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Biology M.S. Requirements - Biomedical Sciences Certificate Track

The M.S. in Biology with Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences is a one-calendar-year, non-thesis master’s degree program. The master’s degree is awarded after students have successfully completed 30 credit hours, including 18 credit hours applied toward the Certificate in Biomedical Sciences.

Course Requirements

Certificate Courses (18 Credit Hours)

  • Core Courses:
    • BIOL 6351 Integrative Anatomy and Physiology (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 6352 Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 6355 Introduction to Health Systems (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 6356 Medical Ethics (3 credit hours)
  • Practicum: BIOL 6350 Biomedical Science Practicum (2 semesters of 3 credit hours)

Elective Courses to Complete the M.S. (12 Credit Hours)

Four (4) courses chosen from the following list. Any exception must be petitioned to the department.

  • BCHS 6361: Clinical Biochemistry
  • BIOL 6310: Biostatistics
  • BIOL 6315: Neuroscience
  • BIOL 6320: Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 6323: Immunology
  • BIOL 6324: Bioinformatics for Biologists
  • BIOL 6330: Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases
  • BIOL 6333: Advanced Microbial Physiology
  • BIOL 6354: Endocrinology
  • BIOL 6374: Cell Biology
  • BIOL 6384: Developmental Biology

Typical Study Sequence

  • Fall (12 credit hours):
    • Integrative Anatomy and Physiology
    • Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
    • 2 elective courses OR 1 elective course and 3 hours of practicum
  • Spring (12 credit hours):
    • Medical Ethics
    • 3 elective courses OR 2 elective courses and 3 hours of practicum
  • Summer (6 hours):
    • Introduction to Health Systems
    • 3 hours of practicum


The practicum is carried out across two academic terms for a total of 6 credit hours (3 credit hours in each of 2 semesters, one of which must be the summer term). Students will have the choice of selecting either 6 credit hours of community health internship, 6 credit hours of research internship, or 3 credit hours of each. The grade for the practicum course will be based on an evaluation by the practicum supervisor, written and/or oral presentation by the student, and participation in discussion.

Practicum Opportunities for Spring 2020

A) Research Internships under Supervision of a Faculty Member:

  • Brigitte Dauwalder Signaling in the Blood-Brain Barrier
  • Seema Khurana Regulation of Epithelial Cell Biology and Pathobiology by Actin and Actin-Binding Proteins
  • Rich Meisel Computational Biology, Genomics, and Bioinformatics
  • Weiyi Peng Interplay between Cancer and the Immune System, Cancer Immunotherapy
  • Bob Schwartz Molecular Development and Drug Discovery
  • William Widger Antibiotic Resistance and Bacterial Dormancy

B) Community Health Internships and Other Opportunities:

Other Requirements

All students, whether engaged in a practicum or not, will attend a two-hour weekly group meeting with the practicum instructor of record during the Fall and Spring semesters.