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Official Certificate Program: Post-Baccalaureate in Cell and Molecular Biology


Program Overview
This non-degree certificate program is designed for college graduates wishing to expand or update their knowledge of modern cell and molecular biology, but who are not ready to commit to graduate programs leading to the master’s degree. This post-baccalaureate certificate program provides these students a formal option for acquiring both advanced
instruction and academic advisement.

Admission Requirements
Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree to participate in the program. The application requires official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended other than CCSU and an essay describing why the student is interested in the program. Completed applications will be filed with the Graduate Admissions Office. The biomolecular sciences chair will schedule an interview with the applicant, during which an advisory committee will work with the candidate to develop an individualized plan of study in keeping with their academic backgrounds and professional goals. The advisory committee will make admission recommendations to the department which will make final admission decisions on a rolling basis. Successful applicants will have a 2.70 undergraduate cumulative grade point average and course prerequisites must be met, including BMS 102 and 103 (or BIO 121), BMS 190, 201, 290; and CHEM 161, 162, 163, and 164; or equivalent.

Post-baccalaureate students will be classified as graduate students and may either be part-time or full-time.  Matriculated students may qualify for financial aid. Only students matriculated as full-time may take nine or more credits a semester. Part-time and nonmatriculated students are limited to less than nine credits/semester.


Program Requirements
The Official Certificate Program in Cell and Molecular Biology will require 18–20 credits in approved cell and molecular biology courses (see below), including BMS 572, BMS 591 and at least two cell and molecular biology courses that include laboratory instruction. Any individual program must be selected and approved in consultation with the biomolecular sciences advisor. A minimum of 15 credits in the planned program must be taken at CCSU.

 

Program

Research Component:
BMS 572 Laboratory Rotation in Cell and Molecular Biology 1
BMS 591 Independent Research Project in BMS 2


Laboratory Science Component:
2 courses with lab from the following:
BMS 412/ Human Physiology 

        413 (with lab)
BMS 505 Molecular Biology
BMS 506/ Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics,
        497 and Metabolic Regulation(with lab)
BMS 540 Advanced Topics in BMS
BIO 449/ Plant Physiology/
      450 Investigations in Plant Physiology


Elective Component:
7–9 credits elected from any additional
Laboratory Science course(s) listed above
and/or from the following:


BMS 412 Human Physiology
BMS 415 Advanced Exploration in Cell, Molecular & Physiological Biology
BMS 506 Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics, and Metabolic Regulation
BMS 516 Medical Microbiology
BMS 519 Physiology of Human Aging
BMS 540 Advanced Topics in BMS
BMS 562 Developmental Biology
BMS 570 Advanced Genetics
BMS 590 Focused Study in Advanced BMS
BIO 449 Plant Physiology
BIO 416 Immunology
CHEM 456 Toxicology
CHEM 458 Advanced Biochemistry


Note: To enroll in BMS 572 or 591, students need to have a planned program approved by the biomolecular sciences advisor. The student must maintain a 3.00 (B) cumulative grade point average in order to be in good academic standing and to receive the post-baccalaureate certificate. Upon completion of the planned certificate program, a certificate will be issued from the dean, School of Graduate Studies. (While completion of this program does not lead to a graduate
degree, courses at the 400-level or above that are taken as part of the post-baccalaureate certificate program may be counted towards a master’s degree, provided that the graduate syllabus option is elected at the time of course
registration in all 400-level courses; all master’s program admissions and degree requirementsare met; and the courses are part of a planned program of study approved by the master’s degree advisor. Students must apply for the MA through Graduate Admission.)


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