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Biological Sciences - Cell Biology - M.S. and Ph.D. PDFDownload to print

College
College of Arts and Sciences
Department
Department of Biological Sciences

256 Cunningham Hall
Tel: 330-672-3613
E-mail: kentbiology@kent.edu
Web: www.kent.edu/cas/biology

Description

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Biological Sciences–Cell Biology is an individualized program of study and research that prepares students for career opportunities in teaching and research in academic, governmental and industrial settings. A core series of courses sets a rigorous foundation in theory, experimental design and technical knowledge of contemporary investigations at the cellular level of organization. Areas of research include developmental biology, cellular and developmental neuroscience, immunology, reproductive biology, cellular endocrinology and molecular genetics.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biological Sciences–Cell Biology is an individualized program of study and research that prepares students for career opportunities in teaching and research in academic, governmental and industrial settings. A core series of courses gives a rigorous foundation in theory, experimental design and technical knowledge of contemporary investigations at the cellular level of organization. Areas of research include developmental biology, cellular and developmental neuroscience, immunology, reproductive biology, cellular endocrinology and molecular genetics.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the M.S.: official transcript(s); 3.0 GPA; GRE (general test); goal statement; three letters of recommendation; acceptance of the student by a faculty advisor; list of up to five potential faculty advisors; and undergraduate coursework roughly equivalent to a Biology minor.

Admission into the Ph.D.: official transcript(s); GRE; goal statement; three letters of recommendation; list of up to five potential faculty advisors; baccalaureate in the natural sciences with a minimum of two years of chemistry, one year of calculus, one year of physics and two years of biology, including genetics, plant or animal physiology and morphology. Deficiencies at the time of admission shall be rectified during the first year of graduate study. Before admission can be completed, a prospective student must be accepted by a faculty member in the program who will act as advisor.

Please refer to the University policy for graduate admissions.  

Graduation Requirements

M.S.: Minimum 32 total credit hours.

Ph.D.: Minimum 60 total credit hours.

Thesis/ Dissertation

M.S.: A thesis and final defense is required.

Ph.D.: Dissertation and final defense is required.

Students must complete a minimum of 32 hours of graduate coursework, which includes a minimum of 14 hours of formal graduate coursework and six credits of Thesis I. After completing 6 hours of Thesis I, continual registration for Thesis II is required. Students are required to present at least one departmental seminar about their research.

  1. Students must enroll in appropriate coursework for their focus area, including courses in their major area. Students majoring in Cell Biology must take appropriate, available courses in cell and molecular biology.
  2. Students in the Cell Biology program must take at least one course in each of the following areas: Cell biology/molecular biology (such as Eukaryotic Cell Biology) and biochemistry (such as Bioenergetics). Students are required to enroll in at least one graduate level statistics course.
  3. All students are required to attend seminar; students must enroll in seminar each semester in Physiology.
  4. Students should enroll in additional courses that provide necessary skills for completion of research projects and that will be beneficial for their professional development.
  5. Students who will serve as teaching assistants are required to take BSCI 60194 College Teaching in Biology their first semester (or for those starting in Spring, the following Fall).
  6. Students must complete the required OSHA Training Session prior to working with radioactive materials.
  7. Students with coursework deficits in curricula of prior degrees, should enroll in appropriate graduate-level courses (permission must be obtained form the department to enroll in undergraduate-level courses)

Prospectus: An M.S. student begins research by successfully preparing, presenting and defending a formal prospectus for their research project to their committee.

Thesis and Final Defense: The student must complete a master's thesis. It is expected that the student will present the results of their study in a defense open to students and faculty. The thesis must be presented and defended before the Guidance Committee with not more than one negative vote in order to be recommended to the Department and College of Arts and Sciences for degree conferral.