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
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 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 options 11
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 Units 45

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.