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Graduate Study

Admission and


of Study

Members of
Graduate Studies




Cell and Molecular Biology

Degrees Offered
Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

Facilities of this interdisciplinary program include those maintained by the participating programs in biochemistry; ecology, evolution, and behavior; microbiology; nutrition; and plant biology.

Areas of Study

Cell and molecular biology encompasses disciplines in biochemistry, biology, and nutrition. Physics, mathematics, chemistry, and computer sciences support the degree programs in cell and molecular biology. University programs in pharmacy, chemical engineering, and biomedical engineering also include study in cell and molecular biology.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2000-2001.

Creed W. Abell
Eric V. Anslyn
Dean R. Appling
Karen Artzt
Nigel S. Atkinson
Angela Belcher
Susan Bergeson
George D. Bittner
Henry R. Bose Jr.
R. Malcolm Brown Jr.
Karen Browning
Jim Bull
Clarence S. M. Chan
Steven D. Clarke
David P. Crews
Kevin N. Dalby
Arturo De Lozanne
Su Dharmawardhane
Jaquelin P. Dudley
Charles F. Earhart Jr.
Andrew Ellington
Mark A. Estelle
Janice Fischer
George Georgiou
Ellen Gottlieb
Paul D. Gottlieb
Robin R. Gutell
Marvin L. Hackert
Adron Harris
Rasika M. Harshey
David L. Herrin
David M. Hillis
David W. Hoffman
Jon M. Huibregtse
Brent L. Iverson
Vishwanath R. Iyer
Robert K. Jansen
Makkuni Jayaram
Arlen W. Johnson
Kenneth A. Johnson
Christopher Jolly
Josef A. Kas
Sean M. Kerwin
G. Barrie Kitto
     Kimberly Kline
Robert M. Krug
William A. Kuziel
Alan M. Lambowitz
Hung-Wen (Ben) Liu
Alan Martin Lloyd
Paul Macdonald
Edward M. Marcotte
Stephen F. Martin
Mona Mehdy
Richard J. Meyer
John Mihic
Gary Miller
Ian J. Molineux
Jacek Nowakowski
Theresa O'Halloran
David M. Parichy
Tanya T. Paull
Shelley M. Payne
Martin Poenie
George Pollak
Rebecca Richards-Kortum
John Richburg
Austen Fox Riggs II
Mendell Rimer
Jon D. Robertus
Stanley J. Roux Jr.
Miguel Salazar
Bob G. Sanders
Christine E. Schmidt
Marty Shankland
Jason B. Shear
David Stein
Paul J. Szaniszlo
John J. G. Tesmer
Wesley J. Thompson
Pamela J. Trotter
Philip W. Tucker
Peter D. Vize
James R. Walker
Christian P. Whitman
Harold Zakon
Bing Zhang

Admission Requirements

Applicants must provide evidence of strong accomplishment in the natural sciences, documented by undergraduate grades and a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in an area such as one of the biological sciences, chemistry, or physics. Preparation should include at least one year each of calculus, biochemistry, general physics, and biology. Deficiencies in undergraduate work, if not too extensive, may be made up during the student's first year in the graduate program.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts. The master's degree student must complete thirty semester hours of coursework and must submit a thesis based on individual research. He or she must also complete a series of core courses or demonstrate suitable proficiency in molecular biology techniques. The student's program of required courses and electives must include at least four graduate-level lecture courses and a laboratory course in biochemistry or molecular biology; it must also include at least two courses chosen from the section "Related Courses." The student must demonstrate proficiency in laboratory research and teaching by participating in these activities.

Doctor of Philosophy. The doctoral degree program requires the student to accomplish creative, independent research and to document the research in a scholarly dissertation. In preparation, the student must acquire a strong foundation in biochemistry, molecular genetics, and cell biology and a working knowledge of the area of biology in which he or she intends to conduct research. This preparation is provided by the core courses and electives required for the master's degree. The student must earn a grade of at least B in each core course. To be admitted to candidacy for the degree, the student must formulate a feasible research program and pass a qualifying examination.

For More Information

Campus address: Louise and James Robert Moffett Molecular Biology Building (MBB) 1.220H, phone (512) 471-2150, fax (512) 471-2149; campus mail code: A4810

Mailing address: Graduate Program in Cell and Molecular Biology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712



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Graduate Catalog
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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