Admission 2013 : Anatomy and Cell Biology in UIC

 

Anatomy and Cell Biology
Mailing Address:
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology (MC 512)
Room 578 CME
808 South Wood Street
Chicago, IL 60612-7308
Campus Location: 578 CME
Program Codes: 20FS1024MS (MS); 20FS1024PHD (PhD)
Telephone: (312) 996-6791
E-mail: ebongarz@uic.edu
Web Site: http://www.uic.edu/depts/mcan/
Head of the Department: Scott T. Brady
Director of Graduate Studies: Ernesto Bongarzone
The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology offers work
leading to degrees in Anatomy and Cell Biology at both the master’s and doctoral
levels, but gives priority to doctoral applicants. The department also
participates in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD joint degree
program); see the Medical
Scientist Training Program section
 for more information. Areas of
study include neurobiology, cell biology, and developmental biology. There is a
strong emphasis on interdisciplinary studies that examine the relationship
between structure and function. Research leading to a graduate degree is
available in the following areas: neurobiology of the synapse, axonal
transport, cytoskeleton, and response to stress; sensory systems;
neuroplasticity; Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and myelination,
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and motor neuron disease, Huntington’s and
Parkinson’s disease, neuroblastoma, ion channel regulation, cell motility,
connective tissue, neurotoxins and stem cell biology. The Interdepartmental
Concentration in Neuroscience is available to doctoral students.
 
Admission Requirements
Applicants are considered on an individual basis.
Transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In
addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the
following program requirements:
 
Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
  • Baccalaureate
    Field 
    Biology or a closely related field. Students who have
    majored in other fields may be admitted if they show substantial evidence
    of ability to complete the program.
  • Grade
    Point Average 
    At least 2.75/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90
    quarter) hours of undergraduate study.
  • Tests
    Required 
    GRE General.
  • Minimum
    English Competency Test Score

    • TOEFL 550
      (paper-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking
      20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5,
      with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores.
  • Letters
    of Recommendation 
    Three required.
  • Personal
    Statement Required 
    The statement must address the applicant’s
    research interests and career goals.
  • Other
    Requirements
    Preference for admission is given to students who intend
    to complete a doctoral program.
Degree Requirements
In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements,
students must meet the following program requirements:
 
Master of Science
The MS degree is not typically offered as a terminal degree,
except by special arrangement. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies prior
to applying for this degree.
  • Minimum
    Semester Hours Required
     32.
  • Course
    Work
     All students must take or show proficiency in three of four
    courses from GCLS 500, 501, 502, 503. They must also take or show
    proficiency in GCLS 504, 505, and 510. At least 3 additional semester
    hours must be in 500-level courses specifically related to the thesis
    research proposed.
  • Comprehensive
    Examination
     None.
  • Thesis,
    Project, or Course-Work-Only Options 
    Thesis required. No other
    options are available.
  • Other
    Requirements
     All graduate students must serve once as laboratory
    teaching assistants for one of the following: Tissue Biology,
    Neuroanatomy, or one section of Gross Human Anatomy.
Doctor of Philosophy
  • Minimum
    Semester Hours Required
     96 from the baccalaureate.
  • Course
    Work 
    All students must take or show proficiency in three of four
    courses from GCLS 500, 501, 502, 503. They must also take or show
    proficiency in GCLS 504, 505, 506, and 510. At least 6 additional semester
    hours must be in 500-level courses specifically related to the
    dissertation research proposed.
  • Preliminary
    Examination 
    Required; oral examination based on a proposal in the
    National Research Service Award format.
  • Dissertation Required.
  • Other
    Requirements 
    All graduate students must serve once as laboratory
    teaching assistants for one of the following: Tissue Biology,
    Neuroanatomy, or one section of Gross Human Anatomy.

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