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Overview

The graduate program in Cell and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University offers research opportunities from a wide variety of fields to include the molecular and cellular aspects of cancer biology, infectious disease, metabolism (includes biofuels), neuroscience, plant biology, molecular physiology, gene expression, reproductive biology, developmental biology and structural biology.

Key facts:

Current focus areas of research include, but are not limited to: Cancer Biology; Genome Structure, Evolution, & Repair; Infectious Disease; Metabolism & Physiology; Microbiomes; Plant Molecular Biology; Prions & Neurobiology; Stem Cells, Reproduction & Development; Synthetic Biology.  Students are encouraged to complete coursework in computational/quantitative approaches. 

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular Regulation of Cell Function
  • Techniques in Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Seminar
  • STEM Communication

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in any of the biological, biochemical, or physical sciences
    • Includes a minimum of one year of biology, organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry and mathematics through differential & integral calculus
    • Additional courses in cell biology, microbiology, developmental biology, immunology, genetics, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, biophysics, physiology, anatomy, math, programming and statistics are taken in to consideration during evaluation for admission
  • Most recently completed degree meets minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • One official transcript from each institution attended, even when showing as a transfer credit
  • Three letters of recommendation (no standardized format)
  • Personal statement of interests and future goals
  • CV

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1432 USD/credit
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  • National

    584 USD/credit
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Living costs for Fort Collins

  • 1210 - 1800 USD/month
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