Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2005


Admission Requirements

The M.S. program in Medical Sciences is designed to prepare candidates for research careers in academics, industry and government laboratories. This program may also be used to prepare students for further graduate and professional education. Admission to the graduate program is competitive and is based upon academic background, professional recommendations, performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), experience, and when possible, personal interviews. Students should have completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, engineering, mathematics, neurosciences, physics, pharmacy or psychology. Although there are no formal course requirements, it is recommended that students have completed undergraduate courses in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, calculus, physics, and the biological sciences.

Degree Requirements

The Medical Sciences program encompasses the disciplines of anatomy and neurobiology; microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics; molecular and biomedical pharmacology; molecular and cellular biochemistry; and physiology. Students are required to select one of the five disciplinary areas. The student, in cooperation with the major professor/thesis advisor and the student's Advisory Committee, will determine the elective course work in the area of specialization and in related basic sciences. Each student, regardless of disciplinary specialization, will take the required 10-11 hour core curriculum and will choose from the list of recommended courses and departmental course work to develop a disciplinary specialization.

The degree requirements will vary with the thesis (Plan A) and the non-thesis (Plan B) option selected by the student. The thesis option requires 24 hours, half of which must be at the 600+ level, as well as an approved thesis based on the candidate's research. The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours, half of which must be at the 600+ level. In addition, the program requires a core curriculum of 10-11 hours in biochemistry and cell and molecular biology. The program does not mandate a language requirement.

Financial support is not provided for students in the M.S. in Medical Sciences program. Inquiries regarding the program should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies, M.S. in Medical Sciences Program or to the Director, Integrated Biomedical Sciences.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum is designed to provide a broad overview of medical sciences at the molecular level, to emphasize the importance of scientific integrity, and to spark an interest in current scientific developments that will establish a pattern of lifelong learning in the student.

IBS 601/BCH 607 Biomolecules and Metabolism (3 credits)

IBS 602/BCH 608 Biomolecules and Metabolism (3 credits)

IBS 603 Cell Biology (3 credits)

TOX 600 Ethics in Scientific Research (1 credit)

Seminar Course - IBS 607 (0 credits) or seminar in department of specialization (ANA 600, BCH 618 or BCH 619, MI 772, PGY 774, PHA 770) (1 credit)

Recommended Courses:

IBS 604 Cell Signaling (3 credits)
IBS 605/MI 604 Experimental Genetics (2 credits)
IBS 606 Integrated Biomedical Sciences (4 credits)

Course Work: The minimum requirements are as follows -

  1. Plan A: Twenty-four hours of graduate level courses (50% must be 600+ level; 2/3 in organized courses). Research required for the master's thesis cannot be included in the required 24 credit hours of course work.
    Plan B: Thirty hours of graduate courses (50% must be 600+ level; 2/3 in organized courses).
  2. Ten-eleven hours of core curriculum (see above).
  3. The Advisory Committee will determine the remainder of hours in the area of the student's specialization.

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