Student and professor in labFive-Year Master of Health Science Concentration in Biomedical Sciences

In addition to its four-year bachelor of science degree in biomedical sciences, the Department of Biomedical Sciences offers a five-year master's degree in biomedical sciences. This program allows students who qualify to complete their master's degree in only one year immediately following the four-year undergraduate program.

Upon admission, students choosing this option are assigned to academic advisers who will assist them in designing a customized program to meet their career goals. Qualified students may complete the bachelor of science in health science studies and apply to graduate programs such as physician assistant, pathologists' assistant, cardiovascular perfusion, medical laboratory sciences, radiologist assistant, social work, MBA in health care management, or education. Students interested in the MBA in health care management are strongly encouraged to declare the general business minor early in their undergraduate program to ensure they have an adequate foundation for graduate business course work.

To qualify for this program, the student must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 after the third year of the program. Students who do not attain this GPA may continue on with the four-year undergraduate degree program in biomedical sciences.

Curriculum + Requirements

Fall Semester, First Year (17 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

BIO 150 General Biology (UC) 4
CHE 110 General Chemistry I 4
EN 101 Freshman Composition (UC) 3
MA 140 Quantitative Literacy (UC) 3
QU 101 Individual in the Community 3

Spring Semster, First Year (17 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

BIO 151 General Biology II (UC) 4
CHE 111 General Chemistry II 4
EN 102 Freshman Composition (UC) 3
UC Social Sciences 3
BMS 278 Research & Technology 3

Fall Semester, Second Year (14 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CHE 210 Organic Chemistry I 4
UC Social Science or MA 275 4
UC Elective 3

Spring Semester, Second Year (15 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

BIO 212 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry II 4
BMS 370 General Microbiology 4
QU 201 or open elective 3

Fall Semester, Third Year (15 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

PHY 110 General Physics I 4
BMS 375 Immunology 4
CHE 315 Biochemistry 4
or Biotech/Genetics 3
MA 275 Biostatistics or UC elective 3

Spring Semester, Third Year (16 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

PHY 111 General Physics II 4
Science of Health Science elective 3
open elective 3
QU 301 or open elective 3
UC elective 3

Fall Semester, Fourth Year (16 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

BMS 518 Pathophysiology 3
UC Fine Arts or Humanities (UC) 3
QU 301 or (UC) Humanities 3
Science elective or HSC elective 3
CHE 315 Biochemistry
or Biotech/Genetics 4

Spring Semester, Fourth Year (16 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

BIO 568 Science elective 4
BMS 579 Science elective 3
BMS Science elective 3
UC Fine Arts or Humanities (UC) 3
Open elective 3

Fall Semester, Fifth Year (14-18 credits)
(all graduate courses)

Course

Title

Credits

BMS Specialization Course            3-4
BMS Specialization Course 3
BMS Elective 3-4
BMS Elective 3
BMS 688 Independent Study 2-4

Spring Semester, Fifth Year (15-16 credits)
(all graduate courses)

Course

Title

Credits

BMS Specialization Course                     4
BMS Specialization Course 3
BMS Elective 3-4
BMS Elective 3
BMS 670** Comprehensive exam 2


Total credits: 155-160

*The comprehensive exam must be completed by April 15 of the fifth year