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The Master of Science in Biomedical Science Program combines Hood’s excellent resources with the expertise of scientists working in the laboratories of the National Cancer Institute’s Frederick Cancer Research Facility, the U.S. Army Research Institute on Infectious Diseases, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other nearby biomedical and biotechnology facilities. The program delivers extensive lab skill development and scientific knowledge to individuals currently working in the field seeking to upgrade their proficiency, and to those who hope to transition into a scientific field.

The program offers concentrations in biotechnology and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology and virology, and regulatory compliance. Courses are taught in the evenings, offering flexibility for professionals who work full time.

Entrance Requirements

Application
Complete and submit the graduate school application available at www.hood.edu/graduate. 

Grade Point Average
A minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA is required for admission to the graduate school and to the Master of Science in Biomedical Science Program.

Requirements
Request one copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended. Applicants must submit an essay that includes the student’s matriculation intent, future goals and relevance of work experience. All documents should be sent directly to the graduate school. The relevance of the undergraduate major is considered. Priority is given to students who have a major in biology, biochemistry or chemistry. To be considered for admission, students must have completed undergraduate coursework in genetics, cell biology, microbiology, organic chemistry and pre-calculus.

About the Program

Degree Requirements
The Biomedical Science Program is a 33-credit program of graduate research and academic study offering thesis and alternate options. Students seeking graduate study beyond a master’s degree or careers in research should choose the thesis track, which includes the defense of a 6-credit, research-based thesis. The program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who work in government or private-sector labs and to be taken on a part-time basis. Most thesis-track students complete the laboratory research thesis at their employment site under the direction of a thesis adviser approved by the College. Current scheduling demands limit the availability of Hood’s lab space for these projects.  

Students who do not have a working relationship with a laboratory are encouraged to pursue the alternate option, which includes an oral defense of a mock grant proposal.

Prerequisite Course

The prerequisite course provides background knowledge and skills necessary for the completion of the degree requirements. Students admitted to the BMS program that do not meet all of the academic requirements for admission to the program will be required to take this course in addition to the 33 credits required for program completion.

BMS 501/BIFX 501 Foundations in Life Sciences 3

Core Courses (all concentrations)

BMS 511/BIOL 411 Protein Biochemistry 3
BMS 523 Cell Structure and Function 3
BMS 524/BIOL 424 Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Cells 3
BMS 537/BIOL 437 Introduction to Bioinformatics 3
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.

Concentration in Biotechnology/Molecular Biology

BMS 512/BIOL 412 Biochemistry of Intermediary Metabolism 3
BMS 520 Protein Purification and Characterization 3
BMS 525/BIOL 425 Virology 3
BMS 528/BIOL 428 Immunology 3
BMS 534/BIOL 434 Basic Principles & Methods in Molecular Genetics 3
BMS 535 Advanced Topics in Recombinant DNA Technology: Gene Transfer, Expression, and Detection 3
BMS 539 Molecular Immunology 3
BMS 540 Advanced Topics in Recombinant DNA Technology: Genome Analysis & Mapping 3
BMS 541 Advanced Topics in Recombinant DNA Technology: Gene Structure & Function 3
BMS 542 Ethics In Science 3
BMS 590 Advanced Topics in Biomedical Techniques 3
BMS 597 Internship 1-3

Concentration in Microbiology/Immunology/Virology

BMS 512/BIOL 412 Biochemistry of Intermediary Metabolism 3
BMS 525/BIOL 425 Virology 3
BMS 527 Pathogenic Microbiology 3
BMS 528/BIOL 428 Immunology 3
BMS 533 Medical Virology 3
BMS 539 Molecular Immunology 3
BMS 541 Advanced Topics in Recombinant DNA Technology: Gene Structure & Function 3
BMS 542 Ethics In Science 3
BMS 543 Advanced Immunology 3
BMS 590 Advanced Topics in Biomedical Techniques 3
BMS 597 Internship 1-3


Thesis Track Requirements

  Four core courses 12
  Four elective courses 12
BMS 570 Research Seminar 3
BMS 580 Master's Thesis Preparation 6


BMS 580: 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
  Six elective courses, three of which must be laboratory lecture courses 18
BMS 571 Biomedical Science Seminar Preparation and oral defense of a mock grant proposal 3