The Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine is one of the five basic science departments of the University of Arizona College of Medicine located on the Northeast side of the University of Arizona Campus in Tucson, AZ. The mission of the Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine (CMM) is to provide pre- and post-doctoral, medical and graduate education in an interdisciplinary environment through research activities to advance the knowledge of biological structure as related to function and disease from the molecular level to the whole organism.
CMM faculty run active research programs in modern molecular and cellular biology, which include the areas of developmental biology, neuroscience, parasitology, immunology, cancer biology, and cellular structure and function. Our graduate program attracts outstanding students from all parts of the US and the world. Graduate students from the interdisciplinary programs of cancer biology, genetics, molecular & cellular biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, and physiological sciences also receive training in CMM faculty laboratories.
CMM mailing address:
PO Box 245044, 1501 N Campbell Ave.
Life Sciences North, Room 450, Tucson, AZ 85724-5044
College of Medicine, Tucson
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Applications for Fall '22 are currently open through the application deadline of July 5, 2022. Students may begin coursework in the Spring, Summer, or Fall terms. Applicants should indicate the term in which he or she would like to begin coursework. The deadlines listed above are recommended deadlines. The Oversight Committee will begin reviewing all applications on or after the December 1st application deadline.
Optional test(s): GRE or MCAT
The certificate program does not provide financial aid.
Domestic Applicants: July 5, 2022 for all applications
International Applicants: July 5, 2022 for all applications
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
School Code: 4832; Dept. Code 0203
COURSES FOR GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Anatomical or Cell & Molecular Emphasis (4 units total) - choose between:
OR any 4-unit combination of the following*:
*Or substitution with an equivalent course by approval from the Program Director
Histology (3 units total) :
CMM 547 - (Histology Basics - 1 unit, online)
*Note: It is OK for students to take both CMM 547 AND CMM 510.
* As of Fall, '22, these 2 one-unit courses will no longer be taught, but they will count towards the requirement:
CMM 548 - (Histology of the Digestive and Respiratory Systems-1 unit)*
CMM 549 - (Histology of the Urogenital and Endocrine Systems - 1 unit)*
Microscopy: 1 unit total
* As of Spring 2022, the requirement for microscopy is switching from '3 units' to 'at least 1 unit'. Students interested in research are encouraged to take CMM 565.
The requirement can be met through these courses:
CMM 565 - Fundamentals of Light Microscopy and Digital Imaging (3 units)
CMM 566 - Microscopy Basics for Biomedical Research (1 unit, fall 5W3, spring 5W3)
* As of Spring 2022, these 3 one-unit courses will no longer be taught, but they will count towards the requirement:
CMM 541 - Bright-Field Microscopy
CMM 542 - Fundamentals of Digital Imaging
CMM 546 - Fluorescence Microscopy
** Those taking only one unit of microscopy (CMM 566) will need two additional units of elective coursework.
*These courses are recommended, but other coursework in the biomedical sciences and medicine may be appropriate and will be considered as well. The student will be required to receive approval from his or her advisor for their final selection of courses.
* It is now possible to complete the Certificate on-line by selecting all on-line options from the list of required and elective courses. In accordance with the policies set forth by the UA Graduate College, students must maintain an overall grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 to remain in good standing with the program. Any student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation for the following semester. If the student's cumulative GPA is still below 3.0 at the end of the probationary semester, he/she will be dismissed from the program.
Other courses in the biomedical sciences and medicine may be appropriate and will be considered. The student will be required to receive approval from his or her advisory committee for his/her final selection of courses.
Other requirements: Every student will be required to complete the courses with a grade of C or better. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.
Electives: Must complete at least 2 units* (*Certificate requires a minimum of 12 total units) - Recommended (other courses may apply):
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.