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Molecular Biology

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Program description

Molecular Biology

Modern biology is based on a fundamental understanding of molecular processes. Recent advances in molecular biology have led to an explosion of knowledge about gene expression and the role gene products play in cell function. Undergraduate programs in molecular biology offer learning opportunities at the forefront of modern biology.

The molecular biology degree programs are designed to prepare students for the future by combining a foundation in basic sciences and humanities with a broad selection of courses in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and microbiology. Advanced undergraduates attend an outside speaker's program that includes some of the world's best-known scientists. Modern, well-equipped teaching and research laboratories contribute significantly to the educational experience of a student. All junior- and senior-level undergraduates are encouraged to participate in research projects with individual faculty members. Involvement in an active research program provides the student with an additional dimension of learning beyond what is assimilated in courses. A student learns to plan experiments, solve technical problems and experience scientific advances first hand. An undergraduate research project also promotes close interaction between the undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, staff and faculty.

Admission requirements

Program Specific Admission Requirements

A prospective student must apply to a Molecular Biology Department faculty member with whom they wish to work. Once a mentor has been identified, the student should apply to the graduate program of choice.

Candidates for all molecular biology graduate programs must have attained minimum entrance requirements, as specified by:

  1. Department of Molecular Biology graduate admission requirements, posted at university website, and
  2. University of Wyoming Graduate Student Regulations and policies, posted on the Office of the Registrar website

Instructions for applying to the Molecular Biology Graduate Degree Programs are posted at university website

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • General Microbiology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Introduction to Molecular Biology
  • Principles of Biochemistry
  • Laboratory Research in Molecular Biology
  • Student ­Seminar
  • Departmental Seminar
  • Summer Seminar
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Quantitative Microscopy
  • Investigations in Molecular Biology
  • Immunology
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Cell and Developmental Genetics
  • Microbial Physiology and Metabolism
  • Computers in Biology
  • Microbial Diversity and Ecology
  • Biochemistry 1: Bioenergetics and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry 2: Molecular Mechanisms
  • Advanced Molecular Cell Biology
  • Undergraduate Teaching Internship
  • Advanced Laboratory Research in Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Student Seminar
  • Molecular Monday
  • Current Topics in Cell Biology
  • Microbial and Synthetic Biology
  • Experimental Molec Genetics
  • Microbial Physiology and Metabolism I
  • Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences Laboratory Rotations
  • Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences Cornerstone
  • Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology
  • Practicum in College Teaching
  • Continuing Registration: On Campus
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Thesis Research
  • Dissertation Research
  • Internship


We expect that our graduating students will have a strong foundation in basic science, biochemistry and molecular biology that will enable them to:

  1. Understand the basis of multiple molecular mechanisms central to gene expression;
  2. Utilize basic molecular and microbiological laboratory techniques in future jobs or programs, and to develop a basic research project and trouble-shoot experimental challenges, especially if the student has participated in an undergraduate research project;
  3. Apply for graduate programs in molecular biology, microbiology or other life sciences;
  4. Begin employment as a laboratory research assistant in academia or the medical or agricultural biotechnology industries;
  5. Utilize a background in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology to promote success in the basic science curriculum in medical school or other health professional schools;
  6. Integrate a background in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology into career development in professions such as law, genetic counseling, or public health policy;
  7. Employ evidence-based scientific reasoning skills in evaluating the use of molecular genetics in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of medical disorders.

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