Cell Biology and Physiology
Application Deadlines
Fall:February 15
Spring:February 15
Summer:February 15
Contact Information: 
4006 LSB
Program Requirements: 

This MS degree program provides students with a sound understanding of current concepts in cell biology and physiology. The thesis research project teaches the fundamentals of scientific inquiry and trains the student in state-of-the-art research techniques. Submission of the thesis to a peer-reviewed journal is highly encouraged but not required.

Requirements for Degree

  • Credit hours (30): minimum 24 approved course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (CELL 699R).
  • Required courses (11 hours): Bio 503 (1 hour); CELL 582 or 601 (3 hours), 694R (2 hours), 696R (2 hours); Stat 511 or equivalent (3 hours).
  • A Seminar must be presented each year (CELL 694R)
  • Thesis: standard university thesis format or journal publication format.
  • Examinations: (A) course work oral examination; (B) oral defense of thesis.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests


Additional Requirements

Resume required

Document summarizing interest level, likely fit, and desire to conduct graduate research with at least 5 specific faculty members in the program.

Program Outcomes: 

Advanced Physiology and Developmental Biology

Students will describe the current state of the discipline in their area of specialization as well as foundational theories, concepts and practices of the field. Students will add new knowledge to their field through designing and conducting experimental procedures, analyzing the collected data, and determining how the new knowledge fits in with current understanding.

Critical Literature Analysis and Effective Communication

Critically evaluate current literature in the discipline and generate effective oral and written presentations.

Research Design and Experience

Successfully apply the scientific method by generating a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis through personal research that includes appropriate controls, and formulating defensible conclusions.

Independent Work and Thought

Work independently and think for oneself.