Academic Programs

 

MS in Basic Biomedical Sciences

The MS program in Basic Biomedical Sciences provides in-depth training to prepare scientists in interdisciplinary basic research (molecular, cellular, organ and integrative). Departmental faculty members represent diverse medical-related basic science disciplines that provide a unique opportunity for biomedical research training. Core courses include physiology, cell biology and an introduction to research methodology. The multidisciplinary focus of the program is also emphasized in the candidate’s MS program committee.

Admission requirements

Typically, the successful applicant will possess a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above (A=4.0). Undergraduate course prerequisites are (in semester credit hours or equivalent):

  • Biology—10
  • Chemistry—10
  • Biochemistry—3
  • Physics—3
  • Calculus—3

The master’s applicant will be expected to score 1000 or higher (combined score for verbal and quantitative) and a 3.5 or higher (analytical writing) on the GRE. Students may strengthen their application by taking the appropriate advanced portion of the GRE.

University Requirements

The general requirements and procedures published by the University of Missouri-Columbia Graduate School apply to all students admitted to the Doctoral program in Biomedical Sciences.

Degree Requirements

To attain the master’s degree, 30 hours of graduate credit must be completed; 15 hours or more shall be 8000 level (exclusive of research, problems and independent study courses); and six to nine hours of 8090 Research. A grade of 3.0 or better is required in all core courses and serves as the qualifying examination for the degree. In additional to the departmental core courses, students may take courses specifically planned to meet the needs and strengths of the individual. The master’s candidate is evaluated semiannually for satisfactory rate of progress as defined by timely completion of course courses and progress on research activities as stipulated by the master’s program committee. The master’s candidate must carry out original research culminating in a written thesis, present the thesis work at a departmental seminar and defend the thesis in an oral examination by the master’s program committee. The time limit for the master’s degree is five years after initiating the program.

Areas of Study

Major biomedical disciplines include:

  • anatomy of domestic species (gross or microscopic)
  • physiology/pharmacology (molecular, cellular and integrative)
  • biochemistry/molecular biology
  • endocrinology
  • toxicology

Specific areas of interest are exercise sciences, cardiovascular and neurosciences, muscle biology, membrane transport biology, reproductive biology, and developmental toxicology.

Applying

The application for admission to the Biomedical Sciences MS Program begins with a completed departmental application and a letter from the student to the Director of Graduate Studies. This letter should indicate the student’s reasons for pursuing graduate study, career goals, and his/her area of research interest. It should be accompanied by a copy of the student’s transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores, if applicable. The applicant should also arrange for three letters of recommendation (from past professors, advisors…etc.), to be addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies and mailed to:

Dr. David D. Kline, PhD.
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Biomedical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Missouri-Columbia
1600 Rollins Road, E102 Vet. Med. Bldg.
Columbia, MO 65211
KlineDD@missouri.edu
573.884.0505

In addition, all applicants must apply to the University of Missouri Graduate School. Their online application can be found at: http://gradschool.missouri.edu/. If you need assistance during this stage of the process, please contact the Graduate School at 573-882-6311 or toll free at 1-800-877-6312.

Biomedical Sciences Area PhD

The Biomedical Sciences Area PhD is a multidisciplinary program that integrates molecular, cellular and systemic biology within the context of biomedical research. The program provides the student with the background to investigate questions relevant to the medical sciences at the integrative level and to relate the findings to mammalian physiology. Training in both fundamental and state-of-the-art research methodologies help students develop the skills necessary for competitive biomedical research.

The program is administered through the Department of Biomedical Sciences, which has research faculty representing a diversity of medical-related basic science disciplines, including anatomy, biochemistry, histology, pathology, molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology and toxicology. The program offers a rich environment for graduate study and a unique opportunity for training scientists in comprehensive interdisciplinary research.

Admission Requirements

Typically, the successful applicant will possess a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above (A=4.0). Undergraduate course prerequisites are (in semester credit hours or equivalent):

  • Biology (10)
  • Chemistry (10)
  • Biochemistry (3)
  • Physics (3)
  • Calculus (3)

The applicant will be expected to score 1000 (combined score of verbal and quantitative sections) and 3.5 on the analytical writing section on the GRE examination. Minimum TOEFL requirements for international applicants is 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based and 100 internet based.

