The program requires completion of a minimum of 32 semester hours and includes the following.
- Core Courses. This requirement is met by completing:
- Orientation. The candidate must enroll in BMS 701, Research in the Biomedical Sciences (3 hrs).
- Statistics. The candidate must enroll in an approved introductory statistics course at the graduate level if a course in statistics is not a part of their previous academic record.
- Electives. Other remedial or elective courses will be selected by the advisor in consultation with the student. Up to nine hours of appropriate course work, excluding research and thesis, may be selected from outside the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
- Research. All candidates (thesis and non-thesis options) must satisfactorily complete a research requirement of at least 3 hours by enrolling in BMS 798. Thesis option candidates may apply an additional 3 hours of BMS 798 and a maximum of 6 hours of BMS 799 toward the 700-level requirement for the degree. Non-thesis option candidates may not apply more than 4 hours of BMS 798 and may not apply BMS 799 toward the degree.
- 700-level courses. At least 16 hours of course work must be 700 level or above. A maximum of 6 hours in BMS 798, Research and 6 hours in BMS 799, Thesis may be counted toward the degree. In addition, candidates will be required to enroll every semester in the journal topics course, BMS 730, Current Literature Topics, for a maximum of 4 semesters.
- Comprehensive Examination. The candidate must pass a written exam taken in the third semester of graduate study and an oral examination administered by the departmental cell and molecular biology graduate faculty.
- Students must earn at least a C grade in all courses. Any grade of less than C will result in the dismissal of the student from the program.