The thesis or research Master of Science degree provides training for individuals who will become technicians involved in biomedical research in universities or in the biotechnology industry. The non-thesis Master of Science degree provides content appropriate for secondary teachers seeking advanced training in areas such as molecular biology, cancer biology, developmental biology, and regenerative medicine; and for students seeking admission to a professional school, such as medicine or dentistry.
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 501||Biomedical Communication and Integrity||2|
|IBGS 502||Biomedical Information and Statistics||2|
|IBGS 511||Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems I||6|
|IBGS 512||Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems II||6|
|IBGS 522||Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems II Journal Club||2|
|IBGS 523||Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems III Journal Club||2|
|Seminars (all required)|
|IBGS 604||Introduction to Integrative Biology Presentation Seminar||1|
|IBGS 605||Integrative Biology Presentation Seminar||1|
|REL_ ____||Graduate-level religion course (RELE, RELR, or RELT)||3|
|Program specific courses||12|
|Choose from the following:|
|Stem Cell Biology and Medicine|
|Human Embryology Lecture|
|Advanced Topics in Biochemistry|
|Seminar in Stem Cells and Cancer|
or BCHM 530
|Biochemical Basis of Human Disease SM||2|
|IBGS 525||Translational Research Training||2|
|MDCJ 520||Basis of Medical Genetics||2|
|MDCJ 560||Basis of Medical Genetics||2|
|MICR 515||Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics||2|
|MICR 537||Selected Topics in Molecular Biology||1-3|
|PHSL 541||Cell and Molecular Biology||4|
|PHSL 587||Physiology of Reproduction||2|
Registration and attendance required every quarter in residence, but units do not count toward total required for graduation.
May substitute with another religion course at the 500-level or greater.
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.