Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30 Thesis Track or 36 Non-Thesis Track

Required Courses:

Thesis Track

Core Courses 1
BMSC 8101Molecules to Cells6
BMSC 8102Experimental Design and Biostatistics1
BMSC 8103Scientific Integrity and Bioethics1
BMSC 8201Organ Systems: Function, Dysfunction and Therapeutics4
BMSC 8202Scientific Communications1
BMSC 8203Bioinformatics1
Concentration-Specific Student Seminar and Journal Club (2 terms) 22
Basic Elective2
Select one from the following:
BMSC 8205
Cell Structure & Function
BMSC 8206
Molecular, Cellular and Systems Signal Transduction
BMSC 8207
Molecular Approaches to Research
Concentration-Specific Advanced Electives 34
Research Courses
BMSC 9991Biomedical Science Research1
BMSC 9996Master's Thesis7
Total Credit Hours30

Approved Advanced Electives by Area of Concentration

Cancer Biology and Genetics
BMSC 8502
Cancer Biology
BMSC 8503
Genetics and Epigenetics
Infectious Disease and Immunity
BMSC 8602
The Biology of the Immune Response
BMSC 8603
Molecular Genetics of Human Viruses
BMSC 8604
Cellular and Molecular Basis of Host-Microbe Interactions
Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
BMSC 8703
RNA and its Role in Gene Expression
BMSC 8704
Molecular Physiology of Ion Signaling
BMSC 8706
Structure and Dynamics of Biomolecules and Assemblies
Neuroscience
BMSC 8802
Essentials of Neuroscience 1
BMSC 8803
Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
BMSC 8804
Neuropharmacology
BMSC 8805
Pharmacology of Drugs of Abuse
BMSC 8806
Translational Science of Nervous System Diseases
Organ Systems and Translational Medicine
BMSC 8902
Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Pathophysiology
BMSC 8903
Hemostasis and Thrombosis
BMSC 8904
Translational Pulmonary Physiology - Experimental Basis
BMSC 8905
Advanced Pharmacology and Translational Medicine
BMSC 8906
Development, Function and Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System
BMSC 8907
Organ Metabolism - Molecular Pathology and Experimental Models

Non-Thesis Coursework Track

Core Courses 1
BMSC 8101Molecules to Cells6
BMSC 8102Experimental Design and Biostatistics1
BMSC 8103Scientific Integrity and Bioethics1
BMSC 8104Introduction to Laboratory Research I1
BMSC 8201Organ Systems: Function, Dysfunction and Therapeutics4
BMSC 8202Scientific Communications1
BMSC 8203Bioinformatics1
BMSC 8204Introduction to Laboratory Research II1
Student Seminar and Journal Club (2 terms) 22
Basic Elective2
Select one from the following:
BMSC 8205
Cell Structure & Function
BMSC 8206
Molecular, Cellular and Systems Signal Transduction
BMSC 8207
Molecular Approaches to Research
Advanced Electives 316
Total Credit Hours36

Non-Thesis Project Track

Core Courses 1
BMSC 8101Molecules to Cells6
BMSC 8102Experimental Design and Biostatistics1
BMSC 8103Scientific Integrity and Bioethics1
BMSC 8104Introduction to Laboratory Research I1
BMSC 8201Organ Systems: Function, Dysfunction and Therapeutics4
BMSC 8202Scientific Communications1
BMSC 8203Bioinformatics1
Student Seminar and Journal Club (2 terms) 22
Basic Elective2
Select one from the following:
BMSC 8205
Cell Structure & Function
BMSC 8206
Molecular, Cellular and Systems Signal Transduction
BMSC 8207
Molecular Approaches to Research
Advanced Electives 312
Research Course
BMSC 9995Master's Project (2 terms) 45
Total Credit Hours36

Culminating Events:
Thesis:
For the Thesis Track, the thesis must be based on an original research project. It should demonstrate the student's familiarity with laboratory techniques related to the research project and the ability to evaluate critically the literature in the student’s chosen area. The student submits the thesis in complete form not less than 14 days prior to the date of the final examination. The thesis must have been read and approved by the thesis advisor prior to distribution. The student should confirm a time and date for the thesis defense with the Final Examination Committee.

The final examination consists of a defense of the student's thesis to demonstrate competence within the field of the thesis and closely related areas. The student's Advisory Committee votes to pass or fail the thesis and the defense at the conclusion of the presentation. If the student must make revisions, those changes must be approved as arranged by the Committee.

Note that the Non-Thesis Track has no culminating event. Students may elect to obtain research experience within a laboratory.