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
IBGS 607 Integrated Biomedical Graduate Studies Seminar 1 0
REL_ ____ Graduate-level religion course (RELE, RELR, or RELT) 3
Program specific courses  
Choose from the following: 9
Introductory Flow Cytometry 3  
Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics  
Special Problems in Microbiology  
Independent Study in Microbiology Literature  
Degree completion options 11
Coursework track:  
Electives (Choose 11 additional units from available electives listed below or from program-specific courses above)
Research track:  
Elective (3)
Research (5 units)  
Thesis (1-3 units)  
Total Units 45
Available Electives  
ANAT 507 Stem Cell Biology and Medicine 4
BCHM 515 Introduction to Bioinformatics 2
BCHM 544 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 2-4
IBGS 525 Translational Research Training 2
MICR 537 Selected Topics in Molecular Biology 2, 3 1-3
PHRM 584 Drug Metabolism and Biochemical Pharmacology 4

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.