Molecular & Cellular Biology, MS
for the degree of Master of Science: Major in Molecular & Cellular Biology
The Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology (MS in MCB) at the University of Illinois provides a non-thesis, course-based degree program for those students interested in additional advanced preparation for professional or graduate school or for future careers in industry, government or academia. The goal of the program is to provide students with a strong and broad educational background and problem-solving skill set in molecular and cellular biology at the advanced level without requiring a research thesis component. While the MS in MCB program is suitable as preparation for a PhD program in MCB or related areas, it is uncommon for students to enter the MCB PhD program at the University of Illinois after finishing this degree.
The MS in MCB degree program serves primary two different audiences:
- Those students who wish to obtain a master’s degree during a post-baccalaureate gap year, but prior to admission to professional or graduate school, by deepening and broadening their scientific knowledge base to better prepare for the next degree program.
- Those students who plan to obtain employment in industry, government, or nongovernmental organizations, where additional coursework at the advanced level would enhance their competitiveness, and in particular, where their laboratory skills could be bolstered through advanced laboratory courses without the necessity of conducting a research-based thesis project.
Students will take foundation and advanced courses from an approved list in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, choosing from a wide range of course topics, including biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell biology, microbiology, neurobiology, systems and computational biology, and advanced laboratory methods. Students will take advanced lecture, discussion, and seminar courses that hone scientific critical reading, analytical thinking, and communication skills that are highly desirable for advanced degree programs and future employers.
The MS in MCB degree requires a minimum of two full-time semester, which can be completed within one year, depending on prior education and experience. Some students may choose to take up to two years to complete, if they hold outside employment, but it is intended to be completed within two years. To maintain active status in the program, students must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours in 400- or 500-level MCB courses per semester.
Students entering the MS in MCB program will be expected to have completed a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college or university with undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, calculus and English composition. Applicants must have completed the last 60 hours of coursework with grades of B (3.0 on a scale of 1 to 4) or better. Deficiencies in these areas will require additional coursework, as necessary, for successful completion of the degree.
for the degree of Master of Science Major in Molecular & Cellular Biology
Minimum required major and supporting course work: To maintain active status in the program students must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours in 400- or 500-level MCB courses per semester. A course-based master's degree requires a minimum of two full-time semesters.
|One 3- or 4-hour 400-level course from each of 4 disciplinary areas:||12-14|
|Area 1: Biochemistry|
|Gene Expression & Regulation|
|Physical Chemistry Principles (sxn B)|
|Technqs Biochem & Biotech|
|Area 2: Cell & Developmental Biology|
|Cancer Cell Biology|
|Developmental Biology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine|
|Basic Human Pathology|
|Cell Structure and Dynamics|
|Special Topics Mol Cell Biol (sxn ECB: Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab)|
|Area 3: Microbiology|
|Microbial Pathogens Laboratory|
|Cellular Microbiology &Disease|
|Computing in Molecular Biology|
|Evolution of Infectious Disease|
|Special Topics Mol Cell Biol (sxn EGD: Exploring Genomic Data)|
|Special Topics Mol Cell Biol (sxn VIR: Viral Pathogenesis & Evolution)|
|Area 4: Molecular & Integrative Physiology|
|Cell & Membrane Physiology|
|Sys & Integrative Physiology|
|Brain, Behavior & Info Process|
|Cell & Molecular Neuroscience|
|Human Metabolic Disease|
|Special Topics Mol Cell Biol (sxn FIP: Frontiers in Physiology)|
|Special Topics Mol Cell Biol (sxn HMG: Human Medical Genomics)|
|Special Topics Mol Cell Biol (sxn UNK: unnamed Physiology Lab)|
|Electives Hours Required||6-8|
|Advanced Molecular Genetics|
|Advanced Microbial Genetics|
|Special Topics Cell Devel Biol (sxn LJS: Genomic Biology Workshop)|
|Special Topics Cell Devel Biol (sxn THD: Topics in Health & Disease)|
|Special Topics Cell Devel Biol (sxn VM: Viruses of Microbes)|
|Adv Bacterial Pathogenesis|
|Advanced Microbial Physiology|
|Advanced Microbial Metabolism|
|Advanced Cellular Microbiology|
|Enzyme Reaction Mechanisms|
|Anlys Biochemical Literature|
Other courses may be available See MS MCB Program Office for review request.
|Minimum 500-level Hours Required||12|
|Total Hours Required||32|
|Minimum 500-level Hours Required:||12|
|Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit:||8|
|Courses taken "credit/no credit" may not be used toward degree requirements.|
|Courses, or their equivalents, taken as an undergraduate/prior to admission to this program, may not be counted toward the requirements for this program.|
|MCB 450 is only available to students who have not already taken MCB 354 or the equivalent.|
For additional details and requirements refer to the MS MCB Program Handbook and the Graduate College Handbook.