Master of Arts in Biomolecular Sciences

Program Rationale:
The Master of Arts in Biomolecular Sciences is designed to fulfill the educational needs of biologists who desire further specialization and/or knowledge of recent advances in cell and molecular aspects of biology, students who seek an immersion in cell and molecular biology as an intermediate step toward preparation for work at the doctoral level, and teachers who are interested in furthering their knowledge in molecular and cellular biology.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduate students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge in biomolecular science, including an understanding of:
    1. the connection between molecular properties and cellular activities,
    2. the connection between cellular activities and biological responses,
    3. cellular structure and function, including chemical composition, physiochemical and functional organization of organelles, and basic cellular metabolism,
    4. major cellular processes, including DNA replication, gene regulation, protein structure and function, cell signaling, and differentiation,
    5. the role of molecular and cellular processes in human health and disease,
    6. contemporary techniques used in cell and molecular biology;
  • be able to evaluate papers from the scientific literature and present oral and written critiques;
  • develop research questions and the approach they will use to address that question; and
  • successfully complete a research project, analyze and evaluate the data generated and present their findings in both an oral and written format.

Course and Capstone Requirements:
Each student will be assigned a graduate committee that will help the student plan a sound program of study.

There are two options (Plan A and Plan B) leading to the Master of Arts in Biomolecular Sciences degree, both of which require a total of 30 credits, made up of a Course Component and a Capstone Component.

Course Component (24-27 credits)

BMS 500 Seminar in BMS 1
BMS 540 Advanced Topics in BMS 1-4
BMS 572 Laboratory Rotation in Cell and Molecular Biology 1

and biomolecular course electives (18-22 credits in BMS or related fields) from the following courses or others as approved by the advisor:

BMS 412 Human Physiology (413) (with optional lab) 3-4
BMS 415 Advanced Exploration in Cell, Molecular & Physiological Biology 3
BMS 505 Molecular Biology 4
BMS 506 Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics, and Metabolic Regulation (497) (with optional lab) 3-4
BMS 516 Medical Microbiology 3
BMS 519 Physiology of Human Aging 3
BMS 540 Advanced Topics in BMS 1-4
BMS 562 Developmental Biology 3
BMS 570 Advanced Genetics 3
BMS 590 Focused Study in Advanced BMS 1-4
CHEM 456 Toxicology 3
CHEM 458 Advanced Biochemistry 3
BIO 416 Immunology 3
BIO 449 Plant Physiology (450) (with optional lab) 3-4

Capstone Component (3-6 credits)

Plan A:

BMS 599 Thesis 3
BMS 591 Independent Research Project in BMS 3
  Thesis defense  


Plan B:

BMS 591 Independent Research Project in BMS 3
  Comprehensive Exam.  
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