STEM Designation: This program is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)-designated by the Department of Homeland Security. For more information, please see https://www.newhaven.edu/admissions/stem-designated-programs.php
1. Students will exhibit mastery of advanced cell and molecular biology content
2. Students will be able to critically analyze primary literature from cell and molecular biology journals
3. Students will employ appropriate experimental design and formulate testable hypothesis
4. Students will effectively communicate scientific principles and data verbally or in writing
5. Students will be able to utilize basic and advanced laboratory techniques, computational tools and equipment.
A minimum of 38 to 39 credit hours of graduate work must be completed to earn the Master of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Candidates for the program must have a background in biology, chemistry or a related field with specific course work that includes genetics or molecular biology, general and organic chemistry and biochemistry.
The program has both thesis and non-thesis options. Students who elect the thesis option must carry out an original thesis research project under the guidance of University of New Haven faculty, by taking a minimum of 9 credit hours of thesis related research courses: CMBI 7695 - Independent Study for Thesis Preparation, CMBI 7698 - Thesis I and CMBI 7699 - Thesis II, over a minimum of three academic terms. The Thesis option can be elected after a minimum of 9 credits hours of graduate study with a minimum GPA of 3.3, and approval of the program coordinator. Thesis preparation and submission must comply with the graduate policy on theses as well as all requirements for the department.
Students choosing a non-thesis option are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours of laboratory course work in addition to a written comprehensive exam. The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to assess the candidate's understanding of their course work and to evaluate the ability of the candidate to synthesize research and theory in the field of cellular and molecular biology and to present this information in an effective written format. After a minimum of 18 credits of graduate course work, non-thesis students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 may elect 3 credit hours of research, consisting of CMBI 6690 - Research Project, or CMBI 6688 - Internship I, upon the approval of the program coordinator.