THE MS PROGRAM IN BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE
This MS program trains students in the theory and laboratory techniques used in biotechnology and biomedical science-two high technology areas of expanding national and local importance. The program provides a firm foundation in the principles underlying modern biotechnology techniques, and integrates this theoretical understanding with intensive training in a variety of laboratory skills and in computer applications to biotechnology.
The curriculum of the program consists of required courses in biology and biophysics, a required two- semester research experimentation course, and elective courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. Work in these courses is particularly appropriate for students with interests in the emerging fields of biotechnology, molecular genetics, tissue culture, and computerized laboratory technology.
Thirty credits are required for the master of science degree in biotechnology and biomedical science.
Each degree candidate is assigned to a three-member advising committee, which will be responsible for insuring that the student fulfills all requirements of the program and the Office of Graduate Studies.
All students must complete the following courses for a total of 9 credits:
Biol 650 Scientific Communication (3 credits)
Biol 696 Research Experimentation (6 credits: two semesters)
All students must complete at least four of the following courses for a minimum of 12 credits:
Biol 608 (Phys 608) Biophysical Instrumentation
Biol 615 Immunology
Biol 626 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria
Biol 627 Bacterial Physiology
Biol 664 DNA and Protein Sequence Analysis
Biol 670 Tissue Culture
Biol 675/676 Advanced Molecular Biology
Biol 677 Advanced Eukaryotic Genetics
Biol 678/679 Protein Chemistry and Enzymology
Students must complete the remainder of credits (9 credits) by taking elective courses chosen from the following list.
At least two must be biology courses.
Biol 602 Plant Molecular Biology
Biol 612 Advanced Cell Biology
Biol 614 Advanced Cell Chemistry
Biol 619 Theory and Techniques of Electron Microscopy **
Biol 622 Concepts and Methods in Cytology
Biol 653 Current Literature
Biol 668 Cellular and Molecular Endocrinology
Biol 672-673 Directed Readings
Biol 685 Biomedical Tracers
Biol 692 Advanced Physiology
Biol 699 Thesis Research (must take at least 4 credits)
Chem 653 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
Chem 658 Medicinal Chemistry
EnvSci 611 Applied Statistics
Physic 603 Nuclear Radiation Physics and Biophysics Laboratory
Physic 604 Cryogenics and Vacuum Technology
Physic 609 Physics of Medical Imaging
Physic 610 Topics in medical Imaging
**Open as an elective only to those students whose thesis projects require the use of electron microscopy.
Students wishing to substitute any other courses for those on this list of electives must have prior approval from their Academic Advising Committee and the Graduate Program Director in biology.
Each student prepares a written report on his or her research work and must also take an oral examination, which will not necessarily be limited to the topic of the report. The student must submit an outline of the report to his or her advising committee before taking the oral examination.
Students may choose either an internship option or a thesis option, which will enable them to pursue a thesis research project in the laboratory of a faculty member. Thesis students have the option of taking 4 additional research credits, as Biol 699. This, in combination with two semesters of Biol 696, will allow for a maximum of 10 credits toward research.
Note: These degree requirements are subject to change as developments in the field affect the program's curriculum. Please contact the director of graduate programs in biology for the most current information.
Submission of the graduate admissions application form.
A distinguished undergraduate transcript; competitive students generally have at least a 3.0 overall GPA although lower grades can be acceptable.
A bachelor's degree or its equivalent, from a 4-year college or university of recognized standing.
Official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate work. (Two copies of each transcript must be sent directly to the University's Office of Graduate Admissions and Records. A final transcript showing that the bachelor's degree has been awarded must be received before the student can enter the program.)
Three letters of recommendation.
Submissions of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Combined Aptitude Test.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL official test score) is required for international applicants. For more information regarding minimal TOEFL scores go to Graduate Admissions.
The stated interests of a prospective student must coincide to an acceptable degree with the faculty specialties represented in the program. The Biology Graduate Committee in conjunction with the Director of Graduate Programs in Biology is responsible for reviewing applications and for recommending candidates to the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Transfer Credit Policy
Applicants who have completed appropriate graduate course work at other accredited institutions may transfer the equivalent of six credits toward UMass Boston graduate degree requirements from courses in which the applicant received a grade of B or higher, provided these are courses that:
have not been used to fulfill requirements for another degree, and were completed no more than seven years before the applicant's matriculation of UMass Boston. Transfer credit is subject to the final approval of the graduate program director and the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Costs and Financial Aid
As a public university, the costs of attending UMass Boston are moderate, especially for students who qualify as residents of Massachusetts. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, and a limited number of assistantships that provide a stipend and remission of tuition.
For information about financial assistance please see the graduate assistance page, or write or call:
Office of Financial Aid Services
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Please consult the frequently asked questions (FAQs) at the bottom of the preceding Graduate Programs home page.
Biotechnology and Biomedical Science Faculty
Steven Ackerman, PhD, University of Pennsylvania; Molecular Biology of Gene Regulation
Gregory Beck, PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Evolutionary Immunology
Kenneth Campbell, PhD, University of Michigan; Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, Reproductive Ecology
Adán Colón-Carmona, PhD, University of California Irvine; Cell Biology, Genetics and Molecular Biology of Plants
Katherine Gibson, PhD, Princeton University; Plant - Microbe Interactions, Cell Signaling, Cell Cycle Regulation
Andrew Grosovsky, ScD, Harvard University; Mechanisms of Mutagenesis and Genomic Instability in Human Cells
William Hagar, PhD, Temple University; Photosynthesis
Linda Huang, PhD, California Institute of Technology; Cell Biology, Signal Transduction, and Regulation of Cell Morphology
Richard Kesseli, PhD, University of California at Davis; Evolution, Molecular and Population Genetics
Kenneth Kleene, PhD, University of Washington; Developmental Molecular Biology
Alexia Pollack, PhD, Neurobiology
Michael Shiaris,PhD, University of Tennessee; Microbial Ecology
Rachel Skvirsky, PhD, Harvard University; Molecular Genetics, Microbiology
Manickam Sugumaran, PhD, Indian Institute of Science; Protein Chemistry, Enzymology
Alexey Veraksa, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego; Cell Signaling and Gene Regulation in Development
Faculty in Environmental Earth and Ocean Science, Computer Science, and Chemistry also participate in this program.
All information in this publication is subject to change.
This publication is neither a contract nor an offer to make a contract.