Biomedical Studies

Major: Biomedical Studies
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 56.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.0102
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-1042

About the Program

This two-year special Master's degree program is designed for students who have completed the required health professional school prerequisites and may need to strengthen their science background and/or MCAT score before applying to medical or other health professional schools. The program combines the former one-year Medical Science Preparatory (MSP) program curriculum with the second year Master of Science in Biological Science (MBS) program curriculum into a two-year Master’s program.

In the first year, students take advanced undergraduate courses in physics and chemistry, graduate courses in biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, psychology and laboratory techniques, and a year-long dedicated MCAT preparation course. At the end of the year, students sit for the MCAT and complete a summer research project. Students transition into the second year of the program after successful completion of the first year curriculum (minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 and all courses with passing grades). During the second year, students take rigorous coursework in biochemistry, physiology, cell biology & histology and neuroanatomy, utilizing the IMS medical school-equivalent lectures and laboratory materials, as well as an ethics and a professionalism course, to complete the MS degree.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MBS program must have fulfilled undergraduate pre-medical requirements and demonstrated mastery of the material at a minimum grade of C. These requirements include a year of biology, chemistry, physics and organic chemistry, including respective laboratory sections. Applicants are required to submit official MCAT scores if the exam was taken, or general GRE scores in lieu of the MCAT. The following credentials are competitive for application to the MBS program:

  • An minimum undergraduate math/science and cumulative GPA of 2.9
  • All premedical prerequisite courses at a grade of C or better
  • Minimum MCAT scores of 21 (pre-2015 MCAT), or 35th percentile (2015 MCAT), or minimum GRE scores of 60th percentile

Applicants with lower scores may be considered, if they can demonstrate a marked improvement in their academic history. Health care–related experiences, community service, research, leadership and extracurricular activities are also taken into consideration.

Degree Requirements

Required Undergraduate Courses
MSPP 400SAdvanced Topics in Chemistry I4.0
MSPP 401SAdvanced Topics in Chemistry II4.0
MSPP 402SAdvanced Topics in Physics I4.0
MSPP 403SAdvanced Topics in Physics II4.0
MSPP 404SConcepts in Science and Verbal Reasoning I6.0
MSPP 405SConcepts in Science and Verbal Reasoning II6.0
Required MS Courses
MSPP 511SConcepts in Bioch & Cell Biolo4.0
MSPP 512SPsychosocial and Behavioral Factors in Health and Medicine3.0
MSPP 525SCommunity Dimensions of Medici2.0
MSPP 505SLab Tech in Bioch & Molec Biol2.0
MSPP 513SSpecial Topics in Anatomy4.0
MSPP 515SBiological Function & Regulation4.0
IMSP 502SMedicine and Society I3.0
IMSP 513SBiochemical Basis of Disease8.0
IMSP 506SMedical Professionalism and Leadership 3.0
IMSP 522SFunction of the Human Body I3.5
IMSP 523SFunction of the Human Body II3.5
IMSP 542SCell Biology and Histology I5.0
IMSP 543SCell Biology and Histology II3.0
IMSP 562SNeuroanatomy: Structure and Function 6.0
Summer Research Project
MSPP 550SResearch Project2.0
Additional Non-required Courses
Basic Immunology I
Basic Immunology II
Fundamentals of Nutrition and Diet
Total Credits84.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredits
Required Undergraduate Courses 
MSPP 402SAdvanced Topics in Physics I4.0
MSPP 400SAdvanced Topics in Chemistry I4.0
MSPP 404SConcepts in Science and Verbal Reasoning I6.0
Required Graduate Courses 
MSPP 511SConcepts in Bioch & Cell Biolo4.0
MSPP 512SPsychosocial and Behavioral Factors in Health and Medicine3.0
MSPP 525S*Community Dimensions of Medici2.0
MSPP 505SLab Tech in Bioch & Molec Biol2.0
 Term Credits25.0
Spring
Required Undergraduate Courses 
MSPP 403SAdvanced Topics in Physics II4.0
MSPP 401SAdvanced Topics in Chemistry II4.0
MSPP 405SConcepts in Science and Verbal Reasoning II6.0
Required MS Courses 
MSPP 513SSpecial Topics in Anatomy4.0
MSPP 515SBiological Function & Regulation4.0
 Term Credits22.0
Second Year
Fall
MSPP 550SResearch Project2.0
IMSP 513SBiochemical Basis of Disease8.0
IMSP 522SFunction of the Human Body I3.5
IMSP 542SCell Biology and Histology I5.0
IMSP 502SMedicine and Society I3.0
Optional 
Basic Immunology I 
 Term Credits21.5
Spring
IMSP 506SMedical Professionalism and Leadership 3.0
IMSP 523SFunction of the Human Body II3.5
IMSP 543SCell Biology and Histology II3.0
IMSP 562SNeuroanatomy: Structure and Function 6.0
Optional 
Basic Immunology II 
Fundamentals of Nutrition and Diet 
 Term Credits15.5
Total Credit: 84.0
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 This course will be offered over two semesters

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