Michigan State University has organized several of the biological sciences Ph.D.-granting graduate units under one umbrella, designated as the BioMolecular Sciences (BMS) Gateway. The participating units include Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Physiology. Although each student will still earn a doctoral degree (The BMS does not accept/train Masters Students) in one of these participating units, the BMS will offer students the programmatic flexibility to experience a wide range of opportunities in terms of diversity and depth of training.
Following admission to the Gateway, students will complete 4 courses and participate in three 8-week rotations in their first two semesters. This design will allow the student to tailor their curriculum to match their educational goals and identify a thesis mentor. At the end of their second semester, the student will select a major and become a member of one of the 6 participating units.