Graduate Program

M.S. Curriculum

M.S. Curriculum
Requirements of the MS Degree in Biomedical Science;
Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Track

Completion of the MS degree requires 33 graduate level credits and a research-based thesis (23-28 credits in required courses, up to 6 credits in electives and 5-10 research credits). The MS degree is typically completed in 3 semesters (1.5 years). An alternative track involving a literature-based thesis is a second option (see ahead).

STANDARD REQUIREMENTS:

Fall, Year 1
Principles of Pharmacology (HBH 501, 4 credits)
Seminar (HBH 590, 1 credit)
Graduate Biochemistry (MCB 520, 3 credits)
Lab Methods (HBH 545, 1 credit)
Research (HBH 599, 3 credits)
Total credits = 12

Spring, Year 1
Advanced Pharmacology (HBH 502, 4 credits)
Seminar (HBH 590, 1 credit)
Cell Biology (HBH 656, 4 credits)
Integrity in Science (GRD 500, 1 credit)
Statistics (HBH 550, 1 credit)
Research (HBH 599, 1 credit)
Total credits = 12

Fall, Year 2
Seminar (HBH 590, 1 credit)
Elective (2 credits)
Research (HBH 599, 6 credits)
Total credits = 9

Electives - choose 1 to 6 credits in consultation with the Program Director
1. Principles of Development (MCB 657; 3credits)
3. Neuropharmacology (HBH 655; 3 credits)
4. Molecular Genetics (MCB 503; 3 credits)
5. Communicating Science (JRN 501-505; 1 credit each)
6. Pharmacology Colloquium (HBH 506; 2 credits)
7. Physiology (HBY 501; 4 credits)

Final Written Thesis
At the beginning of their final semester of the program, students will select a thesis committee of three faculty to evaluate their written thesis. Committee members must be approved by the Program Director. Students are encouraged to also give an oral presentation on their research during their final semester in the program.
 
LITERATURE-THESIS-OPTION REQUIREMENTS:

Fall, Year 1
Principles of Pharmacology (HBH 501, 4 credits)
Seminar (HBH 590, 1 credit)
Graduate Biochemistry (MCB 520, 3 credits)
Lab Methods (HBH 545, 1 credit)
Research (HBH 599, 3 credits)
Total credits = 12

Spring, Year 1
Advanced Pharmacology (HBH 502, 4 credits)
Seminar (HBH 590, 1 credit)
Cell Biology (MCB 656, 4 credits)
Integrity in Science (GRD 500, 1 credit)
Statistics (HBH 500, 1 credit)
Research (HBH 599, 1 credit)
Total credits = 12

Fall, Year 2
Seminar (HBH 590, 1 credit)
Electives (6-7 credits)
Research (HBH 599, 1-2 credits)
Total credits = 9

The non-thesis option requires a total of 33 graduate level credits and a culminating literature review thesis that must be developed in consultation with the Program Director. Additional approved elective credits are also required, and must be chosen in consultation with the Program Director.