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CMDB Offered Courses


The following courses are currently offered by the CMDB Interdepartmental Graduate Program. For complete descriptions, please see the UCR General Catalog.


Course No. Course Title
CMDB 200* Cell Biology - Covers the structure and function of eukaryotic cells and their components withemphasis on the key experiments that provide the foundation for our current knowledge.
CMDB 201* Molecular Biology – Covers the structure and inheritance of genetic material, gene expression regulation at cellular and molecular levels.
CMDB 202* Developmental Biology – Begins with the principles underlying developmental studies of multi-cellular organisms.
CMDB 204 Genome Maintenance and Stability – About chromosomal processes that maintain genome integrity and transmission during cell division.
CMDB 205 Signal Transduction Pathways in Microbes and Plants – Advanced topics in signal transduction pathways regulating growth and development in plants and prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes.
CMDB 207* Stem Cell Biology – Introduces animal and human stem cell biology and the application of stem cell biology to medicine.
CMDB 208* Bioethics – Introduces bioethics, with an emphasis on the medical and social implications of stem cell biology.
CMDB 209* Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) Biology - A comprehensive overview of the multiple functions of ribonucleic acid in the cell.
CMDB 250 Special Topics in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology(Weekly lab meetings) – Oral presentations and small-group discussion of selected topics in each participant's area of special competence.
CMDB 257* Seminar in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology (Outside speakers) – Visiting scholars lecture on current research in cell, molecular, and developmental biology.
CMDB 258* Graduate Student Seminar in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology – Interdisciplinary seminar consisting of student presentations of original research and discussion of current research topics in CMDB.
CMDB 281(E-Z)* Seminar in Cell Development, Structure and Function (graded seminars, student participation in faculty-member's field) – Lectures, discussions, and presentations by students, faculty, and invited scholars on selected subjects concerned with principles of cell development, structure, and function.
CMDB 290 Directed Studies (When student's study topic isn't covered in organized courses) – Individual study of specially selected topics directed by a faculty member.
CMDB 292 Concurrent Analytical Studies in CMDB (When graduate students take an undergraduate course with additional graduate assignments) – Taken concurrently with an appropriate undergraduate course, but on an individual basis.
CMDB 297* Directed Research (Students receive credit for research) – Faculty supervised research and experimental studies on selected topics in CMDB.
CMDB 299* Research for Thesis or Dissertation (Students receive credit for research) – Original research in an area selected for the advanced degree.
CMDB 301* Teaching of CMDB at the College Level(Students receive credit for serving as a TA) – Weekly meetings and individual formative evaluations required of new teaching assistants



The following courses are cross-listed in CMDB but are managed by another department:

Course No. Home Department Course Title
CMDB 206 Genetics Gene Silencing – In-depth look at mechanisms, functions, and applications of RNAi and related gene regulatory pathways guided by small RNAs in plants and animals.
CMDB 210 Entomology Molecular Biology of Human Disease Vectors – Covers molecular aspects of vectors transmitting most dangerous human diseases.
CMDB 220* Chemistry Chemical Genomics Design Studio – Explores chemical genomic research approaches.

Courses designated with * are taught every year.





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