Cellular & Molecular Biology Concentration
The curriculum in Cellular and Molecular Biology offers students an integrated program of study and training in the biological and physical sciences. It is a pathway to graduate study in areas of biology and medicine that emphasizes a quantitative and analytical approach to the life sciences.
5-yr. B.S./M.S. Program in CMB and Biomedical Engineering
This program is designed for students enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. The program is jointly administered by the Department of MCDB (College of LS&A) and the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department (College of Engineering). A matriculating student will receive the B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB) from the College of LS&A and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering (BME) from the College of Engineering upon completion of all program requirements.
Students will be admitted to the program only after completing the first year of concentration prerequisites with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher. Admission to the program must be approved by advisors from the Departments of MCDB and BME.
Upon acceptance into the program, each student will be assigned two advisors, one in MCDB and one in BME. Student course selections must be approved by both advisors each term.
M.S. phase: A student is typically admitted to the M.S. phase at the end of the third year when the student achieves senior standing. For admission to the M.S. phase the student must minimally have completed all concentration prerequisites and be judged by both academic advisors as making satisfactory progress towards the B.S. At this time, the student must formally apply to the Rackham Graduate School for admission to the M.S. program in Biomedical Engineering. Students with a 3.2 GPA or higher in the B.S. concentration phase and who are judged by both academic advisors as making timely progress towards the B.S. will be automatically admitted to the M.S. phase. Other CMB students who have reached senior standing with a 3.2 GPA or higher and have fulfilled all concentration prerequisites, but did not previously apply to or were not admitted to the joint CMB/BME program may apply for admission to the M.S. phase. Students with senior standing will have two years to complete upper level undergraduate and graduate courses, simultaneously fulfilling requirements for both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Students will be charged graduate tuition for only one academic year. Students are never jointly enrolled in LS&A and Rackham; however, students can begin to take graduate BME courses as undergraduates with the permission of the instructor.