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Biomedical Science, M.S.

Program Director: Oney Smith, Ph.D. osmith@hood.edu;  (301) 696-3653 

The Master of Science degree in Biomedical Science is a 33-credit program of graduate research and academic study developed for:

  • Persons holding a bachelor’s degree and currently employed in a biomedical or biotechnological research establishment who are seeking additional academic background as part of a career and professional growth program;
  • Teachers and other professionals with interests in biomedical science who wish to obtain a graduate degree; and
  • Professionals already holding advanced degrees who desire to update or extend their previous academic experiences in biomedical or biotechnological sciences.

The courses are taught in the evenings, thus, the program offers an alternative to conventional graduate education for those who work full time.

Those interested in applying for the Biomedical Science program, must have completed and earned a grade of C or better in the following undergraduate courses:

  • Microbiology
  • Organic Chemistry (2 semesters)
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Genetics (upper level, equivalent to BIOL 316 at Hood)
  • Cell Biology (upper level, equivalent to BIOL 339 at Hood)

Students who do not have this coursework completed are not eligible to apply to the Biomedical Science program. For additional admission information, click the ‘How to Apply’ link on the Graduate Admission page.

Prerequisites for Degree Candidacy: In addition to completing 12 hours of graduate study at Hood, applicants for degree candidacy must have achieved at least a B average in their graduate work.

Thesis Track Requirements 

Four core courses (12 credits)
Four elective courses (12 credits)

  • BMS 570 Research Seminar (3 credits)
  • BMS 580 Laboratory-based research thesis, under the direction of a thesis adviser and a reading committee (6 credits)

An oral defense of the thesis is required.

Nonthesis Track Requirements 

Four core courses (12 credits)
Six elective courses, three of which must be laboratory/lecture courses (18 credits)

  • BMS 571 Biomedical Science Seminar (3 credits)

Comprehensive examination covering material from the core courses. Preparation and oral defense of a mock grant proposal.

Core Courses (all concentrations) 

  • BMS 511 Protein Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • BMS 523 Cell Structure and Function (3 credits)
  • BMS 524 Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Cells (3 credits)
  • BMS 537 Introduction to Bioinformatics (3 credits)

Total credits (12)

Curricular Concentrations 

Students are encouraged to select elective courses within a concentration. The curricular concentrations are the faculty’s suggestions to help ensure a cohesive program of coursework. However, students, in consultation with their academic advisers, may select a combination of elective courses individualized to their own needs and interests. Only students who declare the concentration in Regulatory Compliance may take the Regulatory Compliance courses to fulfill their elective requirements.

Concentration in Biotechnology/Molecular Biology 

  • BMS 512 Biochemistry of Intermediary Metabolism (3 credits)
  • BMS 520 Protein Purification and Characterization (3 credits)
  • BMS 525 Virology (3 credits)
  • BMS 526 Molecular Mechanisms of Development (3 credits)
  • BMS 528 Immunology (3 credits)
  • BMS 531 Prokaryotic Genetics (3 credits)
  • BMS 534 Basic Principles and Methods of Molecular Genetics (Lab, 3 credits)
  • BMS 535 Advanced Topics in Recombinant DNA Technology: Gene Transfer, Expression, and Detection (Lab, 3 credits)
  • BMS 538 General Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • BMS 539 Molecular Immunology (Lab, 3 credits)
  • BMS 540 Advanced Topics in Recombinant DNA Technology: Genome Analysis and Mapping (Lab, 3 credits)
  • BMS 541 Advanced Topics in Recombinant DNA Technology: Gene Structure and Function (Lab, 3 credits)
  • BMS 542 Ethics in Science (3 credits)
  • BMS 551 Advanced Bioinformatics (Lab, 3 credits)
  • BMS 590 Advanced Topics in Biomedical Techniques (Some sections have a lab, 3 credits)

Concentration in Microbiology/Immunology/Virology 

  • BMS 512 Biochemistry of Intermediary Metabolism (3 credits)
  • BMS 525 Virology (3 credits)
  • BMS 526 Molecular Mechanisms of Development (3 credits)
  • BMS 527 Pathogenic Microbiology (Lab, 3 credits)
  • BMS 528 Immunology (3 credits)
  • BMS 531 Prokaryotic Genetics (3 credits)
  • BMS 533 Medical Virology (3 credits)
  • BMS 538 General Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • BMS 539 Molecular Immunology (Lab, 3 credits)
  • BMS 542 Ethics in Science (3 credits)
  • BMS 543 Advanced Immunology (3 credits)
  • BMS 551 Advanced Bioinformatics (Lab, 3 credits)
  • BMS 590 Advanced Topics in Biomedical Techniques (Some sections have a lab, 3 credits)

Concentration in Regulatory Compliance 

Students in other concentrations in the M.S. in Biomedical Science may not register for Regulatory Compliance courses as electives for degree completion except by permission of the instructor and their academic advisers.

Regulatory Compliance Core Courses - 9 credits 

  • BMS 545 Product Development
  • BMS 546 Good Manufacturing Practice
  • BMS 548 Good Clinical Practice

Regulatory Compliance Electives - 6 credits
(Two courses from below)
 

  • BMS 544 Good Laboratory Practices
  • BMS 547 Development of Pharmaceuticals and Regulatory Environment
  • BMS 549 Regulation of Medical Devices
  • BMS 550 Food and Drug Law

Regulatory Compliance Research Option 

  • Biomedical Sciences core courses (12 credits)
  • Regulatory Compliance Core courses (9 credits)
  • Regulatory Compliance elective courses (6 credits)
  • BMS 570 Research Seminar (3 credits)
  • BMS 585 Master’s Field Work Project (with presentation) (3 credits)

Regulatory Compliance Non-research Option 

  • Biomedical Sciences core courses (12 credits)
  • Regulatory Compliance Core courses (9 credits)
  • Regulatory Compliance elective courses (9 credits)
  • BMS 571 Biomedical Science Seminar (3 credits)
  • Comprehensive examination (covering material from the Biomedical Science core courses.)

Suggested Electives: 

  • BMS 512 Biochemistry of Intermediary Metabolism
  • BMS 538 General Pharmacology
  • BMS 542 Ethics in Science
  • BMS 544 Good Laboratory Practices
  • BMS 547 Development of Pharmaceuticals and Regulatory Environment
  • BMS 549 Regulation of Medical Devices
  • BMS 550 Food and Drug Law
  • BMS 551 Advanced Bioinformatics