Biological Sciences Programs Curriculum

For detailed course descriptions and other information about the curriculum, see the University Catalog.

Core Courses

BS761 Advanced Cell Biology

3 credits

BS763/767 Cell Biology Methods/Cell Biology Methods Lab

3/2 credits

BS764/765 Biotechnology/Biotechnology Lab

3/2 credits

BS898 Graduate Seminar

1 credit

ST310a, 702, or 704 Statistics

3 credits

a This course satisfies the requirement for statistical background but does not earn graduate credit for PhD students.  

Elective Courses

Courses from other programs may be elected with permission of the program director; it is the responsibility of the student to fulfill course prerequisites. MS students may take up to six didactic credits from undergraduate courses at the 300 or 400 level. MS students must complete at least 3 credits at the 800 level; PhD students must complete at least 6 credits at the 800 level.

Program electives include:

BI450 Bioinformatics I: Genomics1

3 credits

BI451 Bioinformatics II1

3 credits

BI465 Microarray Technology1

3 credits

BI475 Proteomics11

3 credits

BS736 Advanced Pharmacognosy

3 credits

BS750 Virology

3 credits

BS752 Advanced Immunology

3 credits

BS786 Research Ethics

1 credit

BS790 Project in Cell Biology and Biotechnology1, 2

1 to 3 credits

BS820 Advanced Ethnobotany

2 credits

BS850 Metabolic Engineering

3 credits

BS860 Special Topics in Cell Biology and Biotechnology

2-3 credits

BS862 Biological Membranes

3 credits

CH727 Physical Biochemistry

3 credits

CH728 Advanced Biochemistry

3 credits

CH748 Computer-Aided Drug Design (CADD)

3 credits

CH811 Chemistry of Medicinals

3 credits

PY340 Biophysics I1 3 credits
1Elective for MS programs only  
2Elective for MS,Professional and MS Thesis Biomedical Writing Certificate programs only  

MS, non-thesis option

In addition to the program core outlined above, electives for the MS non-thesis option may be choosen to enhance the student's career objectives or to allow exploration of additional areas of interest.

BS785 Introduction to Research a

2 to 4 credits

BS790 Project in Cell Biology and Biotechnology b

1 to 3 credits

a For the student who is contemplating a change to the MS thesis option or those interested in exploring research as a future direction.
b May be taken up to two times for credit.

MS, non-thesis option with Certificate in Biomedical Writing:

In additon to the program core outlined above, these students will complete the following courses in Biomedical Writing.

BW701 Professional Writing in Science

3 credits

BW704 Regulatory Documentation Process

3 credits

BW708 Regulatory Writing: New Drug Applications

3 credits

BW721 Regulatory Writing GxP Documentation or BW780 Regulatory Writing Special Topics

3 credits

Other biomedical writing courses may be chosen with the permission of the program directors of both the cell biology and biotechnology and the biomedical writing programs.

Electives from the cell biology and biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, or biomedical writing programs will be chosen to total 39 credits.

MS, professional option

In addition to the program core outlined above, these students will complete the following courses in the MBA program:

PB711 Managerial and Financial Accounting

2 credits

PB721 Managerial Finance

2 credits

PB731 Business Statistics i

2 credits

PB741 Team Dynamics—Human Resources Management

2 credits

PB742 Leadership and Development

2 credits

PB761 Competitive Analysis and Strategic Business Planning

2 credits

PB762 Pharmaceutical Research and Development Management

2 credits

PB774 Ethical Issues in Pharmaceutical Business

2 credits

i Students pursuing the MS professional degree option may choose Business Statisics (PB731) to satisfy the program statistics requirement.

Elective(s) from the Cell Biology & Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, or MBA programs will be chosen to total 38 credits.

MS, thesis option

In addition to the program core outlined above, these students will complete the following:

BS785 Introduction to Research ±

2 to 4 credits

BS799 Master's Research

1 to 12 credits (10 minimum)

± Required at the discretion of the program director.

PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology

In addition to the program core outlined above, the PhD students will complete the following courses:

Students who contemplate submission of proposals for extramural funding or participation in such research are highly recommended to complete BS786-Research Ethics (Credits:1).

BS785 Introduction to Research ±

2 to 4 credits

BS887 PhD Colloquium

1 credit

BS889 Doctoral Research

1 to 12 credits (20 minimum)

± Required at the discretion of the program director.

DO/PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology

The courses required consist of the requirements of the first two years of the DO education, the core courses outlined above, a minimum of 20 credits of doctoral research, and electives that complete the required number of credits or as directed by the Research Advisory Committee. The PhD portion of this degree program follows the policies established for other graduate degree programs at USciences including those that specifically refer to the DO/PhD degree option.

Certificate in Biotechnology:

Students in the certificate in biotechnology program are expected to complete:

BS466 Genetics

4 credits

BS764 Biotechnology

3 credits

BS765 Biotechnology Laboratory

2 credits

Elective(s)

3 credits

CH341 Molecular Structure in Biochemistry §

3 credits

§ Students who have completed a comparable course will be required to substitute one or more electives with credits that total at least 15 total credits.