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Facilities of this interdisciplinary program include those maintained by the participating programs in botany, biological sciences, microbiology, zoology, biochemistry, and nutrition.
Molecular biology encompasses disciplines in botany, biochemistry, microbiology, nutrition, and zoology. Physics, mathematics, chemistry, and computer sciences support the degree programs in molecular biology. University programs in pharmacy, chemical engineering, and biomedical engineering also include study in molecular biology.
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.
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 and must pass a preliminary examination. To be admitted to candidacy for the degree, the student must formulate a feasible research program and pass a qualifying examination.
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