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MOLB Location

Chemistry & Biochemistry Building
MOLB Location

MOLB Research Laboratory Bench

Workspace
MOLB Research Laboratory Bench

MOLB Research Lab

Laboratory Location
MOLB Research Lab

ABI Prism 7700

Equipment in the MOLB Lab
ABI Prism 7700

ABI 3130xL Genetic Analyzer

Looking inside the equipment in the MOLB Lab
ABI 3130xL Genetic Analyzer

ABI 3130xL Genetic Analyzer

Equipment in the MOLB Lab
ABI 3130xL Genetic Analyzer

Computer Lab White Board

White board with equation at the front of the computer lab
Computer Lab White Board

DNA Models

Large plastic models of DNA strands
DNA Models

Computer Lab

Student workspace
Computer Lab

Students of the molecular life sciences seek to understand and explain biological processes in chemical and molecular terms.  This requires that the expertise from many diverse traditional disciplines be directed along converging experimental lines.  
 

Molecular Biology (MOLB) Vision and Mission

Provide education and training to students in molecular techniques to study biological and chemical processes, structures and functions.

Prepare students for applied biological science jobs in industry, academic and government.
 

MOLB Academic Offerings

The MB program offers curricula leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the areas of biochemistry, molecular genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, bioinformatics, and microbiology.  Because research is central in both the M.S. and Ph.D. curricula, early selection of a research adviser is required. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact at least three individual program faculty before applying to identify a prospective advisor and laboratory in which to pursue graduate research.  Previous course records and GPA standings (typically minimum of 3.3/4.0), GRE scores (typically minimum of 300 combined verbal and quantitative), TOEFL scores of foreign applicants (typically minimum of 550 on the paper-based or 213 on the computer-based), a letter of interest from the applicant that identified faculty laboratories of interest, and three letters of reference regarding research performance or potential are weighted heavily during the selection process. 

Students with a B.S. degree in one of the disciplines listed above can expect to earn the M.S. degree in about 30 credits, including at least 6 credits of thesis research. 

The Ph.D. degree can be earned in about 30 to 40 credits of formal course work, plus additional thesis research credits, for a minimum total of 75 credits beyond the B.S.  The Ph.D. program in molecular biology is designed to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to graduate research, utilizing both traditional techniques and the latest advances in biotechnology and recombinant DNA methodology.  Participants in this program will take core courses in biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology.  Subsequent course work will be tailored for the individual student, depending upon his or her research emphasis.  Ph.D. degree candidates will successfully complete a written and oral qualifying examination based on their proposed research and the subject matter in the core courses at the end of the first year of study.  Ph.D. candidates will subsequently complete a comprehensive written examination and oral examination approximately at the end of the second year of study. 

A final, formal presentation and oral defense of the original research documented in the M.S. or Ph.D. thesis completes the degree requirements. 

The Molecular Biology program also offers formal minors in molecular biology or bioinformatics.  The bioinformatics minor is jointly offered with the Department of Computer Science and consists of 9 credit hours for Master's students and 12 credit hours for Ph.D. students.  The courses selected will depend on whether the student is majoring in a biological or non-biological science and include courses from the graduate Computer Science and Molecular Biology curricula.  Please inquire with the Molecular Biology Program office for the most recent requirements for the bioinformatics minor. 
 

Application Deadlines

DEADLINE FOR FALL APPLICATIONS: December 15th

DEADLINE FOR SPRING APPLICATIONS: October 15th

NOTE:  The Recruiting Committee is under no obligation to review incomplete applications. All items, needed to complete an application, must be processed by the Graduate School and be received by the MOLB Office by the deadlines. 

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MOLB Contact Information

Physical Address
Molecular Biology Program
Chemistry & Biochemistry Bldg.
Room 362
New Mexico State University
1175 N Horseshoe St
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

Mailing Address:
Molecular Biology Program
New Mexico State University
MSC 3MLS P O Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001