The plan of study for the MSMS program consists of a ten (10) credit hour core curriculum and a recommended course of study based on career tracks. The ten credit hour core curriculum consists of these courses:
Additional coursework to fulfill the MSMS degree requirement is selected from courses offered in the basic and biomedical science programs in the College of Medicine and other colleges. Students will work with their mentor to design a career-focused curriculum along discipline-specific tracks that target the needs, training, and career goals of each student (e.g., medical school, dental school, the doctoral, pharmaceutical industry, laboratory technician, etc.).
Examples of recommended courses that provide advanced scientific training can be found HERE and are based on prerequisites that are consistent with different professional degree programs and areas of specialization.
- Students planning to pursue an advanced degree in biomedical research, such as the IBS program at the University of Kentucky, would benefit from taking IBS 601/BCH 607 Biomolecules and Metabolism.
- The Fundamentals of Biochemistry course (BCH 401G) would provide sufficient exposure and background material for students wishing to pursue a non-research based health-related professional degree program.
- Many, if not all, dental schools are now requiring microbiology as a prerequisite and students wishing to pursue this career path should take MI 598 Clinical Microbiology.
- A student pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry would want to consider taking Principles of Drug Action (PHA 621) and Molecular Targets and Therapeutics (PHA 622).