Plan of Study

It is the responsibility of all graduate students to work with their faculty advisor to submit a Plan of Study (POS) to the BIOMS Executive Committee for approval, by the end of their FIRST semester of academic enrollment. To facilitate the approval process, students must use the approved POS templates below for submission. Any document that is not formatted correctly will be returned to the student for correction by the Academic Support Coordinator before being sent on to the BIOMS Executive Committee.

For students who were given a conditional acceptance to the BIOMS Program, they are required to successfully complete either the English Language Institute program or an undergraduate course(s). While these credits do not satisfy the BIOMS course requirements, successfully passing these classes will fully satisfy prerequisites originally mandated for admission. All prerequisites must be completed within the first year in the BIOMS program. These courses must be included on the Plan of Study in the space provided.

Students may enroll in courses from any department on campus if the course is suitable for the student’s chosen Area of Study or if it satisfies one of the BIOMS requirements. Students should contact course instructors directly to determine if and when a desired course will be offered. New courses are often assigned as “experimental courses” and their course descriptions and syllabi may not be available online. Students may transfer up to 9 credits from another institution, however, transferable credits may not have been used to satisfy the requirements for any other degree earned by the student. Students will be required to provide the course description and its syllabus from the institution in which the course was taken.

PhD Plan of Study Template

The Doctoral degree requires 33 credits (beyond a masters degree) plus 9 dissertation credits.

  • 3 credits in Instrumentation, Computer Applications
  • 3 credits in Experimental Design or Statistics
  • Three semesters in BMSC 865: Seminar
  • Two 3 credit courses outside of the principle Area of Study
  • Maximum of 12 credits in combined Research and Independent Study, with no more than 6 credits of Research
MS Plan of Study Template

The Master’s degree requires 24 credits plus 6 thesis credits.

  • 3 credits in Instrumentation, Computer Applications
  • 3 credits in Experimental Design or Statistics
  • 2 semesters in BMSC 865: Seminar
  • Two 3 credit courses outside of the principle Area of Study
  • Maximum of 6 credits in Independent Study, and no Research Credits