Catalog 2011 - 2012

Biomedical Sciences

Robert Kaman, JD, PhD, Interim Graduate Advisor
Education and Administration 832
Phone: 817-735-0224
E-mail: Robert.Kaman@unthsc.edu

Graduate and Adjunct Graduate Faculty: All members of the graduate and adjunct graduate faculty are included in Biomedical Sciences.

The GSBS offers both MS and PhD degrees in biomedical sciences. Students are encouraged to acquire a broad base of knowledge in those disciplines that flourish in an environment of a health science center and are required to pursue specialized research and study in a particular area of biomedical and health science. The training students obtain equips them for professional careers in health science centers, universities, secondary science education, health care industry, publishing, pharmaceutical and biotechnology. All entering graduate students are expected to complete a one-year integrated biomedical sciences program that surveys the fundamental principles of biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and physiology to prepare them for tomorrow's scientific advancements and employment opportunities.

Biomedical Sciences (BMSC) is interdisciplinary in nature; therefore, advanced courses focus on the individual student's particular interests. Mentors may be selected from any of the Graduate Faculty, regardless of departmental affiliation.

The average time to degree for the MS is two to three years; the average time to degree for the PhD is four to six years. Students who successfully complete a graduate degree in Biomedical Sciences will be well prepared for various careers in academia, government or industry.

Advisory Committee

By no later than the third semester (or by the end of the first year), each traditional MS or PhD student is required to select a major professor and program within the GSBS. The student will follow the guidelines of his/her chosen department/program for the remainder of training. If the chosen program is BMSC, the student will be required to choose a primary advisor; however, the advisory committee will comprise any members of the graduate faculty within the GSBS. In addition to the members of the advisory committee, both MS and PhD students must have a university member present at the oral qualifying examination and/or thesis/dissertation seminar and associated defense, as required by the GSBS.

Advancement to Doctoral Candidacy

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination ensures that the doctoral student has mastered a broad knowledge base in biomedical sciences necessary to succeed as an independent researcher at the doctoral level. The student obtains this knowledge through course work, reading of textbooks and scientific literature, participation in his/her research laboratory, and discussion with faculty members.

The oral qualifying examination is administered by each student's qualifying examination committee and may include topics from any aspect of the biomedical sciences. The student will select one area of primary interest from the areas covered in the first-year core curriculum. The student will also identify two areas of secondary interest.

Two attempts to successfully pass the qualifying examination are allowed. A doctoral student who does not pass after the second attempt may be dismissed or allowed to complete the requirements for a Master of Science degree.

Additional information regarding the Oral Qualifying Exam may be found in the BMSC Student Handbook, available on the BMSC website.

Grant Writing (BMSC 6310)

Successful completion of Grant Writing (BMSC 6310) requires participation in the formal BMSC 6310 class and the preparation and oral defense of an original NIH-style grant proposal. Two attempts to successfully accomplish this are allowed.

The student must prepare a detailed written report of the research proposal in NIH-style format. The final proposal will be presented to the advisory committee at least two weeks prior to the oral defense. The grant proposal and presentation will be evaluated on the basis of criteria outlined in the Grant Writing (BMSC 6310 Examination Scoring Rubric available on the GSBS Forms and Guidelines site).

If the proposal and defense are satisfactory, the student is advanced to candidacy. A doctoral student who does not pass after the second attempt may be dismissed or allowed to complete the requirements for a Master of Science degree.

This page last modified January 28, 2011