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Do you have a deeper interest in biomedical science? Do you want to build a foundation for earning a PhD or MD degree?

Our MS degree in biomedical sciences is an interdisciplinary program that provides research and educational opportunities for students to master the principles of the biomedical sciences. It features both basic science and clinical faculty with a wide variety of research interests. The program has a high faculty-to-student ratio, offers small class sizes, provides ample personal contact with faculty members, and has a strong core of grant-funded research programs.

Faculty are a blend of senior and junior investigators. This is a research-oriented program that prepares students for employment in industry and academic settings or provides research training and experience for students interested in more advanced study leading to PhD or MD degrees.

Specific areas of research include arthritis; bacterial pathogenesis; bioenergetics; cancer; cardiovascular disease; cardiovascular-, pulmonary-, neuro-, and behavioral-pharmacology; cell motility; diabetes; drug discovery; growth and differentiation; immunology; neuroscience; physiology; regulation of gene expression; stem cells; toxicology; transportation; and virology.

ECU Advantage

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University offers small class sizes, dedicated faculty and nationally recognized research programs. We offer opportunities for translational and basic research and some assistantships are available.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Rich Franklin (4W84A Brody Medical Sciences Buiding; 252-744-3305; franklinr@ecu.edu)

The master of science degree in biomedical sciences is an interdisciplinary degree program administered by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies of the Brody School of Medicine. This research oriented program prepares students for employment in the biomedical industry or provides research training and experience for students interested in more advanced study leading to PhD or MD degrees.

Each applicant must meet the admission requirements of the university, and make satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination. The requirement for the Graduate Record Examination is not required for applicants enrolled in medical school or with an MD degree. Each entering student should consult the program director prior to beginning course work. Medical students require the permission of the dean of the Brody School of Medicine to enroll in this MS degree program.

In addition to the course work (see below) each student must complete a research-based thesis, a comprehensive defense of thesis proposal, a seminar based on thesis research, and a thesis defense.

The curriculum for students entering with a bachelor’s degree consists of a minimum of 38 s.h. as follows:
    Core Courses:
    • BMSC 6113 - Introduction to Biomedical Research
    • BMSC 6121 - Seminar in Biomedical Science
    • BMSC 6133 - Biomedical Research
    • BMSC 7000 - Thesis
    • BIOC 7301 - Biochemistry I

    • ANAT 7202 - Molecular Cell Biology or
    • MCBI 7410 - Molecular Cell Biology

    • PHAR 7777 - Practical Problems in Biometry or
    • BIOS 7021 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals I

    • HUMS 7004 - Ethics and Research: Humanities and Basic Medical Sciences
    Electives:

     Select a minimum of 9 s.h. of electives approved by the program director at the 6000 or 7000 level.

    The curriculum of students enrolled in medical school or with MD degrees consists of 24 s.h as follows:
    • BMSC 6113 - Introduction to Biomedical Research
    • BMSC 6121 - Seminar in Biomedical Science
    • BMSC 6133 - Biomedical Research
    • BMSC 6136 - Biomedical Research
    • BMSC 7000 - Thesis

    • ANAT 7202 - Molecular Cell Biology or
    • MCBI 7410 - Molecular Cell Biology
    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Biomedical Sciences, General
    • Scientific and Technical Services
    • Biomedical Sciences, General

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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