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Masters of Science in Biological Sciences

 The Master’s of Science (M.S.) in Biological Sciences program is designed to provide a foundation that can be applied toward entry into a Ph.D. program, professional school or an entry point for professional careers in biology and the healthcare fields. 

Students in the M.S. in Biological Sciences program will benefit from small class sizes, courses taught by faculty that are experts in their field, and a sound academic foundation resulting in increased analytical skills.

The M.S. Biological Sciences offer (3) paths of study:

 

Health Studies Concentration -

This (12-Month) Concentration prepares students for entry into health-related professional schools and health-related careers. 

*A Kaplan Prep course will be offered to assist students in achieving an acceptable standardized exam score for MCAT, DAT, PCAT.

 

Thesis (Track) -

This option is designed to build a pathway to professional careers in biomedicine, biotechnology, and environmental biology.

Thesis Option  (24-month program) is research-centered resulting from the systematic study of a significant problem or issue.  To be allowed entry into the thesis track the student must secure agreement from a faculty member to be the student's major professor. 

 

Capstone (Track) -

This option is also designed to build a pathway to professional careers in biomedicine, biotechnology, and environmental biology.

This Capstone Option (21-month program) requires the submission and defense of a capstone path. The capstone is a scholarly review, based upon a comprehensive literature search, and synthesis of the chose topic, typically involving analysis of previously published data.


  • Completed NSU application
  • Bachelor’s degree in science from an accredited institution or an approved degree credentialing agency for international students.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Major GPA of at least 3.0
  • (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • International students must meet the English proficiency requirements
  • GRE, MCAT, DAT, OAT or PCAT scores required

Program Curriculum

Core Courses - 12 Credit Hours

  • BCOR 5000 Graduate Seminar
  • BCOR 5585 Genomics
  • BCOR 5150 Immunobiology
  • BCOR 5350 Principles of Epidemiology

Biological Science Electives - 9 Credit Hours (Thesis Path) or 15 Credit Hours (Capstone Path)

There are 2 required electives for both the thesis and capstone path which are:

  • BCOR 5580 Scientific Methods and Experimental Design
  • BCOR 5779 Biostatistics

Students can choose from any of the electives listed below, as well as those listed in the MSMS program

  • BCOR 5560 Biodiversity/Biogeography
  • BMHS 5200 Pathophysiology
  • BMHS 5300 Pharmacodynamics
  • BMHS 5400 Advanced Regional Anatomy/Lab
  • BMHS 5500 Advanced Biochemistry
  • BMHS 5250 Systems Neuroscience
  • BMME 5500 Molecular Evolution
  • BMME 5600 Training in Standard Molecular Biology Methods
  • BMME 5701 Ecosystems Applications
  • BMME5750 Stable Isotopes
  • BMME 6000 GIS and Environmental Remote Sensing
  • BMME 6001 Laboratory q-PCR and Culture Techniques
  • BMME 6600 External Biology/Biotechnology Internship
  • BMME 6650 Molecular Forensics
  • BMME 6700 Advanced Molecular Genetics Laboratory Methods
  • BMME 6750 External/Biology/Biotechnology Internship II
  • BMME 6770 Bacterial Evolutionary Genetics
  • BMME 8050 Programming Data Structure/Algorithm
  • BMME 8051 Database Management and Applications
  • BMME 8052 Data Visualization
  • BMME 8053 Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • BMME 8054 Data Mining
  • BMME 8058 Ichthyology
  • MSMS 5060 Scientific Communication
  • MSMS 6209 Biodiversity

Research Courses - 9 Credit Hours (Capstone Path) or 15 Credit Hours (Thesis Path)

  • BMME 7000 Thesis (3 credits x 5 = 15 total hours)
  • BMME 7010 Capstone (3 credits x 3 = 9 total hours

 Masters in Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Health Studies: CURRICULUM

SUMMER 1 (6 credits)

  • BCOR 5000 Graduate Seminar (3 credits)
  • BMHS 5105 Physical Diagnostics Skills (3 credits)

FALL 1 (12 credits)

  • BMHS 5200 Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • BMHS 5300 Pharmacodynamics (3 credits)
  • BMHS 5400 Advanced Regional Anatomy/Lab (3 credits)
  • BMHS 5500 Advanced Biochemistry (3 credits)

WINTER 1 (12 credits)

  • BCOR 5585 Genomics (3 credits)
  • BCOR 5150 Immunobiology (3 credits)
  • BMHS 5250 Systems Neuroscience (3 credits)
  • BCOR 5350 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)

Comprehensive Exam (in the style of a standardized exam) – 2 attempts possible

Graduating Class of 2020 begins in summer 2019

Contact Information for Graduate Admissions


Graduate Admissions - Biological Science
Phone: 954-262-8066
Email: biograd@nova.edu 
Web Link: Graduate Admissions
Mailing Address: 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796

 

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