee is formed by 3 examiners including: the student Advisor, a committee chair, at least one CCIB faculty member.

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