Dec 08, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Biology, M.S. (Biomedical Sciences Concentration)

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General Program Information

Gerardo Arceo Gomez, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator
329 Brown Hall
Box 70703
(423) 439-6613

Faculty: Fred Alsop; Alok Agrawal; Gerardo Arceo-Gomez; Eric Beaumont; Joe Bidwell; Patrick Bradshaw; Russell Brown; Stacy Brown; Richard Carter; Ranjan Chakraborty; Michelle Chandley; Charles Collins; Michelle Duffourc; Thomas Ecay; Mohamed Elgazzar; Kenneth Ferslew; Allan Forsman; Cerrone Foster; Sean Fox; Theo Hagg; Jennifer Hall; Saeidreza Harirforoosh; J. Russell Hayman; Donald Hoover; David Hurley; Cuihong Jia; Yong Jiang; David Johnson; T. J. Jones; John Kalbfleisch; Istvan Karsai; Richard Kostrzewa; Michael Kruppa; Dhirendra Kumar; Thomas Kwasigroch; Bert Lampson; Chuanfu Li; Cecilia McIntosh; Hugh Miller; Darrell Moore; Jonathan Moorman; Eric Mustain; Gregory Ordway; Victoria Palau; Jonathan Peterson; Aaron Polichnowski; Brooks Pond; Christopher Pritchett; David Roane; Leonard Robertson; Mitchell Robinson; Diego Rodriquez Gil; Brian Rowe; Antonio Rusinol; Robert Schoborg; Blaine Schubert; Krishna Singh; Maripal Singh; James Stewart; William Stone; David Williams; Gary Wright; Qian Xie; Valentin Yakuenko; Lev Yampolsky; Zhi Yoa; Deling Yin; Meng-Yang Zhu; Yue Zou.

The Master of Science in Biology, with a concentration in Biomedical Sciences, is to prepare students to do research in industry, academia or a clinical environment. Students can work with any of the faculty in Biological Sciences or may be accepted into the laboratories of College of Medicine faculty. It also prepares students that may want to enroll in an MD/PhD program. It may be of interest to students who have performed well enough for graduate school admissions but are not fully prepared for medical school admissions and wish to take additional graduate level course work and improve their critical thinking skills through an intense research experience in pure or applied biomedical sciences. The program has financial support through graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships. Decisions to offer support are generally made by March or April of each year and students are encouraged to submit all their materials by February 1.

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, applicants must:

  • Have a 3.0 overall grade point average (on a 4.0 system) in their major
  • An undergraduate major in the life or physical sciences, with supporting courses in general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry (microbiology concentration will accept one semester of organic and one semester of biochemistry), and one year of physics are preferred
  • A course in calculus and/or a course in probability and statistics is recommended
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation
  • GRE score is not required, but is optional for Microbiology concentration applicants.

Biology, M.S. Degree Requirements: 30 credits

Core Requirements 13 credits
Concentration 14 credits
Thesis 3 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

Biology Core Requirements: 13 credits

Biomedical Sciences Concentration: 14 credits

  • Advisor Approved Electives (14 credits)

Selection of the appropriate courses will be made in consultation with the student’s advisory committee and/or the graduate coordinator.

Thesis: 3 credits

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