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2013-2014 Catalog

School of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Plan for Biomedical Sciences - Professional Science (M.S.)



The Masters of Science degree with a major in Biomedical Sciences – Professional Science is a program primarily designed to fill the needs of technology-based companies, governmental agencies, private industries, including non-profit organizations. It provides an interdisciplinary curriculum with internships with local businesses and hands-on experience.

1. General Admission Requirements. Admission to Graduate Studies (see graduate admission requirements).

2. Program Admission. In addition to meeting university admissions requirements for a graduate degree students must submit their official GRE scores. Admission to the M.S. program is based on an evaluation by the program's admission committee of the following information:

a) A one-page essay that states the student’s reasons for applying to the program and his or her career goals and research and scholarly interests, if any.

b) Submit official GRE scores and have an Admissions index of 1,400 or higher (if taken prior to August 1, 2011) or 980 (if taken on or after August 1, 2011), obtained by either of the following:

1) If taken prior to August 1, 2011: GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200 Plus GRE score (Verbal + Quantitative)

2) If taken on or after August 1, 2011: GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200 Plus 15 times (Verbal + Quantitative – 260)

Degree Requirements :

Students must complete a 36 credit hour program with a final minimum of a ‘B’ in each course, consisting of:

A. Eighteen credit hours of core courses, which include biomedical sciences, forensic science and biological sciences.

B. Twelve credit hours of elective courses.

C. Six credit hours of internship.

All students enrolled in the program are required to complete the 18 hours of core courses listed below.

CORE Courses:

Prefix and Number

Required Courses

SCH

BIMS 6322

Biochemical and Molecular Genetics

3

BIMS 6332

Studies in Intermediary Metabolism

3

BIOL 6320

Introduction to Bioinformatics

3

BIMS 6300

Selected Topics (Principles of Biomedical Science and Biotechnology)

3

BIOL 6300

Selected Topics (Research Methods in Science)

3

FORS 6320

Analytical Chemistry and Toxicology

3

Students then have the option to select one of three tracks to complete this Masters of Science degree:

1. Biomedical Sciences : Core courses plus 18 (including internship) additional hours.

2. Forensic Sciences : Core courses plus 18 (including internship) additional hours.

3. Biological Sciences (general): Core courses plus 18 (including internship) additional hours.

1. Biomedical Science Track: 18 core credit hours plus 18 concentration credit hours (including 6 hours of internship) for a total of 36 credit hours for the degree.

General Required Courses

Biomedical Science Track

BIMS 6322 Biochemical and Molecular Genetics

3

BIMS 6341 Molecular Biology of Cancer

3

BIMS 6332 Studies in Intermediary Metabolism

3

BIOL 6333 Advanced Cell Biology and Proteomics

3

BIOL 6320 Introduction to Bioinformatics

3

BIOL 6330 Comparative Genomics

3

BIMS 6300 Selected Topics (Principles of Biomedical Science and Biotechnology)

3

BIOL 6335 Applications for Bioinformatics

3

BIOL 63000 Selected Topics (Research Methods in Science)

3

Internship

6

FORS 6320 Analytical Chemistry and Toxicology

3

2. Forensic Science Track: 18 core credit hours plus 18 concentration credit hours (including 6 hours of internship) for a total of 36 credit hours for the degree.

General Required Courses

Forensic Science Track

BIMS 6322 Biochemical and Molecular Genetics

3

FORS 6330 Forensic Biology and Criminalistics

3

BIMS 6332 Studies in Intermediary Metabolism

3

FORS 6300 Selected Topics (Forensic Anthropology & Anatomy)

3

BIOL 6320 Introduction to Bioinformatics

3

FORS 6300 Selected Topics (Forensic Science and the Law)

3

BIMS 6300 Selected Topics (Principles of Biomedical Science and Biotechnology)

3

FORS 6300 Selected Topics (Advanced Forensic Science Survey)

3

BIOL 6300 Selected Topics (Research Methods in Science)

3

Internship

6

FORS 6320 Analytical Chemistry and Toxicology

3

3. Biological Sciences (general) Track: 18 core credit hours plus 18 concentration credit hours (including 6 hours of internship) for a total of 36 credit hours for the degree.

General Required Courses

(CORE)

Biological Science Track (general)

Example general courses

BIMS 6322 Biochemical and Molecular Genetics

3

BIOL 6333 Advanced Cell Biology and Proteomics

3

BIMS 6332 Studies in Intermediary Metabolism

3

BIOL 6330 Comparative Genomics

3

BIOL 6320 Introduction to Bioinformatics

3

BIMS 6324 Phytochemicals, Cancer and Disease

3

BIMS 6300 Selected Topics (Principles of Biomedical Science and Biotechnology)

3

BIOL 6337 Computer Science for Bioinformatics

3

BIOL 6300 Selected Topics (Research Methods in Science

3

Internship

6

FORS 6320 Analytical Chemistry and Toxicology

3

This third track is general to give the opportunity for pre-health professionals (pre-med/dental/vet) taking admissions tests for medical/dental colleges to choose courses that would better prepare them for a tailor made degree plan they would need to build with their advisors to reach their goals in health care professions.