Official Certificate Program: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate 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.


Students must have completed a bachelor's degree to participate in the program. Potential students should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to request an application packet. The application requires official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended 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; they may be either part-time or full-time and 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.

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 412/413 Human Physiology (with lab) 4
BMS 505 Molecular Biology 4
BMS 506/497 Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics, and Metabolic Regulation (with lab) 4
BMS 540 Advanced Topics in BMS 4
BIO 449/450 Plant Physiology/Investigations in Plant Physiology 4
Elective Component:
7-9 credits elected from any additional Laboratory Science course(s) listed above and/or from the following:
BMS 412 Human Physiology 3
BMS 415 Advanced Exploration in Cell, Molecular & Physiological Biology 3
BMS 506 Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics, and Metabolic Regulation 3
BMS 516 Medical Microbiology 3
BMS 519 Physiology of Human Aging 3
BMS 540 Advanced Topics in BMS 3
BMS 562 Developmental Biology 3
BMS 570 Advanced Genetics 3
BMS 590 Focused Study in Advanced BMS 3-4
BIO 449 Plant Physiology 3
BIO 416 Immunology 3
CHEM 456 Toxicology 3
CHEM 458 Advanced Biochemistry 3

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 requirements are 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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