MS in Physiology and Biophysics Program Curriculum & Guidelines

  • Masters Program Code: 20FS1584MS
  • Anticipated length of Program: 2 years
  • Research-based Course Work First Year
  • Research Rotations Optional

Application & Guidelines

First Year

Fall Semester:

  • PHYB 551 - Human Physiology I
  • PHYB 571 - Clinical Application of Physiology 1
  • PHYB 591 - Departmental Seminar. Students are required to attend 2/3 of the Seminars.
  • GCLS 506 - One lab rotation

Spring Semester:

  • PHYB 552 - Human Physiology II
  • PHYB 572 - Clinical Application of Physiology 2
  • PHYB 591 - Departmental Seminar
  • GCLS 506 - Two lab rotations

Students should work full-time in a laboratory during the summer semester between the first and second years. They should register for PHYB 598 with at least 8 credits hours.

Second Year

  • PHYB 591 - Departmental Seminar (fall and spring semesters)
  • PHYB 598 - Thesis Research (12 credits for the fall and winter semester and 8 credits for the summer semester). Register with the Thesis Advisor for fall and spring semesters.
  • PHYB 595 - Journal Club and Seminar in Physiology (Required for the tern of graduation).

Additional Courses

The student could take any of the following courses to complete their credit hours, as recommended by the Thesis Advisor, and/or based on student's research interest.

  • GCLS 501 - Biochemistry
  • GCLS 502 - Molecular Biology
  • GCLS 503 - Cell Biology
  • GCLS 401 - Scientific Integrity and Responsible Research
  • GCLS 470 - Essentials of Animal Research. If the Master research project involves animals, the student should take this course at the Biological Resources Laboratory.
  • GCLS 504 - Research Methods I. This is a modular course that allows students to take the modules that seem most appropriate for their research interests. Discuss this with your first-year or Thesis Advisor
  • Radiation Safety - If the research project uses radioactive materials, the student is required to take classes offered by the Radiation Protection Office.