Degree Requirements: PSM in Biotechnology

The Cell and Molecular Biology Department offers both a Research emphasis and Biotechnology emphasis M.S. Degree in an interdisciplinary program. Students in the Biotechnology emphasis take coursework in CMB and courses and a seminar series in common with students in the other two Professional Science Master's programs. They also take an intensive internship that will provide hands-on learning in the field.

Overall requirements consist of 35 credits, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Consistent with GVSU policy, all courses must be completed within 8 consecutive years from entry into the first graduate course.

Required courses:

CMB 505: Advanced Cell Biology (3cr.)

CMB 506: Advanced Molecular Biology (3 cr.)

CMB 610: Foundations of Biotechnology* (3 cr.)

CMB 620: Cell and Tissue Culture (2 cr.)

CMB 626: Nucleic Acids Laboratory (3 cr.)

CMB 697: Colloquium in Biotechnology (capstone, 2 cr.)

CIS 661: Introduction to Medical/Bioinformatics* (3 cr.)

PSM 650: Ethics and Professionalism in Applied Science* (3 cr.)

PSM 691: Internship* (minimum of 4 cr.)

PSM 662: Seminar in Professional Science Practice* (2 cr.)

STA 622: Statistical Methods for Biologists* (3 cr.)

Courses with an * are shared in a common core with the other PSM programs; the PSM in Biostatistics and the PSM in Medical and Bioinformatics.

A minimum of 5 credits of electives are also required. These are selected in consultation with your advisor.

POTENTIAL SCHEDULE (2 years)

Fall Semester: First Year CMB 610: Foundations of Biotechnology* (3 cr.) STA 622: Statistical Methods for Biologists* (3 cr.) CMB 680-03: Scientific Communication (2 cr.) CMB 680-04: Lab Techniques in CMB (2 cr.)
Winter Semester: First Year CMB 506: Advanced Molecular Biology (3 cr.) CS 661: Introduction to Medical/Bioinformatics* (3 cr.) CMB 620: Cell and Tissue Culture (2 cr.)
Spring/Summer: First Year PSM 691: Internship* (minimum of 4 cr.)
Fall Semester: Second Year CMB 626: Nucleic Acids Laboratory (3 cr.) CMB 505: Advanced Cell Biology (3cr.) PSM 662: Seminar in Professional Science Practice* (2 cr.)
Winter Semester: Second Year CMB 697: Colloquium in Biotechnology (capstone, 2 cr.) CMB Elective II (2-3 cr.) PSM 650: Ethics and Professionalism in Applied Science* (3 cr.)

Possible Electives:

BIO 580: Special Topics in Biology (1 to 4 cr.)

BIO 680: Special Topics in Biology (1 to 3 cr.)

BMS 680: Special Topics in the Biomedical Sciences (1 to 3 cr.)

CMB 580: Special Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology (1 to 4 cr.)

CMB 680: Special Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology (1 to 4 cr.)

CMB 699: Grad Research in Cell and Molecular Biology (1 to 6 cr.)

STA 616: Statistical Programming (3 cr.)

CMB 551: Bioinformatics (3 cr.)

CMB 652: Computational Biology (3 cr.)

CMB 680-10: Molecular Ecology (3 cr.)