The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

MS in Molecular Biology

The overwhelming developments and advances in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, and the environment are mostly due to the recent achievements and breakthroughs in the field of molecular biology, basically through a better understanding of genetic systems. Molecular biology methodologies are now employed in environmental studies, and in remediation of polluted ecosystems. They have direct applications in the fields of infertility, hormonal and immune disorders, and genetic diagnosis and therapy. They are employed in the production of new therapeutic drugs, growth factors, vaccines, foods, and much needed novel bio-molecules.


The MS in Molecular Biology curriculum comprises a total of 30 credits, distributed as follows:

I. MS Core Courses (9 credits)

Number Course Cr
BIO805 Protein Research Methods 3
BIO806 Genomics Research Methods 3
BIO822 Advanced Molecular Biology 3

II. M.S. Elective Courses (15 credits)

Number Course Cr
BIO841 Molecular Physiology 3
BIO820 Applied and Industrial Microbiology 3
BIO825 Diagnostic Microbiology and Immunology 3
BIO850 Genomics and Proteomics 3
BIO826 Advances in Cell Biology 3
BIO829 Endocrinology and Metabolism 3
BIO834 Environmental Health and Toxicology 3
BIO852 Nutrition and Diet Therapy 3
BIO848 Fungal Genetics and Pathogenicity 3
BIO845 Diagnostic and Applied Physiology 3
BIO835 Microbial Pathogenesis 3
BIO888 Current Topics in Microbiology 3
BIO881 Special Topics in Biology 3

III. Thesis (6 credits)

Number Course Cr
BIO899 Thesis 6

The thesis can be in the following fields of research: Molecular Biology, Molecular Microbiology, Human Genetics, Fungal Genetics, Molecular Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Cell and Cancer Biology, Physiology and Nutrition.

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