Interdisciplinary Studies

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:

  • BIMS 6300: Special Topics in Biomedical Science
  • BIMS 6322: Biochemical and Molecular Genetics
  • BIMS 6324: Phytochemicals, Cancer and Disease
  • BIMS 6332: Studies in Intermediary Metabolism
  • BIMS 6341: Molecular Biology of the Cell

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:

  • CRIJ 6321 Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
  • CRIJ 6330 Advanced Criminology
  • FORS 6300 Special Topics in Forensics
  • FORS 6310 Forensic Psychology
  • FORS 6320 Analytical Chemistry & Toxicology  
  • FORS 6330 Forensic Biology & Criminalistics

Related Courses:          

  • BIOL 3320 Human Genetics
  • BIOL 4320 Embryology
  • BIOL 4325 Introduction to Forensic Science
  • BIOL 4343 Immunology
  • BIOL 4345 Toxicology
  • CRIJ 3322 Patterns and Typologies
  • CRIJ 4300 Terrorism
  • CRIJ 4300 Legal Aspects-Law Enforcement
  • CRIJ 4311 Criminal Law
  • CRIJ 4318 Victimology

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:

  • BIOL 6320:Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • BIOL 6330: Comparative Genomics
  • BIOL 6333: Advanced Cell Biology and Proteomics
  • BIOL 6335: Applications for Bioinformatics
  • BIOL 6337:Computer Science for Bioinformatics

For more information please contact us at Arts and Sciences.