|The Cancer Biology Track in the Biomedical Sciences MS program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours of courses that includes a capstone experience. Students take 18 credit hours of required core courses, 12 credit hours of elective courses relevant to cancer biology and related disciplines, a capstone project focusing on cancer biology and an oral comprehensive exam.|
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Nonthesis students are not considered for departmental graduate assistantships or tuition assistance.
Required Courses—18 Credit Hours
- BSC 6432 Biomedical Sciences I (5 credit hours)
- BSC 6433 Biomedical Sciences II (5 credit hours)
- BSC 6407C Laboratory Methods in Molecular Biology (3 credit hours)
- PCB 5236 Cancer Biology (3 credit hours)
- MCB 6938 Seminar or IDS 7680 Seminar (1 credit hour, to be repeated by all students)
Elective Courses—12 Credit Hours
- PCB 5025 Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
- MCB 5415 Cellular Metabolism (3 credit hours)
- PCB 5235 Molecular Immunology (3 credit hours)
- MCB 5225 Molecular Biology of Disease (3 credit hours)
- PCB 6595 Regulation of Gene Expression (3 credit hours)
- MCB 5505 Molecular Virology (3 credit hours)
- PCB 5275 Signal Transduction Mechanisms (3 credit hours)
- MCB 6226 Molecular Diagnostics (3 credit hours)
- IDS 5127 Foundation of Bio-Imaging Science (3 credit hours)
- BSC 5418 Tissue Engineering (3 credit hours)
- BSC 5436 Biomedical Informatics: Structure Analysis (3 credit hours)
- PCB 5265 Stem Cell Biology (3 credit hours)
- Other elective courses must be approved by the Program Coordinator.
Capstone—3 Credit Hours
- MCB 6026 Capstone Course (3 credit hours minimum)
An in-depth current literature research report in the area of Cancer Biology will be required for each student. The student will select a faculty adviser to chair a faculty committee of three members for evaluation of the report.
The Capstone Process
Students are encouraged to contact faculty as early as possible in order to identify a faculty whose research focus complements the student's interest. The student and the mentor should select two additional faculty members to serve on the capstone evaluation committee.
Students must submit a signed Capstone Committee form to the Program Coordinator for approval as soon as the registration for the course is complete. The form must be submitted to the Program Office.
When you are ready to defend your Capstone project, you must register for the capstone course (MCB 6026) for three credit hours. It is important that the student register for the capstone course with the intention of completing the project at the end of the semester.
The Capstone Report
Evaluation of the capstone project requires a written report (in the format of a mini-review manuscript) and a presentation (project defense) in front of the capstone committee. No visitors are allowed during the capstone defense. Students may ask for advice and guidance from the project mentor/chair. The average capstone report ranges from 10 to 15 single-space pages in a manuscript format with proper citations. The student's Committee Chair will be responsible for checking the report for plagiarism using either Turnitin or iThenticate before the report is shared with the committee. The committee must receive the report at least one week before the time of presentation.
Note: The defense (presentation) must be held no later than one week before final exam week.
The Capstone Defense/Comprehensive Exam
The capstone defense and comprehensive exam evaluation is designed to assess the student's knowledge and understanding of the project and other relevant subjects in the field. Questions asked by the capstone committee to evaluate the student as competent in the field will satisfy the requirement of the comprehensive exam. The oral presentation will take place in the form of a 30-40 minute seminar and will be followed by questions and discussion.
The student will be evaluated on performance in all three sections (written report, oral presentation and ability to answer questions).
Should the student fail, a second opportunity will be provided within two weeks of the first attempt. A second failure will result in an Unsatisfactory (U) grade in the course and dismissal from the program.
Students must pass an oral comprehensive exam to qualify for the Master of Science. The oral comprehensive exam tests the student's understanding of the basic concepts in the field and relevant applications. The comprehensive exam will be conducted during the capstone defense and will be administered by the capstone committee. Should the student fail this exam, a second opportunity will be provided within two weeks of the first attempt. A second failure will result in dismissal from the program.
Students without significant prior teaching experience, such as, but not limited to, a minimum of a year in secondary schools or colleges, are required to serve as Classroom Laboratory Assistants (CLA) for a minimum of one semester (one semester in at least one lab section).
Research Shadowing (Optional)
Students are encouraged to discuss with their capstone mentor the possibility of joining the lab for research shadowing of other graduate students. Acquired lab skills should assist students with the capstone project and with future endeavors.
Independent LearningIn the final semester of study students will complete a capstone course that requires an in-depth current literature research report on a relevant subject, which will serve as the independent learning experience. The student will select a faculty adviser to chair a faculty committee of three members for evaluation of the report.