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MS in Biomedical Sciences | Curriculum


Individuals admitted to this program and choosing any of the six laboratory science tracks complete 45-academic credit hours, including a minimum of 15 didactic semester hours, and thesis. The program inlcudes classroom lectures, seminars, scientific writing requirements, oral presentations, and mentored original research. The degree is designed to be completed in 21 months on a continuous, full time basis, beginning each fall. Part-time enrollment is not permitted. The Fall 1 term is a common curriculum for all tracks except Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and students are encouraged to try different disciplines through laboratory rotations of the student’s choice. Thesis mentors and tracks are usually chosen at the start of the Spring 1 term.

Year Semester Course* Credit Hours
1 Fall CGS-765 Proteins:Dynam Struct & Funct 3
    CGS-766 Genes: Inheritance/Expression 4
    CGS-767 Cells:Organization/Communicat 3
    CGS-768 Techniques & Experimental Desi 2
    CGS-970 Research  1
      Total Semester Hours 13*
1 Spring CGS-770 Principles Practices & Prof 2
      Track Specific Research & Electives 7
      Total Semester Hours 9*
1 Summer CGS-762 Scientific Writing for MBS 1
      Track Specific Research & Electives 8*
      Total Semester Hours 9*
 2  Fall   Track Specific Research & Electives  9*
       Total Semester Hours  9*
 2  Spring   Track Specific Research & Electives    9*
        Total Semester Hours  9*
      Total Minimum Credit Hours 45


*Required Track-specific additional coursework:

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

BMB 730         Research and Methods seminar, 1 semester hour in Spring 1,  Fall 2, Spring 2

Experimental Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

PATH 700       Pathology Seminar Series, 1 semester hour in Spring 1, Fall 2, Spring 2


NSCS 730       Fundamentals of Neuroscience, Spring 1, 8 semester hours

Cell & Molecular Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics

Optional unless required by thesis committee 

Microbiology & Immunology

Optional unless required by thesis committee

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences in Biostatistics or Epidemiology Course List

BMTRY 700 - Introduction to Clinical Biostatistics (Biostatistics I)

BMTRY 701 - Biostatistical Methods II

BMTRY 702 - Advanced ANOVA and Regression

BMTRY 706 - Theoretical Foundations of Statistics I

BMTRY 707 - Theoretical Foundations of Statistics II

BMTRY 711 - Analysis of Categorical Data

BMTRY 713 - Infectious Disease Epidemiology

BMTRY 714 - Linear Models in Biology and Medicine

BMTRY 717 - Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials

BMTRY 718 - Stochastic Processes in Biology and Medicine

BMTRY 719 - Bayesian Biostatistics

BMTRY 721 - Fundamentals of Statistical & Epidemiological Collaboration

BMTRY 722 - Analysis of Survival Data

BMTRY 724 - Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials

BMTRY 725 - Grant Development of Clinical Research

BMTRY 726 - Multivariate Methods in Biology and Medicine

BMTRY 734 - Cancer Epidemiology

BMTRY 736 - Foundations of Epidemiology (Epidemiology I)

BMTRY 737 - Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Diseases

BMTRY 738 - Field Epidemiology (3)

BMTRY 745 - Environmental Epidemiology

BMTRY 747 - Foundations of Epidemiology II

BMTRY 748 - Foundations of Epidemiology III

BMTRY 757 - Molecular Epidemiology

BMTRY 759 - Health Disparities

BMTRY 761 - Longitudinal Data Analysis

BMTRY 763 - Spatial Epidemiology: Statistical Methods & Applications

BMTRY 765 - Chronic Disease Epidemiology

BMTRY 766 - Methods and Outcomes in Cancer Population Sciences

BMTRY 776 - Public Health Seminar

BMTRY 777 - Cancer Health Equity Research

BMTRY 779 - Advanced Inference

BMTRY 781 - Methods in Clinical Cancer Research

BMTRY 782 - Microbiome Informatics

BMTRY 783 - Statistical Methods for Bioinformatics

BMTRY 784 - Biostatistical Methods III

BMTRY 785 - Probability and Statistical Inference

BMTRY 790 - Machine Learning and Data Mining