MS in MCB

This Master’s degree program is directed toward students who want advanced preparation for professional school (MD, DO, DVM, PharmD, etc.) or future careers in industry, government, or academia. This degree program is a terrific opportunity for students interested in the biomedical field who are planning to go into the health professions. The purpose of this degree program is to provide an educational option for advanced study in the field of molecular and cellular biology without requiring a research thesis component. While the MS in MCB program is suitable as preparation for a PhD program in MCB or related areas, it is uncommon for students to enter the MCB PhD program at the University of Illinois after finishing this degree.

Program Information

Information about the degree program and its requirements can be found in our MS MCB Instructional Program document. Course descriptions are located at the bottom of this page.

Program Office

127 Burrill Hall, MC-119
407 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
phone: (217) 244-6239
msmcb@mcb.illinois.edu

Financial Information

For information on current graduate tuition and fees, please visit the Office of the Registrar's "Tuition & Fee Rates" page.

Enrollment for this program requires a minimum of two full-time semesters. Credit hours will range from 6–12 (or more) each semester, depending on course availability, international/domestic status, and student goals. International students are required to register for 12 credit hours to maintain F-1/J-1 student status.

Fees can vary based on the individual applicant. For more information, please visit the Office of the Registrar's "Fee Information" page. None of these costs include housing, transportation or other living expenses.

Please consult msmcb@mcb.illinois.edu for additional information.

Apply

You can apply to this program by visiting the Graduate College.

Application Deadline

Spring 2020 Deadline: September 15, 2019

Fall 2020 Deadline: December 1, 2019

To receive full consideration, ALL application materials need to be received by the application deadline.

Courses

MCB 400 Cancer Cell Biology credit: 3 Hours.

Principles of eukaryotic cell biology with an emphasis on cancer cell biology; consideration of molecular and fine structural components of the cell with an emphasis on experimental analysis of the relationship of structure to function of gene, membrane, cytoskeleton, and extracellular matrix. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 250, MCB 251, MCB 252, MCB 253, and credit or concurrent registration in MCB 354 or MCB 450 or consent of instructor.

MCB 401 Cell & Membrane Physiology credit: 3 Hours.

Foundational principles of cellular physiology. Topics include solute/water transport, membrane bio electricity, action potentials, ion channel physiology, neuromuscular transmission, muscle physiology, and central neurophysiology and plasticity. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 252 or consent of instructor.

MCB 402 Sys & Integrative Physiology credit: 3 Hours.

Examines human systems physiology. Topics to be covered include the nervous and endocrine systems, muscle physiology, cardiac physiology, respiratory physiology, blood and immune homeostasis, renal physiology, and gastrointestinal physiology and energy homeostasis. Special emphasis is on homeostatic control and integration of body systems in both health and disease. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 252 or consent of instructor.

MCB 406 Gene Expression & Regulation credit: 3 Hours.

Provides in-depth and up-to-date coverage of gene expression and regulation. Lectures are centered on the principles of regulating gene expression in eukaryotic cells. The course covers macromolecule structure and function in gene expression; molecular mechanisms of the key gene expression events including transcription, RNA processing, localization and translation. Applications of these principles in medicine and therapeutics such as aging, cancer and drug design are also discussed. Same as BIOC 406. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 354 or consent of instructor.

MCB 410 Developmental Biology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine credit: 3 Hours.

Survey of molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in development and growth of animals, as well as recent advancement in stem cell and Regenerative medicine research. Topics to be covered include fertilization and early cell lineage, body axis formation, gastrulation, neural induction and patterning, segmentation, and other aspects of pattern formation including organogenesis and limb development, as well as embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, adult stem cells, regeneration and regenerative medicine. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 252 or consent of instructor.

MCB 413 Endocrinology credit: 3 Hours.

Physiology and biochemistry of the endocrine system and its hormones with special reference to vertebrates and to human endocrine disorders. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 252 or consent of instructor. One semester of biochemistry is recommended.

MCB 421 Microbial Genetics credit: 3 Hours.

Prokaryotic microbial genetic systems; emphasis on typical data analyses, together with the basic classes of genetic phenomena. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 300 or consent of instructor.

MCB 424 Microbial Biochemistry credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the biochemical ecology of diverse microbial groups with emphasis on anaerobic systems. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 250 and MCB 354 or MCB 450, or consent of instructor.

MCB 426 Bacterial Pathogenesis credit: 3 Hours.

Emphasizes prokaryotes that cause important diseases in humans and other animals; host-parasite bacteriology; and chemistry and genetics of mechanisms of pathogenesis. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 300 and MCB 354, or consent of instructor.

MCB 428 Microbial Pathogens Laboratory credit: 2 Hours.

Laboratory study of methods of recognition and differentiation, diagnostic tests, and mechanisms of bacterial and viral pathogenesis. Topics include infections of the urinary tract, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, and sexually transmitted diseases. 2 undergraduate hours. 2 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 300 and MCB 301 or consent of instructor.

MCB 429 Cellular Microbiology &Disease credit: 3 Hours.

Emphasizes cell biology of infectious diseases, using cellular, molecular, and animal models. Will stress molecular cross-talk that drives host-pathogen interactions, state-of-the art approaches for investigating host and microbial cell and molecular biology, latest paradigms in host cell biology, and, the evolutionary basis by which pathogens can manipulate host cell cytoskeleton, membranes, organelles, cell cycle, gene expression, and signaling in eukaryotic cells. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 300 and MCB 354 or consent of instructor.

MCB 432 Computing in Molecular Biology credit: 3 Hours.

