Biomedical Research Scholars Track

 

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About

The Biomedical Research Scholars track is part of the Masters Program. Students and professionals pursue this track to learn more about the various biomedical research. This includes but is not limited to cell biology, neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology, immunology and infectious diseases, microbiology, molecular biology, and genetics. Students graduate with either a thesis-based Master of Science (MS) or a non-thesis Master of Biomedical Science (MBS) degree. Graduates from this program enter into Ph.D. programs or ennhance their career in the biopharma industry or teaching in higher education.

Advantages of the Biomedical Research Scholars track

Academic concentrations

Students can obtain one of the following concentrations by completing the curriculum indicated under the corresponding link. Neuroscience, Oral Biology, Pharmacological Sciences  or Stem Cell Biology.

Flexible curriculum

This is a 30 credit program. Of these 30 credits, 9 credits come from the core (required) courses and 21 credits come from elective courses. This means students can choose from a wide-range of courses depending on their area of interest. A sample list of courses is listed below.

Conduct research with nationally and internationally renowned faculty

Although laboratory research is not mandatory, Masters students can participate in laboratory research through the 2-credit research rotation or the 5-credit Masters thesis. The Masters thesis research is a great stepping stone for students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. training and education.

Opportunity to participate in courses and co-curricular programs with Ph.D. students

Many of our courses are open to both Masters and Ph.D. students. Masters students participating in these courses have the opportunity to learn with Ph.D. students. In addition, Masters students can participate in may co-curricular and extra-curricular activities e.g. Anuual Research Symposium alongside Ph.D. students.

One-on-one advisement

All students in the biomedical research scholars track receive personalized advisement from Dr. Badheka on course selection for each semester, career exploration, job application, and application to Ph.D. programs.

Career development bootcamp for graduate students, February 2020

Curriculum

Students require 30 credits with a grade point average of 3.0 (B-average) or better to graduate. Of these 30 credits, 9 credits come from the core (required) courses listed below. The remaining 21 credits are from elective courses. Based on every individual student's goals, strengths, and timeline, the academic advisors help students create a course schedule from the following:

Core courses:

1. Seminar in Biomedical Sciences (1 credit) offered on Tuesdays 4:30 to 5:45 PM or Oral Biology Research Seminar (1 credit)

In these courses, faculty members present their research and engage in discussion with the class. Through this course students learn how the research in laboratory and clinical settings has advanced the knowledge and technology in life science. In addition, students develop creative and critical thinking-skills through active discussion during the seminars.

2. Research in Biomedical Sciences, also called Masters Research Rotations (2 credits), which are typically based in a research laboratory but can also involve clinical or non-laboratory research. Students who have previous research experience can obtain an exemption from this requirement, fulfilling the 2 credits with another course)

3. Any two of the following 3 credit courses:

          Offered on Mondays, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

          Offered on Tuesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

          Offered on Wednesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

          Offered on Mondays, 2:00 to 5:00 PM

Elective courses:

A complete listing of available graduate courses can be found in the Spring and Fall course listings on the course information web page. By selecting specific sets of elective courses, students can also complete a concentration within their Master's degree, with offerings in Neuroscience, Oral Biology, Pharmacological Sciences or Stem Cell Biology.

 

Sample 3 credit courses


Course number

Course name

Credits

GSND N500A

Fundamentals of biomedical sciences (Part A)

3

GSND N500B

Fundamentals of biomedical sciences (Part B)

3

PHPY 5005Q

Fundamentals of human physiology

3

PHPYN5021

Fundamentals of pharmacology

3

PHPY N5030

Topics in pharmacology

3

PHPY N5225

Principles of toxicology - I

3

PHPY N526Q

Principles of Toxicology II

3

PATHN5209

The business of science – drug development from molecules to medicine

3

 

Sample 1 and 2 credit courses


MSBS 5910Q

Seminar in biomedical sciences

1

PATH 5130Q DN

DNA Repair in Health and Disease

1

PATH 511AQ

Immunology

1

MBGC 5002Q

Introduction to Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics

2

MSBS N5134

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Biology

2

MSBS N512Q

Topics in Cancer Stem Cell Biology

2

CBMM 5002Q

Practical Approaches for Studying Protein Function

2

 

Courses for experiential learning


MSBS 5000Q

Master’s thesis research

5

MSBS 593AQ

Research in biomedical sciences

2

MSBS 599AQ

Biomedical training internship

3

MSBS 5120Q

Pharmaceutical internship

2-3

MSBS 5125Q

Teacher training internship

1-3

 

Alumni career paths

Our alumni have graduated into research and business positions in the industry, furthered their education by joining Ph.D. programs or boosted their career in teaching. You can join the program in the fall or spring semester.

LinkedIn profiles of our select alumni: