Admission Requirements

Admission and Standards of Performance

The admission requirements of the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program (CMB Program) include a bachelor’s degree in any of the biological, biochemical, or physical sciences with a minimum of one year of biology, organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry and mathematics through differential and integral calculus. Additional courses in cell biology, microbiology, developmental biology, immunology, genetics, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, biophysics, physiology, or anatomy are considered in evaluation for admission.

Promising students with deficiencies in entrance requirements may be accepted into the program, provided the deficiencies are corrected during the first year. This may be accomplished by passing an examination, by taking appropriate undergraduate courses, or by successfully completing graduate level courses that require the undergraduate courses as prerequisites. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the general examination are required. Three letters of recommendation are also required. Applications will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee.

International Student Applications

The CMB Program recognizes its obligation to educate students from other countries. These applicants must meet the same admission requirements as domestic applicants (including GRE requirements). In addition, they must show evidence of competence in the written and spoken English language [TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 80 (internet based)]. All international students who are accepted without support as teaching or research assistants must show evidence of adequate financial support to be admitted to the CMB program.

Standards of Performance

The progress of each student is evaluated annually by the Academic Committee and by the student’s Graduate Committee. Substandard performance in course work, laboratory rotation, or research is grounds for probation or dismissal from the program in accordance with the Graduate School guidelines. Each student must maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 in all course work taken during his/her graduate program at Colorado State University.