Research/Thesis Concentration

With prior approval of the program, a very limited number of students can be enrolled in the 2 Year Research Thesis Option. This option allows for qualified first year students to pursue a thesis concentration project during their first year in the program. Student participating in this option are registered in a combination of first year courses (and with approval, second year courses), and research credits equal to the first and second year term credit hour totals for Research Concentration students. The total number of credit hours for program completion is 53 credit hours, and completion of all the academic requirements for the Research Concentration is required. Students may apply for this option by request during the regular application cycle or upon registering for first term courses. Application in writing is made to the Program Director. Acceptance to this option is made on the basis of review of the student’s academic credentials, availability and selection of mentors, and program availability. For further information contact the Georgia Campus Program Director.

All students enrolled in the Research Thesis Concentration work under the supervision of a mentor who, in collaboration with the Program Director and thesis committee, ensure and validate completion of all concentration and degree requirements. Prior to their start in the concentration, all students are required to select a program approved mentor and develop with their approved mentor a schedule for completion of the concentration that includes the following components: selection of an appropriate thesis topic; thesis committee selection; development and defense (to the thesis committee) of a thesis research proposal with any necessary institutional and program approvals; participation in a journal club or a regularly attended laboratory meeting experience; creation of a schedule for the thesis manuscript development and completion. Students will be required to start in the Summer following their foundation year with BIOM 600G and BIOM 691G.

If approved, the student will still be required to complete 24 credits toward their MS degree. Students are required to complete Epidemiology (BIOM 618G) or another approved statistics course. A minimum of three credit hours of thesis research will be required each term with the exception of credits taken at the end for the purpose of thesis completion, thesis submission and thesis defense.

** Elective courses must be approved by the mentor and course director. Elective courses can be substituted for Research credits provided students complete enough research credits to complete their project based on time frames approved by joint agreement of mentor, thesis committee, and program director. Electives can also be added as extra courses (in addition to the 53 credits required for graduation) However the student will be enrolled in these courses as out of degree and will be personally responsible for tuition payments for this course work. The only exception would be for courses that the student needs to retake or replace in order to meet the GPA requirement for the degree.

Should a student need additional time to complete their research, an extension for completion must be submitted to the program chair and approved. Once approved, the student will be required to register for a one credit Thesis Completion course; there is no tuition charged for this course.

For the degree to be conferred, the student must defend their thesis and have their thesis submitted to the library for binding. The thesis paper should be completed one semester beyond defense. Should a student need an additional term to complete, they must submit a request to the Program Director for an extension. Once approved the students will be required to register for one credit.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Term 1Hours
BIOM 549G Scientific Communication 2
BIOM 550G Research Survey Seminar 0
BIOM 553G Basic Concepts Biomedical Model 2
BIOM 562G Homeostasis and Organ Systems I 5
BIOM 559G Biostatistics 2
 Hours11
Term 2
BIOM 550G Research Survey Seminar 0
BIOM 558G Biochemistry, Cell, & Molecular Biology 5
BIOM 554G Neuroscience 3
BIOM 618G Epidemiology 1
 Hours9
Term 3
BIOM 563G Homeostasis and Organ Systems II 5
BIOM 557G
Micro Anatomy and Embryology
or HNRS Micro Anatomy and Embryology
4
 Hours9
 Total Hours29
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
Term 1Hours
BIOM 691G Biomedical Science Research 6
BIOM 600G Critical Analysis of Research 0
 Hours6
Term 2
BIOM 600G Critical Analysis of Research 0
BIOM 682G Research Proposal 1
BIOM 691G-693GBiomedical Research/Elective Courses 5
 Hours6
Term 3
BIOM 600G Critical Analysis of Research 0
BIOM 691G-693GBiomedical Research/Elective Courses 4
BIOM 618G Epidemiology 1
 Hours5
Term 4
BIOM 600G Critical Analysis of Research 0
BIOM 691G-693GBiomedical Research/Elective Courses 6
BIOM 683G Thesis Manuscript Development 0-1
 Hours6-7
 Total Hours23-24