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Graduate Programs: Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) :: Biological Sciences Concentrations

UHV currently has three disciplines within the biological sciences that we offer as concentrations in our 36 hr. Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program.  Students can combine two or even three of the concentrations below toward their masters degree. 

Biomedical Science (BMS) is the application of biological sciences to medical use, be it research, diagnostics, health monitoring or treatment. As medicine and healthcare becomes increasingly sophisticated, the demand grows for highly skilled biomedical scientists capable of innovating, performing and analyzing a battery of scientific procedures to diagnose, screen, maintain and improve human health. This degree concentration further prepares the pre-health professional (pre-med, pre-vet, pre-pharm) student to obtain entry into health professional schools.

Sample of courses offered in the Biomedical Science Concentration:


Forensic Science (FOR) is a growing field in the scientific community and there is a great need of trained analyst/scientists in the field. Research shows that there is a dearth in crime analyst in the nation, particularly in the state of Texas. UHV has a strong Biology program including state of the art molecular genetics (DNA) labs. UHV also has well defined programs in criminal justice, psychology, and math, which can be taken in combination with the forensic science concentration in the Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies program. Being a classical interdisciplinary field, the MAIS lends particularly to the training of forensic scientists within this degree. UHV is an ideal institution to provide students with curricula to prepare for careers in this area.

Sample of courses offered in the Forensic Science Concentration:

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Bioinformatics (BIO) is the application of information technology to the field of molecular biology. The primary goal of bioinformatics is to increase our understanding of biological processes.

Sample of courses offered in the Bioinformatics Concentration:


For more information about the Biological Sciences Programs, please contact Dr. Richard Gunasekera, Director of Biological Sciences-Graduate Studies at