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WesternU's Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) graduates will be sought after in academia, the biotech industry, and both public and private research institutions. The success of our students will be the result of our students' dedication, the curriculum, our faculty's commitment to teaching and learning, and the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences's emphasis on interdisciplinary research.
During the two-year (full time) program you will complete core courses and electives in biotechnology and biomedical sciences. You will also conduct independent research and complete a research-based thesis at the end of your second year. A faculty advisor will help you select a research topic and mentor you throughout your thesis work.
A minimum of 40 semester credit hours are required to complete the MSBS program including: 20 credit hours of the required courses, 14 credit hours of elective courses and 6 credit hours of research and thesis.
- Required Courses
- GCBS 5040 Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life
- GCBS 5060 Introduction to Biotechnology
- GCBS 5080 Biological Systems in Human Disease I
- GCBS 5081 Biological Systems in Human Disease II
- GCBS 5085 Research Laboratory Rotations
- GCBS 5090 Biomedical Statistics and Research Design
- GCBS 6999 Thesis
- Elective Courses
- GCBS 6000 Graduate Seminar
- GCBS 6201 Advanced Topics in Pharmacology
- GCBS 6301 Advanced Topics in Virology
- GCBS 6302 Advanced Topics in Genetics
- GCBS 6401 Advanced Topics in Structural Biology
- GCBS 6501 Advanced Topics in Neurobiology
- GCBS 6601 Specialty Research Experience
- GCBS 6701 Directed Reading
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The WesternU Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program will prepare you to ask salient questions in the biomedical sciences and use your knowledge and research skills to find answers. You will become a creative scientific problem solver, whether you work in academia, the biomedical industry, or public or private research.
Caring about students and helping them achieve success is a hallmark of our faculty. As respected practitioners and scholars who keep pace with the latest teaching techniques and technology, our professors are committed to helping you master the material.
MSBS faculty are typically faculty in one of WesternU's eight other colleges. Their areas of research include neuropharmacology, physiology, pharmaceutics and drug delivery, pharmacokinetics, genetics, environmental toxicology, molecular immunology, avian influenza, systems biology, cancer therapeutics, HIV and neurodegenerative diseases. Faculty research is funded through a variety of public and private grant programs.
WesternU is a thriving academic health center spread out over 22 acres in Pomona, CA. The main campus includes 19 major buildings. As a Biomedical Sciences student you would primarily use classrooms and labs in the University Research Center and 3,600 square feet of research laboratories include cell culture and other facilities, a dark room, and a multi-species animal facility with the latest equipment to support faculty and student research.
You will also make use of the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library, a four-story 34,000-square-foot building renovated in 2001. The library features hard-wire and wireless capabilities for laptop use in any room; group study rooms and numerous study carrels; and two computer labs. The library's collection is extensive with over 27,000 volumes and journal subscriptions to over 500 print journals and access to more than 9,000 electronic journals. Electronic databases are available both on-campus and off-campus through the Library's e-resourse page.