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M.S. in Biology with Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences
Enhance your Health Profession Program Applications

Program Overview

The Department of Biology and Biochemistry in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers a non-thesis master’s degree in biology with a Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences.

M.S. in Biology with Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences

This one-calendar-year program provides students with additional preparation for admission into professional degree programs in medicine, dentistry, and allied health professions.

Program provides:

  • Graduate-level coursework in relevant subject areas
  • Research and internship opportunities
  • Co-curricular activities for exploring various healthcare professions and the application process for professional degree programs
  • Individualized advisement for educational and career planning.

Program Highlights

  • Certificate consists of 18 credit hours to include:
    • 4 core classes (12 credit hours):
      • Integrated Anatomy and Physiology; 3 credit hours
      • Molecular Cell Biology of Human Diseases; 3 credit hours
      • Contemporary Strategies in Biomedical Sciences; 3 credit hours
      • Medical Ethics; 3 credit hours
    • 6 credit hours of practicum:
      • Internship in Community Health
      • Laboratory Research under Faculty Supervision
        (Students can choose 6 hours of internship, or 6 hours of research, or 3 hours of each.)
  • Students expected to complete 30-hour M.S. degree within a calendar year, with an additional 12 hours of elective courses to be chosen from:
    • BIOL 6315: Neuroscience
    • BIOL 6324: Bioinformatics for Biologists
    • BIOL 6333: Advanced Microbial Physiology (currently BIOL 6233)
    • BIOL 6374: Cell Biology
    • BIOL 6384: Developmental Biology
    • BIOL 6354: Endocrinology
    • BIOL 6323: Immunology
    • BIOL 6330: Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases
    • BIOL 6397: Biology of Cancer
    • BIOL 6310: Biostatistics
    • BCHS 6361: Clinical Biochemistry
  • Typical course load for completion of the M.S. degree with Certificate will consist of 12 hours in each of the Fall and Spring semesters, and 6 hours in the Summer.
  • Opportunities for MCAT preparation; Guidance with application and interview processes for medical and dental schools, or other health-related programs.

Internship Opportunities

Current Opportunities Available:

M.S. in Biology with Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences

A) Research Internship under Supervision of a Faculty Member:

  • Stuart Dryer: Physiological and Pathophysiological Processes in the Kidney
  • Preethi Gunaratne: Genomics, Developmental Biology and microRNAs underlying Gene Networks in Stem and Tumor Cells
  • Chin-Yo Lin: Mechanisms of Transcriptional Regulation by Estrogen Receptor Alpha
  • Yu Liu: Mechanisms of Heart Development and Diseases
  • Amy Sater: Vertebrate Neural Development, Regeneration, and Repair
  • Margaret Warner: Ligand-activated Nuclear Receptors in Health and Disease
  • William Widger: Bioenergetics
  • Hye-Jeong Yeo: Structural Molecular Biology

B) Internship at Texas Obesity Research Center at UH under the supervision of Marc Hamilton, professor, Department of Health and Human Performance.

Additional internships are being developed to be offered to the Fall 2018 entering class.

Program Costs

Use UH's 2018–2019 academic year tuition calculator.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of undergraduate degree with a major in biology, biochemistry, or an equivalent discipline. Transcripts for all previous college work should be submitted.
  2. Completion of undergraduate courses in genetics and general biochemistry.
  3. Cumulative 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0) in the last 60 hours of course work is required for unconditional admission.
  4. Official GRE or MCAT scores.
  5. Official TOEFL scores (for international students only).
  6. Three (3) letters of recommendation.

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For More Information

Rosezelia Jackson

Program Co-Directors:
Chin-Yo Lin, Ph.D.
Anne Delcour, Ph.D.