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2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Molecular Biology, M.A.

An applicant for the M.A. degree in Molecular Biology is generally expected to have an equivalent of a B.S. degree in a field related to Molecular Biology. Prior to admission to the program, an applicant needs to contact the Molecular Biology department professor directly to determine if they may be interested in serving as the student’s potential adviser. Once a future graduate adviser agrees to accept a student into their lab, an applicant can apply to the Molecular Biology Graduate program. Admissions to the program are allowed in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Additional information on graduate student regulations and policies, including transfer credit and credit reserved from undergraduate courses, is located here: (http://www.uwyo.edu/registrar/university_catalog/grad_students.html)

The pursuit of an M.A. degree in Molecular Biology is suitable for students interested in obtaining a master’s degree that does not necessarily include laboratory work. Students who intend to pursue education in medical, dental, veterinary or law schools may choose to pursue an M.A. in Molecular Biology before continuing their education. An appropriate research project is selected in consultation with the M.A. degree candidate and their graduate adviser. Student performance is monitored by a thesis committee that will evaluate a student’s written thesis, public seminar, and oral thesis defense. A student pursuing an M.A. degree should not have expectations of financial support. Students pursing the M.A. degree in Molecular Biology usually complete their program in two academic semesters plus two summer semesters.



Requirements for M.A. degree in Molecular Biology

An M.A. degree student, in consultation with their graduate committee, must design a Program of Study that includes a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit. Specific requirements for the M.A. Program in Molecular Biology are listed below.

  • 3 credits of Advanced Biochemistry MOLB 5600   with a minimum grade of B.
    • This requirement may be fulfilled if a student has already received a minimum grade of B in MOLB 4600 , MOLB 5600 , or transfer credits for an equivalent biochemistry course taken at another university (equivalency is determined by the student’s graduate committee).
  • 6 credits minimum of a 5000-level MOLB course from the following list: MOLB 5400 , MOLB 5440 , MOLB 5450 , MOLB 5460 , MOLB 5610 , MOLB 5670 , MOLB 5680 .
  • 4 credits of the seminar presentation course MOLB 5050   (2 credits of MOLB 5050 must be taken the first semester a student enrolls in the graduate program)
  • Students are required to enroll in the departmental seminar course each semester: MOLB 5051  during the academic year; MOLB 5052   in the summer semester
  • Other credits as determined by the student in consultation with their graduate committee