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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:
    • Medical Ethics (3 credit hours)
    • Integrative Anatomy and Physiology (3 credit hours)
    • Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease (3 credit hours)
    • Contemporary Issues in Human Health (3 credit hours)
  • Practicum: (6 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 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
  • BIOL 6397: Biology of Cancer

Typical Study Sequence

  • Fall (12 credit hours):
    • Integrative Anatomy and Physiology
    • Molecular Mechanisms of Human 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):
    • Contemporary Issues in Human Health
    • 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.

A) Research Internships under Supervision of a Faculty Member:

  • Brigitte Dauwalder: Signaling in the Blood-Brain Barrier
  • Stuart Dryer: Physiological and Pathophysiological Processes in the Kidney
  • Arne Lekven: How Cell Signaling Controls the Subdivision and Pattern of Cell Types in the Vertebrate Brain
  • Chin-Yo Lin: Mechanisms of Transcriptional Regulation by Estrogen Receptor Alpha
  • Yu Liu: Mechanisms of Heart Development and Diseases
  • Mary Ann Ottinger: Environmental Chemicals and Stressors Impact on Wildlife and Human Populations
  • Amy Sater: Vertebrate Neural Development, Regeneration, and Repair
  • Margaret Warner: Ligand-activated Nuclear Receptors in Health and Disease
  • William Widger: Antibiotic Resistance and Bacterial Dormancy
  • Hye-Jeong Yeo: Structural Molecular Biology

B) Community Health Internships:

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.