Graduate Curriculum

Our department offers an M.S. Graduate program, leading to an M.S. degree in Biotechnology. This program emphasizes lab research training, critical thinking, and formal course work. In order to complete this program, graduates majoring in biotechnology  should finish at least 30 semester-credit units of courses (including six units of M.S. Thesis Research) before graduating. Out of 30 units of courses, 15 units are for required courses; at least 15 units are for elective courses. Required courses will equip them with a good foundation in molecular cell biology & functional genomics, and allow them to develop their ability to think critically & logically and to carry out independent research. Also, our dept. along with others of CMU offers lots of elective courses which should allow them to broaden and/or deepen their knowledge horizon.

While students begin their formal M.S. thesis research during their second year, they will have the opportunity to choose one of our 15 faculty labs and begin their preliminary research and scientific literature reading of a chosen area under the guidance of one specific faculty supervisor during their first year. Our faculty research interests span a broad spectrum of biological science & technology, ranging from cancer biology through Chinese herbal medicine to nanobiotechnology. By the end of their first year, students should have acquired both strong lab skills and sufficient knowledge of a specific research area, necessary for conducting successfully their thesis research. Students will take their preliminary oral exams to determine whether they are qualified for conducting thesis research in terms of suitability of their written research proposals and in terms of breadth and depth of their knowledge & skills. Before graduation, students will defend their thesis research before the thesis exam committee.

Below is suggested timeline for graduate students majoring in biotechnology:

Required courses for Mater students

Courses Credits F S F S
Seminar (Ι) 2 1 1    
Functional genomics 2 2      
Special topics on cell biology(I)(II) 4 2 2    
Seminar(Π) 2     1 1
M.S. Thesis 6       6
Total 16 5 3 1 7

F: Fall semester, S: Spring semester,

Elective courses for Mater students

Courses Credits F S F S
Special topics on signal transduction 2 2      
Regulation of cell cycle 2   2    
DNA damage and repair pathways 2 2      
Special topics on biostatistics 2 2      
Molecular cardiology 2 2      
Special topics on nanomedicine 2 2      
Special topics on cancer chemoprevention 1 1      
Drug carrier design 2 2      
Virology 1 1      
Special topics on molecular technology 2 2      
Biofingerprint 1 1      
Plant molecular polymorphism analyses 1 1      
Gene drugs & biotechnology 2 2      
Special topics on enzymology 2 2      
Special lecture on Ecology 2 2      
Lecture on biotechnology (I) 1 1      
Lecture on biotechnology (II) 1   1    
Microbial genetics 2   2    
Special topics on molecular target in new drug development 2   2    
Special topics on biotechnology industry 2   2    
Special topics on cancer biology 1   1    
Epigenetics 2   2    
Biofluid dynamics 2   2    
Enzyme kinetics 2   2    
Special topics on drug delivery system 2   2    
Special topics on virology 1   1    
Ecotoxicology 2   2    
Special topics on immunology 2     2  
Total  48 25 21 2 0

F: Fall semester, S: Spring semester

Required courses for Ph.D. students

Courses credits F S F S
Seminar (I) 1 1      
Advanced molecular cell biology (I) 2 2      
Lectures on biological science & technology (I)    1 1      
Seminar (II) 1   1    
Advanced molecular cell biology (II) 2   2    
Lectures on biological science & technology (II)   1   1    
Seminar (III) 1     1  
Seminar (IV) 1       1
Ph. D. Dissertation 12        
Total 22 4 4 1 1

F: Fall semester, S: Spring semester,

Elective courses for Ph.D. students

Courses credits F S F S
Advanced biomedical engineering 2 2      
Advanced immunology & bio-technology 2 2      
Advanced signal transduction 2   2    
Advanced cancer oncology & anti-cancer drug 2   2    
Advanced molecular-targeted drug discovery 2     2  
Advanced cardiovascular biology 2     2  
Advanced biochip technology 2     2  
Lecture on successful biotech entrepreneurship 1       1
Total 15 4 4 6 1

F: Fall semester, S: Spring semester,