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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
IBGS 607Integrated Biomedical Graduate Studies Seminar 10
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 options11
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 Units45
Available Electives 
ANAT 507Stem Cell Biology and Medicine4
BCHM 515Introduction to Bioinformatics2
BCHM 544Advanced Topics in Biochemistry2-4
IBGS 525Translational Research Training2
MICR 537Selected Topics in Molecular Biology 2, 31-3
PHRM 584Drug Metabolism and Biochemical Pharmacology4

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.