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Biomedical Science (M.S.)

Graduate
  • Master's

About this Program

Tailored specifically to the demands of the region’s growing hub of life science research employers, the program offers an alternative to conventional graduate education for those who work full time with courses that are taught in the evenings.

Program Overview

The biomedical science degree 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.

Well connected, close to home

Hood’s close proximity to Fort Detrick and the burgeoning biotech corridor make it the convenient choice for the area’s large population of lab and science employees. Strategic location also affords the program strong relationships with top R&D firms, biotech and pharmaceutical companies, and nearby federal and private laboratories. In addition to highly qualified full-time faculty, students benefit from the knowledge of adjunct instructors who are leaders at NCI, USAMRIID and other major research organizations.

Meaningful courses

Coursework begins with molecular biology, biochemistry and bioinformatics, after which students select a track in molecular biology or microbiology. Capstone project options include conducting laboratory research at the workplace or writing and defending a mock grant proposal. Classes are small and taught by instructors who know how to connect instruction to the real world.

For more information see the Course Catalog

Program Contact

Program Director

Phone
301-696-3683

Larbi Bricha

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
301-696-3601

Degrees Offered

  • MS

Master's in Biomedical Science

  • Applicants will be accepted into the program based on selection criteria that include undergraduate coursework, grade point average, area of research interest and experience.
  • Relevance of the undergraduate degree is considered. Priority is given to students who majored in biology, biochemistry or chemistry. 
  • Undergraduate coursework required includes completion of the following with a grade of B or better: microbiology, organic chemistry, pre-Calculus, upper level genetics (equivalent to Hood's BIOL 316), and cell biology (equivalent to Hood's BIOL 339).
  • To apply to the Biomedical Science program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:
    • All official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended; and
    • An essay that discusses the student’s work experience and future professional goals

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 501Foundations in Life Sciences

3.0

Core Courses (all concentrations)

The core courses provide a foundation for electives in either curricular concentration: Biotechnology/Molecular Biology or Microbiology/Immunology/Virology

BMS 511/BIOL 411Protein Biochemistry

3.0

BMS 523Cell Structure & Function

3.0

BMS 524/BIOL 424Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Cells

3.0

BMS 537/BIOL 437Introduction to Bioinformatics

3.0

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 412Biochemistry of Intermediary Metabolism

3.0

BMS 520Protein Purification and Characterization

3.0

BMS 525/BIOL 425Virology

3.0

BMS 528/BIOL 428Immunology

3.0

BMS 534/BIOL 434Basic Principles & Methods in Molecular Genetics

3.0

BMS 535Advanced Topics in Recombinant DNA Technology: Gene Transfer, Expression, and Detection

3.0

BMS 539Molecular Immunology

3.0

BMS 540Advanced Topics in Recombinant DNA Technology: Genome Analysis & Mapping

3.0

BMS 541Advanced Topics in Recombinant DNA Technology: Gene Structure & Function

3.0

BMS 542Ethics In Science

3.0

BMS 590Advanced Topics in Biomedical Techniques

3.0

BMS 597Internship

1-3

ENV 505Biostatistics

3.0

Concentration in Microbiology/Immunology/Virology

BMS 512/BIOL 412Biochemistry of Intermediary Metabolism

3.0

BMS 525/BIOL 425Virology

3.0

BMS 527Pathogenic Microbiology

3.0

BMS 528/BIOL 428Immunology

3.0

BMS 533Medical Virology

3.0

BMS 539Molecular Immunology

3.0

BMS 541Advanced Topics in Recombinant DNA Technology: Gene Structure & Function

3.0

BMS 542Ethics In Science

3.0

BMS 543Advanced Immunology

3.0

BMS 590Advanced Topics in Biomedical Techniques

3.0

BMS 597Internship

1-3

ENV 505Biostatistics

3.0

Thesis Track Requirements

 Four core courses

12.0

 Four elective courses

12.0

BMS 570Research Seminar

3.0

BMS 580Master's Thesis Preparation

6.0

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

12.0

 Six elective courses, three of which must be laboratory lecture courses

18.0

BMS 571Biomedical Science Seminar

3.0

 Preparation of a mock grant proposal draft (Submission of final written document and oral defense occurs in subsequent semester based on committee feedback)

 

Our Advisory Board...

provides support and assistance in the development of new programs, serves as ambassadors for our program and identifies best practice standards.

All Faculty
Ann Boyd

Ann L. Boyd

  • Professor of Biology
  • Program Director, Master's in Biomedical Science
Craig Laufer

Craig Laufer

  • Professor of Biology
  • Co-director of the Honors Program

Xinlian Liu

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Program Director, Master's in Computer Science