Curriculum Requirements for Graduate Students Seeking a Minor in MCDB

Graduate students studying at Iowa State University with an interest in completing a MCDB minor for their Ph.D. are required to complete the following curriculum requirements.

Students MUST be approved for the minor by the MCDB program and must follow Graduate College guidelines for POS Committee membership.


Graduate students wishing to seek a minor in MCDB are encouraged to contact the MCDB Interdepartmental Graduate Program Coordinator for further information.  Inquiries can be submitted to mcdb@iastate.edu.

 

MCDB Minor Curriculum at the PhD level includes:

Two semester sequence of Biochemistry (either BBMB404/405 or BBMB 501/502)

BBMB 404 Biochemisry I 3 credits Fall
BBMB 405 Biochemistry II 3 credits Spring
BBMB 501 Comprehensive Biochemistry I 4 credits Fall
BBMB 502 Comprehensive Biochemistry II 4 credits Spring

 

One course from two of the following three areas: A) Cellular Biology, B) Developmental Biology, and C) Molecular Biology.

A) Cellular Biology Course Options
GDCB 528 Advances in Molecular Cell Biology 3 credits Alt. Fall, Even Years
BMS 575 Cell Biology 3 credits Fall
BBMB 645 Molecular Signaling 2 credits Alt. Spring, Odd Years
GDCB 545 Plant Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology*See Footnote 3 credits Alt. Fall, Odd Years

 

B) Developmental Biology Course Options
GDCB 533 Advances in Developmental Biology 3 credits Alt. Fall, Odd Years
GDCB 545 Plant Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology*See Footnote 3 credits Alt. Fall, Odd Years

 

C) Molecular Biology Course Options
MICRO 502 Microbial Genetics & Genomics 3 credits Alt. Fall, Even Years
GDCB 511 Molecular Genetics 3 credits Spring
VMPM 608 Molecular Virology 3 credits Alt. Fall, Even Years
BBMB 676 Biochemistry of Gene Expression in Eucaryotes 2 credits Alt. Spring, Even Years
GDCB 545 Plant Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology*See Footnote 3 credits Alt. Fall, Odd Years

*Footnote: GDCB 545 - Plant Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology may be used to fulfill any one of the required component areas.  This course may only be used once.

 

In addition to the above course requirements, MCDB graduate minors are required to register once for:
MCDB 698 Seminar in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology 1-2 credits Fall & Spring