Graduate Catalog 2010-12

Biomolecular Sciences

 

Faculty

James P. Mulrooney (Chair, Copernicus 204); Michael A. Davis, Betsy Dobbs-McAuliffe, Barry Hoopengardner, Martin A. Kapper, Thomas R. King, Kathy A. Martin-Troy, Cheryl L. Watson (Dept. office: Copernicus Rm 204; Dept. phone: 860-832-3560)

 

Department Overview

The Department of Biomolecular Sciences offers instruction in molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, and physiology that is strongly integrated with the theory and practice of molecular biological research. The department offers an M.A. in Biomolecular Sciences degree and an Official Certificate Program in Cell and Molecular Biology, and also contributes to the interdisciplinary Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Health Studies program.

Located in Copernicus Hall, the Department of Biomolecular Sciences includes a wide range of modern research equipment in laboratories designed both for class instruction and for independent student research. Special facilities include a protein purification and analysis facility, a cell culture facility, a molecular genetics research laboratory, a laboratory animal care suite, and several computer laboratories. Student-centered biomolecular research activity is also promoted, fostered, and supported by the Biotechnology Institute at CCSU, an interdisciplinary organization (housed in the Department of Biomolecular Sciences) that is dedicated to developing graduates with excellent research skills.

 

Admission Requirements

The application process begins with the submission of an application for admission to graduate study, as well as official transcripts from all institutions where graduate or undergraduate work has been done, to the Graduate Admissions Office (Davidson 115; 860-832-2350). Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the aptitude and advanced biology tests are optional, but, if available, these should also be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office. In addition, applicants should submit narrative statements describing their academic goals, and two or three letters of recommendation directly to the chair of the Department of Biomolecular Sciences. These materials will be reviewed by the Department Graduate Committee, and students who are accepted will be assigned a program committee that will work with each student to develop a planned program of academic study.

 

Programs

Master of Arts in Biomolecular Sciences

 

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 furthering their knowledge in molecular and cellular biology.

 

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduate students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge in biomolecular science, including an understanding of:

    1. the connection between molecular properties and cellular activities,

    2. the connection between cellular activities and biological responses,

    3. cellular structure and function, including chemical composition, physiochemical and functional organization of organelles, and basic cellular metabolism,

    4. major cellular processes, including DNA replication, gene regulation, protein structure and function, cell signaling, and differentiation,

    5. the role of molecular and cellular processes in human health and disease,

    6. 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.

 

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.

 

Course Component (24-27 credits)

BMS 500 Seminar in BMS 1

BMS 540 Advanced Topics in BMS 3-4

BMS 572 Laboratory Rotation in Cell and Molecular Biology 1

and biomolecular course electives (18-22 credits in BMS or related fields) from the following courses or others as approved by the advisor:

BMS 412 Human Physiology

(413) (with optional lab) 3-4

BMS 415 Advanced Exploration in Cell, Molecular &

Physiological Biology 3

BMS 505 Molecular Biology 4

BMS 506 Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics, and Metabolic Regulation

(497) (with optional lab) 3-4

BMS 516 Medical Microbiology 3

BMS 519 Physiology of Human Aging 3

BMS 540 Advanced Topics in BMS 3-4

BMS 562 Developmental Biology 3

BMS 570 Advanced Genetics 3

BMS 590 Focused Study in Advanced BMS 1-4

CHEM 456 Toxicology 3

CHEM 458 Advanced Biochemistry 3

BIO 416 Immunology 3

BIO 449 Plant Physiology

(450) (with optional lab) 3-4

 

Capstone Component (3-6 credits)

Plan A:

Option 1-BMS 599 Thesis (6 credits) and a thesis defense

or Option 2-BMS 599 Thesis (3 credits) and BMS 591 Independent Research Project in BMS (3 credits) and a thesis defense

 

or

 

Plan B:

BMS 591 Independent Research Project in BMS (3 credits) and a Comprehensive Exam.

 

Note: No more than 9 credits at the 400-level will be allowed in the graduate Planned Program of Study.

 

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.

 

Admission

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.

 

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 412/413 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.)

 

Official Certificate Program: Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Health Studies

The Department of Biomolecular Sciences contributes to the interdisciplinary Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Health Studies, a non-degree program designed for college graduates whose undergraduate background does not yet meet the requirements for admission to professional schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or other related fields. The CCSU Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (Pre-PAC) is responsible for admitting students to this program and for individually advising them upon entry. Both the Pre-PAC and this Official Certificate Program are described in more detail on the Pre-Health Studies page, linked here.

 

 

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