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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.

M.S. Biological Sciences offers (2) 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.

 For more information on the Health Studies Concentration, please contact Dr. Deanne Roopnarine, 954-262-8196. 

Research Concentration -

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 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.


Nova Southeastern University's Department of Biological Sciences is hosting a Graduate Open House where prospective students can have the opportunity to hear about the M.S. Biological Sciences and Computational Molecular Biology Certificate program. The program will feature an opportunity to meet and interact with the faculty members, learn about the two concentrations within the master's programs (Health Studies & Research Track) and tour the labs and campus facilities.


Saturday, March 21 | 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM 


Alvin Sherman Library - Room MR4009
3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd, Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus, FL 33314


9:45 – 10:00 AM | Check-in & Light Refreshments

10:00 – 11:15AM | Presentations

  1. Health Studies Faculty
  2. Capstone/Thesis Faculty
  3. Current Student Panel
  4. Graduate Admissions

11:15 PM – 12:00 PM | Campus Tour with Dr. Roopnarine & Graduate Admissions



  • 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
  • (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • International students must meet the English proficiency requirements
  • GRE, MCAT, DAT, OAT or PCAT scores required -  *Applicants for the Research Concentration are REQUIRED to submit a Standardized test score to gain entry into the program.  Students applying for the Health Studies Concentration are NOT REQUIRED to submit a Standardized Test score for Provisional Acceptance into the program.  

Core Courses - 12 Credit Hours

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

There are 2 required courses (6 credit hours) for both the thesis and capstone path which are:

  • BCOR 5585 Scientific Methods and Experimental Design
  • BCOR 5570 Biostatistics

Biological Science Electives - 3 Credit Hours (Thesis Path) or 9 Credit Hours (Capstone Path)

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 7030 Thesis (3 credits x 5 = 15 total hours)
  • BMME 7040 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

The Health Studies Concentration begins in the Summer 2020 semester ONLY.

Contact Information for Graduate Admissions

Web Link: Graduate Admissions                   
Phone: 954-262-8066   
Mailing Address: 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796


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