Examination of computational aspects of biology with an emphasis on the relationships between biological questions and their recastings as mathematical or logical problems. Topics are drawn from biochemistry, genetics, molecular sequence analysis, and molecular structure. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 250, MCB 252, MCB 354, and calculus I (MATH 220 or MATH 221), and calculus II (MATH 231) or biostatistics (STAT 212); or consent of instructor.

MCB 436 Global Biosecurity credit: 1 Hours.

Designed to provide students with broad coverage of key areas of scientific, legal, social, ethical, and political aspects of biosecurity, emphasizing current problems and research in the areas of biodefense, emerging infectious diseases, synthetic biology, and other topics. In combination with related reading assignments, the weekly special topics-based seminar will integrate knowledge of modern biomedical research, advances in biotechnology, and natural and manmade biological threats with the skills to analyze and develop public policies and strategies for enhancing global biosecurity. 1 undergraduate hour. 1 graduate hour. Prerequisite: MCB 150 or the equivalent or consent of instructor.

MCB 446 Physical Biochemistry credit: 3 Hours.

Same as CHEM 472 and BIOC 446. Physical properties of biological macromolecules, with the emphasis on spectroscopic methods, including UV, visible and FTTR spectroscopies, magnetic resonance techniques as well as X-ray diffraction methods.

MCB 450 Introductory Biochemistry credit: 3 Hours.

Chemistry and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, vitamins, and coenzymes and their relation to the regulation and processes of organisms, cells, and subcellular components. Students who enter the University Fall 2011 or later are responsible for additional course-based tuition of $300 unless they are already paying differential tuition during the term of course enrollment. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Credit is not given for both MCB 450 and MCB 354. Prerequisite: CHEM 232 or CHEM 236, or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Not intended for students in the MCB or biochemistry curricula.

MCB 461 Cell & Molecular Neuroscience credit: 3 Hours.

Designed as an in-depth foundation course for graduate and undergraduate students with strong neuroscience interests. Covers up-to-date cellular and molecular neurobiology (including basic principles of neuronal function, signaling, and plasticity) and introductory brain anatomy that underlie brain function and animal behaviors. Pathogenic mechanisms of neurological diseases and disorders from the latest research will be heavily explored. Same as NEUR 461. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 252, MCB 250 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. May be taken concurrently with MCB 462.

MCB 462 Integrative Neuroscience credit: 3 Hours.

Employs integrative, multi-level systems approaches to nervous system and behavior. Focuses on neural circuits in sensory integration, pattern generation, the integration of sensation, internal states and learning in behavioral decision, the neuronal natures of pain, sleep, and biological rhythms, neuroeconomics, new vistas in neural modeling and interfacing brain and machine. Students are presented in neuroethological contexts of evolution and the economics of behavior and physiology. Same as NEUR 462. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 252 or consent of instructor. May be taken concurrently with MCB 461.

MCB 465 Human Metabolic Disease credit: 3 Hours.

Examination of the molecular and physiological basis of human metabolic disease. Disruption of metabolic and energy homeostasis plays key roles leading to metabolic disorders. We will examine how lipid/glucose levels and energy balance are controlled in health and how they are abnormally regulated in disease sates. In addition, we will cover current topics related to control of metabolism including aging and circadian rhythms. Methodologies leading to scientific discoveries and potential preventive and therapeutic agents will also be discussed. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 250, MCB 252, or consent of instructor.

MCB 471 Cell Structure and Dynamics credit: 3 Hours.

Molecular basis of cellular organization focusing on how cells secrete, move, adhere, divide, communicate, and die. Material will emphasize critical analysis of experiments, current controversies and hypothesis testing. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: MCB 250 and MCB 252 or consent of instructor. Prior or concurrent enrollment in MCB 354 desirable.

MCB 493 Special Topics Mol Cell Biol credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Discussion of current topics of interest within the broad domain of molecular and cellular biology; seminar or lecture format. Topics vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

MCB 502 Advanced Molecular Genetics credit: 4 Hours.

An advanced course in molecular genetics. Emphasis is on research methodology and current problems.

MCB 521 Advanced Microbial Genetics credit: 1 Hours.

Advanced level, primary literature-based discussion course on microbial genetics. Graduate level companion course for MCB 421. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in MCB 421 or consent of instructor.

MCB 526 Adv Bacterial Pathogenesis credit: 1 Hours.

Advanced primary literature-based discussion course on bacterial pathogenesis. Graduate level companion course for MCB 426. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in MCB 426 or consent of instructor.

MCB 529 Special Topics Cell Devel Biol credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Discussion of current topics of interest in higher eukaryotic cellular and molecular biology, development, neurobiology; seminar or lecture format. Topics vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MCB 532 Advanced Microbial Physiology credit: 1 Hours.

Advanced primary literature-based discussion course on microbial physiology. Graduate level companion course for MCB 431. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior registration in MCB 431 or consent of instructor.

MCB 534 Advanced Microbial Metabolism credit: 1 Hours.

Advanced primary literature-based discussion course on microbial metabolism. Graduate level companion course for MCB 424. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in MCB 424 or consent of instructor.

MCB 539 Advanced Cellular Microbiology credit: 1 Hours.

Advanced primary literature-based discussion course on cellular microbiology and underlying infectious diseases. Graduate level companion course for MCB 429. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in MCB 429 or consent of instructor.

MCB 553 Enzyme Reaction Mechanisms credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Same as CHEM 572. Introduction to the catalytic strategies used by enzymes for accelerating chemical reactions using a combination of kinetics, enzymology, and structural information. Application of gene databases to infer evolutionary relationships among catalytic mechanisms.

MCB 555 Anlys Biochemical Literature credit: 2 Hours.

Discussions of current research and literature. Required of all graduate students whose major is biochemistry. Same as BIOC 555. Prerequisite: Second year graduate standing in biochemistry or consent of instructor.