Central Connecticut State University

School of Graduate Studies

Cell and Molecular Biology: Official Certificate Program


P.O. Box 4010

New Britain, CT 06050

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

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 Requirements Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree to participate in the program. The application requires official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended other than CCSU 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 and may either be part-time or full-time. Matriculated students 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/ Human Physiology 413 (with lab) BMS 505 Molecular Biology BMS 506/ Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics, 497 and Metabolic Regulation(with lab) BMS 540 Advanced Topics in BMS BIO 449/ Plant Physiology/ 450 Investigations in Plant Physiology Elective Component: 7–9 credits elected from any additional Laboratory Science course(s) listed above and/or from the following: BMS 412 Human Physiology BMS 415 Advanced Exploration in Cell, Molecular & Physiological Biology BMS 506 Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics, and Metabolic Regulation BMS 516 Medical Microbiology BMS 519 Physiology of Human Aging BMS 540 Advanced Topics in BMS BMS 562 Developmental Biology BMS 570 Advanced Genetics BMS 590 Focused Study in Advanced BMS BIO 449 Plant Physiology BIO 416 Immunology CHEM 456 Toxicology CHEM 458 Advanced Biochemistry



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Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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