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Official Certificate Program: Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Cell and Molecular Biology (OCP 501)


Program Description:

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 a graduate program leading to a master’s degree. This post-baccalaureate certificate program provides these students a formal option for acquiring both advanced instruction and academic advisement.

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 Office of Continuing Education. 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.

Located in Copernicus Hall, the Biomolecular Sciences Department 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 a computer laboratory. Student-centered biomolecular research activity is also promoted, fostered, and supported by the Biotechnology Institute at CCSU, an interdisciplinary organization (housed in the Biomolecular Sciences Department) that is dedicated to developing graduates with excellent research skills.


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 background 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 (or BIO 121), BMS 190, 201, 290; and CHEM 121 and 122; 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 non-matriculated students are limited to less than nine credits/semester.

Career Outcomes:

Those who complete this Certificate Program can use this advanced training in their current careers to take on higher-level tasks and responsibilities. They will also be better positioned to pursue advanced degree programs in biomolecular sciences.


Program Sheet and Program Flowchart:

Official Certificate Program: Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Cell and Molecular Biology (OCP 501)

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Official Certificate Program: Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Cell and Molecular Biology (OCP 501)

Dr. Tom King kingT@ccsu.edu (832-2654)

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