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Student Resources & Forms

General programmatic information, the CMBS Handbook for 2019-2020, and forms are located on this page. Some other items to pay attention to are the Graduate School Calendars and Deadlines which are updated on an annual basis. Before submitting any forms, please be sure to check these deadlines. The CMBS Professor Rounds 2019 schedule is located here as well.

Below, are the most frequently used forms by CMBS students. Please contact Elice García-Baca if you have questions.

Program Processes

Process outlines for different program components are listed below. Please click on each of the links below for more information.


How do I register for my classes?

The Program Specialist will register all new incoming students for their first semester courses. After successful completion of the first semester, all students are responsible for their own registration.

The registration process is as follows:

  1. Meet with Program Director and Program Specialist to discuss courses of interest. The student's individual Program of Study (PoS) worksheet will help facilitate this discussion.
  2. Once courses have been discussed and approved, the student's registration will be unlocked.
  3. Notification that the student's registration has been unlocked will be sent via email.

Students must login to SURFS  to complete the registration process at least 6 weeks before the start of the semester. Instructions detailing this process will be emailed to the student’s university email account.

The Add/Drop Form is to be used if online registration has closed. Please note that dropping courses after the semester has begun, may not result in a full refund. Check the Graduate School Calendars and Deadlines for additional detailed information.

Course Selection

What courses should I register for?

Please refer to the program requirements and the list of elective courses to ensure course selections are appropriate.

  • Check the SURFS Class Schedule for courses offered in a specific semester.
  • International students must be registered for a minimum of 9 credits (full-time) each semester.
  • Independent Study: Students interested in designing an independent study course should speak with the program director and complete the Independent Study form for approval.

*** PLEASE NOTE: If you are considering applying to a GPILS PhD program, you must receive a grade of B or higher in GPLS 601 Mechanisms in Biomedical Sciences (Core Course).

Laboratory Rotations

Laboratory Rotations

GPLS 609, Section 05

Rotations may be taken for 1-3 credits per semester. Non-thesis option students are required to take 4-6 credits of lab rotations total and thesis option students are required to take 1-4 credits of lab rotations. Rotations last approximately 8 weeks.

When approaching a mentor to rotate with, clearly indicate that you are a MASTER'S student and do not require a stipend provided by the mentor.

  • Lab Rotation Proposal Form - Must be completed and signed by the Rotation Mentor and the Director before rotation begins
  • Lab Rotation Completion Form - Must be completed and signed by the student; submitted to the Director within 10 days of completion 
  • Lab Rotation Grade Form - Must be completed and signed by the rotation mentor; submitted to the Director within 10 days of completion

Students should research faculty prior to reaching out to potential mentors on the GPILS Faculty page. Once in a lab, students are expected to follow Good Lab Practices or 'GLP'. For more information, students should reference this GLP Guidelines of how to keep a lab notebook

Thesis Option

Thesis Students

View the Graduate School requirements for forming an MS Thesis Committee and for the Graduate School's requirments for the Master's Thesis Examination.

MS Thesis Process Flow Chart

Thesis students are required to take 6 credits of GPLS 799, Section 01 Master’s Thesis Research.

Thesis submission is through ProQuest ETD and to Elice García-Baca when completed.