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Graduate Catalog 2012-13


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Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences


Terry L. West, Director, BN-108 Howell Science Complex

The interdisciplinary doctoral program in biological sciences (IDPBS) brings together students and faculty from multiple disciplines to study a broad variety of interesting biological phenomena. The interdisciplinary program is 77-84 s.h., including 11-12 s.h. from the general and molecular/cellular core curricula, at least 48 s.h. from the research core and at least 18 s.h. from a specific concentration. The concentrations are: biology; biomedical science; and chemistry. Other appropriate graduate-level courses may be added by agreement of the research advisor, graduate program director, and the IDPBS advisory committee. A complete listing of courses for each concentration, and additional program information, is available at the IDPBS Web site (www.ecu.edu/idpbs/)

Core Curriculum for IDPBS

General Core - 8 s.h.
BISC/BIOL/CHEM 8815 (1 s.h., taken 3 times) - 3 s.h.
HUMS 7004 - 2 s.h.
BIOL 7900 or BIOS 7022 or PSYC 6430 or PHAR 7777 - 3 s.h.
Molecular/Cellular Core - 3-4 s.h.
Choose 3-4 s.h. from the following;
ANAT 7202; BIOC 7301, 7310; BIOL 7480, 7481, 7870; CHEM 6535; MCBI 7410
Research Core - 48-54 s.h.
Must complete the minimum hours specified in each of the three courses below:
BISC/BIOL/CHEM 8810 - 3-6 s.h.
BISC/BIOL/CHEM 8830 - 10-15 s.h.
BIOL/BISC/CHEM/PATH 9000 - 30-36 s.h.
Concentration: See program director for concentration requirements - 18 s.h.

MS in Biomedical Science


Richard Franklin, Program Director

The master of science degree in biomedical science is an interdisciplinary degree program administered by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies of the Brody School of Medicine. This research oriented program prepares students for employment in the biomedical industry or provides research training and experience for students interested in more advanced study leading to PhD or MD degrees.

Each applicant must meet the admission requirements of the university, and make satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination. The requirement for the Graduate Record Examination is not required for applicants enrolled in medical school or with an MD degree. Each entering student should consult the program director prior to beginning course work. Medical students require the permission of the dean of the Brody School of Medicine to enroll in this MS degree program.

In addition to the course work (see below) each student must complete a research-based thesis, a comprehensive defense of thesis proposal, a seminar based on thesis research, and a thesis defense.

The curriculum for students entering with a bachelor’s degree consists of a minimum of 38 s.h. as follows: Core Courses: BMSC 6113 (3 s.h.), 6121 (4 s.h.), 6133 (3 s.h.), 7000 (6 s.h.); BIOC 7301(4 s.h.); ANAT 7202 or MCBI 7410 (4 s.h.); PHAR 7777 or BIOS 7021(3 s.h.); HUMS 7004 (2 s.h.)

Electives: Select a minimum of 9 s.h. of electives approved by the program director at the 6000 or 7000 level.

The curriculum of students enrolled in medical school or with MD degrees consists of 24 s.h as follows: BMSC 6113 (3 s.h.), 6121 (2 s.h.), 6133 (3 s.h.), 6136(6 s.h.), 7000 (6 s.h.); ANAT 7202 or MCBI 7410 (4 s.h.)