University Requirements

The general requirements and procedures published by the University of Missouri-Columbia Graduate School apply to all students admitted to the Doctoral program in Biomedical Sciences.

Degree Requirements

To attain the PhD degree, 72 hours of graduate credit must be completed; 15 hours or more at the 8000/9000 level (exclusive of research, problems and independent study courses). The core curriculum includes:

• Physiology (11 credit hours)
• Biochemistry/Cell Biology or Histology (4 or 5 credit hours, respectively)
• Multidisciplinary Approaches to Biomedical Research (2 credit hours)
• Departmental Seminar (2 credit hours)

A grade of 3.0 or better is required in the core curriculum and may serve in lieu of a qualifying examination for the degree. In addition to the core curriculum, students take a minimum of on additional 7000-level course in each of the following three areas: Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology and Integrative Biology. The choice of these courses will be made individually by the student in consultation with his/her adviser and doctoral program committee. Following completion of the plan of study, candidates for the PhD degree must pass a comprehensive examination designed by the doctoral program committee that reflects an understanding of the multidisciplinary approach to biomedical research.

The PhD candidate is evaluated semiannually by a faculty committee to ensure a satisfactory rate of progress as defined by timely completion of core courses and productivity in research activities as stipulated by the student’s doctoral program committee. The PhD candidate must carry out original research culminating in a written dissertation, present the dissertation work at a departmental seminar and defend it in an oral examination given by the doctoral program committee. The program for the PhD degree must be completed within five years of passing the comprehensive examination.

Areas of Study

Major biomedical disciplines include:

  • anatomy (gross of microscopic)
  • physiology/pharmacology (molecular, cellular and integrative)\
  • biochemistry/molecular biology
  • endocrinology
  • toxicology

Specific areas of interest are 1) exercise biology, including cardiac, vascular and muscle biology 2) cardiovascular biology, including neuroendocrine regulation 3) membrane transport biology, including cystic fibrosis and cardiac disease and 4) reproductive biology, including environmental estrogen toxicities and developmental processes.

Applying

The application deadline for Summer and Fall Semesters is January 5 and, the application deadline for the Winter Semester is September 15. The application for admission to the Biomedical Sciences Area PhD Program begins with a completed online departmental application and a letter from the student to the Director of Graduate Studies. This letter should indicate the student’s reasons for pursuing graduate study, career goals, and his/her area of research interest. It should be accompanied by a copy of the student’s transcripts and GRE scores, and mailed to address below. The applicant should also arrange for three letters of recommendation (from past professors, advisors…etc.), to be addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies and mailed to:

Dr. David D. Kline, PhD.
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Biomedical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Missouri-Columbia
1600 Rollins Road, E102 Vet. Med. Bldg.
Columbia, MO 65211
KlineDD@missouri.edu
573.884.0505

In addition, all applicants must apply to the University of Missouri Graduate School. Their online application can be found at: http://gradschool.missouri.edu/. If you need assistance during this stage of the process, please contact the Graduate School at 573-882-6311 or toll free at 1-800-877-6312.

Dual PhD/DVM Degree in Biomedical Sciences Area Program

The Biomedical Sciences graduate program enables veterinary medical students to pursue studies in the basic biomedical discipline of their choice for a PhD or MS degree while enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The program is designed to prepare students for advanced professional careers in universities and colleges, research institutes, and industrial research. With consent of the student’s graduate program committee, courses from the professional curriculum (which includes a major portion of the core curriculum) can be accepted toward the graduate degree. The PhD program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of 8090 Research culminating in the completion of original research and defense of a written dissertation.

The Master’s/DVM program enables veterinary medical students to complete a master’s degree while enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The program allows qualified students to seek in-depth involvement in the basic biomedical discipline of their choice. With consent of the dual DVM/MS candidate’s program committee, credit hours from the professional program (including the core courses) can be accepted for the master’s degree. Six hours of 9090 Research that result in an original thesis are required. Financial support may be provided through teaching assistantships in gross anatomy laboratory (Veterinary Anatomy 5500 and 5011). Please see the “MS in Basic Biomedical Sciences” page on our website for more information.