Cell, Molecular and Structural Biology (CMSB)- M.S., Ph.D.

For information, contact:
Chair of CMSB Admission Committee
Department of Zoology
212 Pearson Hall (513-529-3100)

E-mail: cmsb@muoiho.edu

Cell, Molecular and Structural Biology is a multi-disciplinary program that seeks to identify and understand the molecules that collectively form the basis of all life.

Program requirements

Core courses:

Select one course from each of the four areas listed below:


CHM 532 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4)

CHM 533 Biochemistry (3)

Cell Biology:

BOT/MBI/ZOO 606 Advanced Cell Biology (3)

Molecular Biology:

BOT/MBI/ZOO 605 Advanced Molecular Biology (3)

Structural Biology:

BOT/ZOO 582 Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory (2)

BOT/ZOO 583 Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory (2)

Note: Enrollment in BOT/ZOO 582 or 583 requires completion of, or current enrollment, in BOT/ZOO 581 or equivalent.

CHM 760P Protein X-Ray Crystallography (2)

CHM 770R Biological Magnetic Resonance (2)


BOT/CHM/MBI/ZOO 650 Seminar in Molecular Biology (1)

Two semesters for M.S.

Four semesters for Ph.D.

Additional course work appropriate to student's area of interest will be determined by student's dissertation/thesis committee in accordance with Graduate School requirements.

Dissertation/Thesis Committee

The student, in consultation with his/her advisor, will set up a thesis committee (M.S.) by the end of the second semester in the program or a dissertation committee (Ph.D.) by the end of the third semester in the program. These committees must be approved by the CMSB Director and the Graduate School.

M.S. Thesis Committee: Advisor and two other faculty members participating in the CMSB Program (total = 3).

Ph.D. Dissertation Committee: Advisor, at least three other faculty members from the CMSB Program, plus one additional faculty member who is not from the student's host department to serve as the Graduate School representative (total = 5).

Comprehensive Examination:

M.S. - none

Ph.D. - written grant proposal on topic not related to dissertation work followed by oral defense of the proposal. Both written and oral components of the exam must be passed. The comprehensive examination should be completed by the end of the fifth semester in residence.

Thesis or Dissertation Proposal:

Each student will present and defend a thesis or dissertation proposal to his/her thesis or dissertation committee. This should be done by the end of the third semester (M.S. students) or the end of the sixth semester (Ph.D. students) in residence.

Other requirements:

CMSB students will be expected to participate in pedagogy training prior to assuming their teaching duties. Students teaching Chemistry laboratories will attend training offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Students teaching BOT/MBI/ZOO 115/116 laboratories will attend pedagogy training offered by one of the biological sciences departments. The CMSB Director, in consultation with participating departmental Graduate Advisory Committees, will assign CMSB students to appropriate departmental pedagogy training. CMSB students will also be expected to serve on CMSB and host department committees and otherwise participate in activities required of graduate students from the host department.

This structure will provide the necessary flexibility for an interdisciplinary program. The dissertation committee will be responsible for helping the student select courses that will appropriately train the student in the broad area of Cell, Molecular, and Structural Biology, with the specialization required for their particular research area. The committee will also administer the comprehensive examination for Ph.D. students, give guidance for thesis or dissertation research, and will be responsible for conducting the thesis or dissertation defense.

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