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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
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 13
Choose from the following three (3) areas: 
Required core: (10-15 units)
Neuroscience GS 
Foundations in Neuroscience 
Neuroscience Methods 
Fundamentals of Electrophysiology 
History of Neuroscience 
Neuroinflammation: Neuron-Glia Interactions 
Psychobiological Foundations 
Electives: (5-6 units)
Cortical Circuits 
Contemporary Neuroimaging 
Neurosciences Journal Club 
Systems biology 
Required core: (10-15 units)
Data Management: Modeling and Development 
Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics 
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Physiology and Molecular Genetics of Microbes 
Systems Biology – A Practical Approach 
Advanced Bioinformatics — Sequence and Genome Analysis 
Genomics and Bioinformatics: Tools 
Integration of Computational and Experimental Biology 
Electives: (7-12) 2
Data Analytics and Decision Support 
Translational Research Training 
Basis of Medical Genetics 
Systems Biology Journal Club 
Required core: (10 units)
Engineering Analysis of Physiological Systems 
Cellular and Molecular Engineering 
Orthopaedic Regenerative Engineering and Mechanobiology 
Electives: (10-18 units) 2
Bioengineering Journal Club 
Bioengineering Fabrication 
Medical Imaging Physics 
Medical Image Analysis 
Radiation Detectors for Medical Applications 
Radiation Therapy Physics 
Degree completion options11
Coursework track: 
Electives (Choose 11 units from available electives listed in above areas of specialization))
Research track: 
Elective (0-2 units)
Research (8 units) 2 
Thesis (1-3 units) 
Total Units45

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.