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Michigan State University- Admissions, Courses, Fees, and More
Basic Information:
The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation. Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

MSU ranks in the top 100 on the Top Universities by Reputation 2013 list published by Times Higher Education. The list—which looks solely at the reputations of institutions for teaching and research—is based on responses to an invitation-only survey from nearly 17,000 academics at institutions in 144 countries worldwide. MSU is the only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, as well as veterinarians. As the university extends the College of Human Medicine and the College of Osteopathic Medicine to new areas of the state, MSU will be among the largest universities in the United States in terms of the number of medical school graduates. Rankings compiled at the University of Western Australia list MSU among the top 50 universities in the world based on research performance, including publications and citations. These rankings also list MSU among the top 50 universities in the categories of arts, humanities, business, and social sciences and engineering, computing, and technology and in the top 100 in the areas of medicine and the health sciences and pure, natural, and mathematical sciences.

Undergraduate Programs:
Michigan State University offers an undergraduate degree in Biosystems Engineering. Combining biology with engineering, biosystems engineers make sure we have our daily essentials: safe and plentiful food to eat, pure water, clean energy sources, and a safe environment to live in.
The undergraduate program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is characterized by strong preparation in chemistry, molecular biology and biochemistry, emphasizing practical training in marketable laboratory skills. Undergraduates can enhance their education and training through independent research mentored by BMB faculty.

The Human Biology curriculum has strong foundations in the core biological disciplines of biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, cell biology and genetics. To complement the core curriculum, students are able to choose from several upper level biology elective courses offered through the College of Natural Science. Human Biology elective credit can also include directed study, internship, and/or research experiences in biological and physical science. In addition, the Capstone Tier II Writing requirement (NSC 495) allows students, through their writing and oral presentations, the opportunity to integrate their knowledge of the disciplines in the core curriculum during the senior year.

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics offers three Bachelor of Science degree programs: one in Microbiology, one in Genomics & Molecular Genetics, and one in Environmental Biology/Microbiology. The objective of the undergraduate major in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is to provide a broad foundation in science with an emphasis in microbiology. Classically, microbiology is defined as the study of microbes, small living organisms. The faculty members take a more contemporaneous view and our definition includes the study of the biology of all prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and their viruses. Thus, the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics major at MSU is designed to be appropriate for students interested in any area of biology, regardless of the careers or subdisciplines they plan to pursue.
Freshmen applicants should have 4 years of English, 3 years of math, 3 years of social studies, 2 years of science, and 2 years of foreign language.

Undergraduate tuition: $12,908/year in-state; $33,796/year out-of-state. Financial aid is available; students should complete the FAFSA to apply for aid. All admitted students are automatically considered for scholarships. In most instances, the application for admission, including the required personal statement, are sufficient for award consideration.

Graduate Programs:
The Cell and Molecular Biology graduate program at Michigan State University is an interdepartmental PhD program with participating faculty from many different departments and administrative units. The research programs address a wide variety of biological questions with an equally diverse array of organisms. However, they are all related in their dependence upon the ideas and approaches common to cell biology and/or molecular biology. These common approaches unite the research programs of the participating faculty whether they are interested in herbicide resistance in crop plants, DNA replication in bacteria, or tumor development in humans.

The Genetics Graduate Program at Michigan State University is one of the outstanding graduate programs for genetics research and scholarship in the country. The strength of the program lies in its interdisciplinary nature, allowing graduate students a great deal of flexibility in designing their individualized programs of research and study while maintaining a core PhD graduate program and strong interactions among students and faculty.

A PhD program is offered called the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies in BioMolecular Science program. The BioMolecular Science Gateway offers admission to 6 graduate programs: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Physiology. Students have access to training in over 150 research laboratories in the fields of biochemistry, cancer, cell biology, genomics, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology, toxicology, physiology, plant molecular biology, structural biology, and virology. Students rotate through the laboratories of potential Ph.D. mentors and take coursework appropriate to their disciplinary interests. In the spring semester of the first year, students have the opportunity to select the Ph.D. program that aligns most closely with their educational goals. Most students take about 5 years to complete a PhD.

Graduate tuition: $13,656.00/year in-state; $26,820.00/year out-of-state. The graduate stipend for 2013-2014 PhD students is $25,480. Tuition costs and health insurance are also covered. Outstanding students are eligible for generous supplemental funds as well as the MSU Distinguished Fellowship Program.

Applied - 28,416
Admitted - 20,728 - 73%
Enrolled total - 7,984
Full Time: - 7,827
Part Time - 157

Test 25th % - 75th %
SAT Reading 440 - 600
SAT Math 540 - 670
SAT Writing 450 - 600
ACT Composite 23 - 28
ACT English 22 - 28
ACT Math 23 - 28
ACT Writing 0 - 0

Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 91%
4-year graduation rate 49%
6-year graduation rate 77%

Other Information:
200 programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional study
Freshman class profile (middle 50 percent of fall 2012 entering class): high school GPA, 3.4–3.9; SAT combined score (math and critical reading), 1020–1220; ACT composite score, 23–28
More than 275 study abroad programs on all continents in more than 60 countries
An ever-growing library collection approaching seven million print volumes

Undergraduate Programs and Majors:
Biosystems Engineering (MS)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BS)
Human Biology (BS)
Microbiology (BS)
Genomics and Molecular Genetics (BS)
Environmental Biology/Microbiology (BS)

Graduate Programs:
Cell and Molecular Biology (PhD)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MS/PhD)
Cell and Molecular Biology (MS/PhD)
Genetics (MS/PhD)
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MS/PhD)
Pharmacology and Toxicology (MS/PhD)
Physiology (MS/PhD)

Dual Degree Programs:

Application Deadlines:

Undergraduate: November 1st for maximum scholarship consideration
Graduate: December 1st

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