The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

MS in Biological Sciences

The overwhelming advancement in the fields of medicine and translational science is mostly due to the recent achievements and breakthroughs in biological sciences. Our curriculum emphasizes the principles and experimental approaches of modern and applied biological sciences and covers a variety of sub-disciplines. Students progressively develop expertise in genetics, genomics, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and neurobiology, while gaining extensive hands-on experience and professional skills in biosciences that qualifies them to join PhD programs or pursue professional careers in biosciences.


The MS in Biological Sciences comprises a total of 30 credits, distributed as follows:

I. MS Core Courses (9 credits)

Number Course Cr
BIO611 Molecular Biology and Genomics 3
BIO/BCH612 Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function 3
BIO613 Cell Biology 3
BIO600 Graduate Seminar 0

II. Elective Courses (15 credits)

Number Course Cr
BIO605 Research Tools 3
BIO621 Model Organism Genetics 3
BIO622 Human Genetics and Epidemiology 3
BIO631 Tumor Markers and Target Cancer Therapeutics 3
BIO632 Advances in Epigenetics and Therapeutics 3
BIO633 Signaling in Cancer Malignancy and Metastasis 3
BIO623 Quantitative Imaging of Cells 3
BIO660 Bioinformatics Tools and Applications 3
BIO625 Proteomics 3
BIO645 Diagnostic Microbiology and Immunology 3
BIO648 Fungal Genetics and Pathogenicity  3
BIO646 Microbial Pathogenesis 3
BIO681 Special Topics in Biology 3

III. Research work (6 credits)

Number Course Cr
BIO699 Thesis 6

The thesis can be in the following fields of research: Microbial Genomics, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Cancer Therapeutics, Clinical Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology, Human Genetics, Fungal Genetics, and Neurobiology.

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