MBS Program Curriculum

Core Courses (required)

Credit Hours

Biochemistry 4
Cell Biology 4
Physiology 4
Genetics 4
Professional Development 1.5
Princeton Review 3


Biomedical Seminars   2
Readings in Basic Sciences   1-3
Histology   2
Immunology   3
Neuroscience    3
Biostatistics   3
Pharmacology   3
Management   2
Bioethics   1.5
Laboratory Techniques   2


Fall Semester (17.5 credits)

Weeks 1-8

  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Professional Development

Weeks 9-16

  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Professional Development

Spring Semester (12.5-18.5 credits)

Weeks 1–16

  • Professional Development

Select electives (*) based on your interests:

  • * Biomedical Seminars
  • * Readings in Basic Sciences
  • * Histology
  • * Immunology
  • * Neuroscience
  • * Biostatistics
  • * Pharmacology
  • * Management

Summer (0-10.5 credits)

Weeks 1-8

  • Princeton Review (3 credits)

Select electives (*) based on your interests:

  • * Readings in Basic Sciences
  • * Bioethics
  • * Management
  • * Laboratory Techniques



Course Descriptions


This course will introduce students to the physiological aspects of the human body by using a systems based approach. The course emphasizes broad concepts that form the basic understanding of human physiology and the physiology of each organ system.


Prerequisites: 2 semesters of organic chemistry

This course has been designed to emphasize the key principles related to metabolic biochemistry laying the foundation for potential further study of human biochemistry or other related fields.


This course introduces students to classical and molecular genetics. The emphasis of this course will center on inherited human disorders and the emerging model of the human genome. Major topics include: Mendelian genetics, cytogenetics, multifactorial inheritance, developmental genetics, epigenetics, RNA biology, cancer genetics and genomics.

Professional Development 

This course is designed to assist students in developing their professional skills and to engage them in post graduate career planning. The course will focus on three areas: graduate scholarship; career planning; and interpersonal skill development.

Cell Biology 

This course will emphasize the basics of cell structure and function; modern investigative techniques used in the cell biology laboratory and have exposure to the practical application of cell biology concepts under normal physiological conditions and disease states.


Prerequisites: Biochemistry, Physiology

This course will introduce students to medical pharmacology. The emphasis will be on the big picture of drugs in general, and to prepare students for future succession modern medicine, research, industry, or matriculation to health science programs. The course also will introduce sources of drug information, concepts in drug development, and pharmacogenomics


This course will introduce fundamental neurobiological principles to students so that they will have a basic understanding of how the human nervous system operates in health and how the brain functions can alter under pathological conditions. The course will emphasize basic cellular aspects of neuroscience, architectural design of the nervous system, the CNS sensory system, CNS disorders, and motor systems.


This course is intended to provide a substantial underpinning regarding key principles of immunology in the context of microbial infection and immunopathogenesis. The conceptual foundation of the course is based on the tenets that both the host and microbe contribute to pathogenicity.

Foundations This course is designed to introduce students to basic histology. After a brief introduction to cellular structure at the light and electron microscopic level, the course will survey the four basic tissues: epithelium, connective tissue, muscle and nerve. Finally, the student will receive a brief introduction to organ systems. The remainder of the organ systems will be taught in spring semester.

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