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2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology with Specialization in Biomedical Sciences, MS

Program Coordinator
Kristina Ernest, PhD
Science Building, room 326E

Program Requirements
The coursework leading to the master of science in biological sciences will total at least 45 credits in the biological sciences and related subjects as outlined in an approved course of study filed with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. The individual’s program of coursework and thesis problem will be developed in consultation with the student’s major advisor and other members of the student’s graduate committee. Two quarters in residence are required.

Candidates must pass an oral examination covering topics in their area of specialization and coursework taken for their degree at least one quarter prior to graduation. The final examination will consist of a public seminar to present the results of the thesis or project research as well as an oral exam administered by the student’s thesis committee covering aspects of the thesis research.

MS Biology Core Requirements

Total Core Credits: 30

Department-approved electives - Credits: 15

Total Credits: 45

Biomedical Sciences Specialization

Program Coordinator
James E. Johnson, PhD
Science Building, room 338J

The Central Washington University master of sciences in biology with a specialization in biomedical sciences degree program is a professional as well as pre-professional course of study designed for students seeking careers in biomedical research or to help students become stronger applicants to medical school or other professional programs. Students who have already completed their course requirements or admission to the medical school can strengthen their candidacy by demonstrating their performance in some of the same courses taken by first-year medical students at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program and broadening their background as scientists by conducting an original research project with faculty at CWU while earning a master of science degree in biology.

Preferred admission to the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program will be granted to students who:

  • Successfully complete the MS in biology-specialization in biomedical sciences with a B average or higher
  • Have a minimum MCAT score of 22
  • Are approved by the admissions interview committee at PNWU.

Financial Obligations
Because this is a self-support program, no tuition waiver programs apply, and additional continuing education tuition applies.

MS Biology Core Requirements

Total Core Credits: 30

Total Credits: 24

PNWU Admission Courses

The following elective courses are not required for completion of the specialization in biomedical sciences, but are required for preferred admission status to the PNWU Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program.

Total Credits: 18