Biomedical Sciences Master of Science Degree Program

Applicants to the M.S. program are expected to hold a baccalaureate with a combined total of at least 42 credits in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. A minimum of 18 credits in one of these areas will be required, and at least 6 credits in each of the other areas.

Applicants are required to submit official scores of the Graduate Record Examination aptitude test and an advanced test in biology, chemistry, or physics.

A minimum of 36 graduate credits is required for the M.S. degree. Areas of specialization (tracks): Molecular Genetics (MG); Immunology and Infectious Disease (IID); Structural and Cell Biology (SCB); and Neuroscience (NEU).

Program of Study and Research - 36 Credits

  1. Required courses: 18 credits:
    • Bms 500A Molecular Cell Biology A (2)
    • Bms 500B Molecular Cell Biology B (2)
    • Bms 500C Molecular Cell Biology C (2) 
    • Bms 590   Laboratory Rotations in Biomedical Sciences (3)
    • Bms 601   Biomedical Science Horizons (3)
    • Bms 665   Current Literature in Biomedical Sciences - participation begins in spring semester; must be taken each semester thereafter for 0 or 1 credit; can be taken for credit a maximum of 2 times (2)
    • Bms 670   Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research (1)
    • Epi 500     Basic Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (3)  OR
      Epi 501     Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I (3) OR

  2. Additional courses as approved by advisor or required by track: 4 credits minimum

  3. Bms 699 Master's Thesis Research: 14 credits minimum

  4. Satisfactory completion of a master's major field examination

  5. Satisfactory oral seminar and defense based on approved master's thesis of laboratory research