Course Information for Cell and Molecular Biology, M.S.

Curriculum Design

The Cell and Molecular Biology M.S. program is one of three Professional Science Master's program offered at Grand Valley State University.

Shared courses common to all three PSM programs are:

  • specific courses for critical content in each discipline
  • laboratory experiences essential for the development of requisite skill and knowledge sets
  • a common seminar series
  • a capstone course and internships to provide essential hands-on learning in the field

Common characteristics of all three PSM programs are:

  • interdisciplinary
  • non-thesis
  • involve both the university and its industry partners
  • emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, communication
  • scientific knowledge and technical skills
  • designed to integrate university coursework with business and industrial internships to better prepare students for the variety of career paths associated with the life science and health science industry

Program Options

The Cell and Molecular Biology Department offers both a research emphasis and biotechnology emphasis M.S. degree in an interdisciplinary program. Students in both emphases will have access to the same course offerings, while having the opportunity to achieve individual goals.

Research Emphasis

The Research Emphasis is the appropriate degree track for students who are interested in research and may consider continuing their education to earn a Ph.D. This emphasis offers traditional inquiry-based laboratory research culminating in a thesis.                                                                                                                    

Biotechnology Emphasis

The Biotechnology Emphasis is ideal for students aiming for a career working in, or managing, an applied science laboratory. It is a "Professional Science Master's" (PSM) program designed and developed in parallel with two new, similar programs in Biostatistics and Medical and Bioinformatics. This emphasis provides students with a practical and applied curriculum that is closely tied to the scientific workforce needs of business/industry and includes an intensive internship experience.