Graduate Program

M.S. Curriculum

Requirements of the MS Degree in Biomedical Science, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Track

Completion will require 33 graduate level credits and a 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). 

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 (HBH 656, 4 credits)
Lab Methods (HBH 546, 1 credit)
Research (HBH 599, 2 credits)
Total credits = 12

Fall, Year 2
Integrity in Science (GRD 500, 1 credit)
Seminar (HBH 590, 1 credit)
Statistics (HBH 550, 1 credit)
Elective (1-4 credits)
Research (HBH 599, 2-5 credits)
Total credits = 9

Total credits for the MS degree = 33

Electives - choose 0 to 6 credits in consultation with the Program Director
1. Principles of Development (MCB 657)
2. Signal Transduction (HBH 553)
3. Neuropharmacology (HBH 655)
4. Molecular Genetics (MCB 503)
5. Communicating Science (JRN 501-505)
6. Pharmacology Colloquium (HBH 506)

Final Written Thesis
In their final semester of the Program, students will select a thesis committee that includes three program faculty to evaluate their written thesis. Students will also give a seminar on their research during their final semester in the program.

 

Non-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)
Lab Methods (HBH 546, 1 credit)
Research (HBH 599, 2 credits)
Total credits = 12

Fall, Year 2
Integrity in Science (GRD 500, 1 credit)
Seminar (HBH 590, 1 credit)
Statistics (HBH 550, 1 credit)
Electives (5-6 credits)
Research (HBH 599, 1 credit)
Total credits = 9

Total credits for the MS degree = 33

Electives
1. Principles of Development (MCB 657)
2. Signal Transduction (HBH 553)
3. Neuropharmacology (HBH 655)
4. Molecular Genetics (MCB 503)
5. Communicating Science (JRN 501-505)
6. Pharmacology Colloquium (HBH 506)

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