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Des Moines University’s master of science in biomedical sciences program offers diverse opportunities in the specialties biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology and pathology.

Students select a laboratory in their first year while completing the majority of their coursework. The second year focuses primarily on research and thesis. Throughout the program students enjoy beneficial learning and working relationships with each other and with faculty dedicated to their success.

The master of science in biomedical sciences program is a two year program which requires students to complete a total of 50.0 credit hours (25.5 credit hours in the classroom and 24.5 credit hours of bench research and thesis). Students must obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher within the entire biomedical sciences curriculum and successfully write and defend a thesis to receive their masters degree from Des Moines University.

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MSBS Strip Chart

First Year

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
BIOC 1112Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics5.0
MBS 1B02Intro to Research3.0
MBS 1B03Responsible Conduct Biomedical Research1.0
MBS 1B04ACell Biology I1.5
MBS 1B04BCell Biology II1.5
MBS 1B06Intro to Biostatistics2.0
MBS 2B10Research2.5-4.0
MBS 2B12Thesis1.0
MICR 1103Microbiology and Immunology6.0*
PHYS 1116Medical Physiology6.5*

*One of these courses is required depending on the emphasis selected.

Second Year

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
MBS 2B04Presentation of Scientific Information1.0
MBS 2B05Scientific Communications1.0
MBS 2B10Research13.5-15.0
MBS 2B12Thesis6.0

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
MBS 1B05Special Topics in Pharmacology1.5 **
MBS 1B11Special Topics in Microbiology and Immunology3.5**

**One of these courses is required depending on the emphasis selected.

Dual Degree

Students currently enrolled in the Doctor or Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) program or Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) program can also apply to the Biomedical Sciences program. Curriculum for dual degree students is designed to be completed within five years. The emphasis for dual degree students is on training clinician researchers to teach research methods and conduct methodologically rigorous and scientifically sound studies.