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A minimum of 45 units is required for the M.S. degree, as detailed in the table below. Two options, a research track and a course work track, are available. Students must maintain a G.P.A. of at least 3.0. Students must adhere to all University and program policies as published in the Student Handbook, University CATALOG, or Student Guide. Policies and requirements are subject to change.

Basic science core 
IBGS 501Biomedical Communication and Integrity2
IBGS 502Biomedical Information and Statistics2
IBGS 511Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems I6
IBGS 512Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems II6
IBGS 522Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems II Journal Club2
IBGS 523Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems III Journal Club2
Seminars (all required) 
IBGS 604Introduction to Integrative Biology Presentation Seminar1
IBGS 605Integrative Biology Presentation Seminar1
REL_ ____Graduate-level religion course (RELE, RELR, or RELT)3
Program specific courses12
Choose from the following: 
Stem Cell Biology and Medicine 
Human Embryology Lecture 
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 
Seminar in Stem Cells and Cancer 
Biochemical Basis of Human Disease SM2
IBGS 525Translational Research Training2
MDCJ 520Basis of Medical Genetics2
MDCJ 560Basis of Medical Genetics2
MICR 515Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics2
MICR 530Immunology4
MICR 537Selected Topics in Molecular Biology1-3
PHSL 541Cell and Molecular Biology4
PHSL 587Physiology of Reproduction2

Noncourse requirements

Course work track:  a comprehensive written examination over the graduate course work in lieu of preparing a thesis.

Research track:   pass an oral examination given by his/her graduate guidance committee after the thesis has been completed.

Normal time to complete the program

Two (2) years— based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted


See the comparison of the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs.