Molecular & Integrative Physiology, MS

for the degree of Master of Science in Molecular & Integrative Physiology


head of department: Claudio Grosman

director of graduate studies: Lori Raetzman

mcb graduate admissions email: mcb-grad@illinois.edu


department website: https://mcb.illinois.edu/departments/mip

school website: https://mcb.illinois.edu

college website: https://las.illinois.edu


department office: 524 Burrill Hall, 407 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 333-1735


The Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology (MIP) does not admit students to the Molecular & Integrative Physiology MS degree program. Admission to graduate study is only through the PhD degree program. Information about the Molecular & Integrative Physiology degree PhD program can be found here.


Graduate Degree Program in Molecular & Integrative Physiology

Molecular & Integrative Physiology, PhD


The PhD program in molecular and integrative physiology is designed to provide individualized training in preparation for research and teaching careers in molecular, cellular, and integrative physiology. The objective of the training is to produce scientists who are technically competent and broadly educated. Students interested in the MIP PhD program must apply directly to the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. During the first semester, students perform three laboratory rotations, choosing from any laboratory in the School. Students select a laboratory for their thesis research in December and formally join the appropriate graduate program at that time.


Admission

Applicants interested in the Molecular & Integrative Physiology PhD program will need to apply directly to the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) PhD program, https://mcb.illinois.edu/graduate/gradprospect/.  The MCB PhD program is an umbrella program that requires admitted students to spend their first semester rotating among three different labs to explore their interests before joining one of our four departments. 

MCB Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree in biological or physical sciences, a grade point average of a 3.0 or higher (A = 4.0), prior research experience, and three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic and research background. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required. Applicants interested in pursuing a PhD in Molecular & Integrative Physiology should have a strong background in biology, chemistry, and mathematics.  In addition to these requirements, non-native English speaking applicants must attain a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) overall score of 96, with a score of at least 22 on the speaking section. MCB does not accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to show English proficiency. Graduate College requirements also apply.

for the degree of Master of Science in Molecular & Integrative Physiology


The Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology does not admit students to the Molecular & Integrative Physiology MS degree program.  Admission to graduate study is only through the PhD degree program.  Information about the Molecular & Integrative Physiology degree PhD program can be found here.   For additional details and requirements refer to the Department's Student Guide and the Graduate College Handbook

MCB 401
MCB 402
Cellular Physiology
and Sys & Integrative Physiology (College of Medicine M1 Physiology, both semesters, or equivalent, or proficiency exam.)
6
MCB 501Advanced Biochemistry4
MCB 502Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology4
MCB 509Curr Topics Mol & Int Physiol2
MCB 580Res Ethics & Responsibilities1
Six credit hours taken from the department's Course Menu. See Course List tab.6
Required registration in MIP 595 each semester until passing the qualifying exam0-8
MCB 581
MCB 582
MCB 583
Laboratory Rotation I
and Laboratory Rotation II
and Laboratory Rotation III
9
Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Number of 500-level Hours Required Overall in Program: 12
Students whose native language is other than English are required to have passed the SPEAK test before taking the Qualifying Examination.
Passing the qualifying exam is required.
All core courses must be completed with grades of B or above.
Minimum GPA: 2.75

Department Course Menu

Lecture Format
MCB 400Cancer Cell Biology3
MCB 408Immunology3
MCB 410Developmental Biology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine3
MCB 413Endocrinology3
MCB 419Brain, Behavior & Info Process3
MCB 429Cellular Microbiology &Disease3
MCB 431Microbial Physiology3
MCB 432Computing in Molecular Biology3
MCB 442Comparative Immunobiology4
MCB 461Cell & Molecular Neuroscience3
MCB 462Integrative Neuroscience3
MCB 571Bioinformatics4
MCB 480Eukaryotic Cell Signaling2
MCB 493Special Topics Mol Cell Biol (Human Metabolic Disease)1 to 4
ECE 480Magnetic Resonance Imaging3 or 4
ANSC 445Statistical Methods4
ANSC 542Applied Bioinformatics4
ANSC 554Immunobiological Methods3
Journal-Club Format
MCB 530Reproductive Physiol Seminar1
Laboratory Format
MCB 403Cell & Membrane Physiology Lab1 or 2
MCB 404Sys & Integrative Physiol Lab1 to 2
BIOC 455Technqs Biochem & Biotech4
ECE 415Biomedical Instrumentation Lab2
These courses need to be approved to count:
Special Topics Mol Cell Biol
Special Topics in Cell and Developmental Biology
Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
MIP Seminars in Physiology