Departments and Programs
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
- Pharmacology & Toxicology
Students in any of the biomolecular science Ph.D. programs may seek an additional degree in Quantitative Biology or Integrative Toxicology. Opportunities for obtaining a medical degree in conjunction with the Ph.D. require admission to either the College of Osteopathic Medicine or the College of Human Medicine.
Michigan State University has one of the highest concentrations of plant scientists in the world and is a leading institution in all areas of plant science research and education. The Molecular Plant Sciences (MPS) graduate program brings together into one coherent program over 50 MSU faculty who apply molecular, biochemical, genomic, and computational approaches to understand the structure and function of photosynthetic organisms.
- MPS is a dual major graduate program leading to a PhD degree. All students are also full members of one of 8 degree-granting departments or programs, spanning two colleges, at MSU.
- The program provides a solid core of knowledge in molecular plant biology combined with programmatic flexibility adapted to the specific professional objectives of each individual student.
- A core curriculum in molecular plant biology, genomics, and physiology;
- First-year rotations in three laboratories;
- Availability of a wide range of electives including practical and theoretical computational biology, cell biology, plant biochemistry, and plant/microbe interactions;
- Training in professional development and public presentations;
- A seminar series inviting internationally renowned scientists to present on timely molecular plant sciences topics;
- Student research leading to the publication of original findings.