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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 and Guidelines

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MSPB 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.