The Master's Program requires 26 credits of core courses, such as Foundations in Biomedical Sciences, Biostatistics, Molecular Biology Laboratory, Introduction to Biotechnology, Bio-Entrepreneurship, Issues in Drug Development and Science Writing. 10 elective credits can be chosen from disciplines such as science, leadership and ethics. In replacement of a thesis, an internship including an extensive report and presentation are mandatory.

Internship/Research Experience

As a form of experimental learning, the program requires an internship with a time commitment of at least 10 onsite hours per week for one semester. Internships can be pursued in biotech companies, non-profit or government organizations, or in an academic laboratory. Substituting for the Master's thesis, the interns will write an internship report and will discuss their internship projects and experiences with a faculty committee and fellow students.

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2019/20 Curriculum:

Required Courses


Course Number Course Title Credit
IDPT 7806
Section 002
Foundations in Biomedical Sciences
August 26 - November 15, 2019 (daily 8-10 AM)
6 credits
BSBT 6065
Section 003
RCR Case Studies
Mondays: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
1 credit
Elective 2 credits
Elective 2 credits


Course Number Course Title Credit
BSBT 6067
Section 004
Special Topics: Statistics for the Biomedical Sciences 2 credits
BSBT 6071
Section 005
Special Topics: R Programming 1 credit
BIOL 5125 Molecular Biology Laboratory (Denver Campus) 3 credits
BIOL 5024 Introduction to Biotechnology (Denver Campus) 3 credits


Course Number Course Title Credit
ENGL 5175  Writing in the Sciences (Denver Campus) 3 credits
PHSC 7330 Development of Drugs and Biologics (only in even years) 3 credits
BSBT 6802 The Regulatory Environment of Life Science Innovation (4:00-5:15 PM) 3 credits
Elective 3 credits
Elective 1 credit


Course Number Course Title Credit
BSBT 6061 Project Management (4 full days) 2 credits
BSBT 6801 Building Biotechnology (5-7 PM) 3 credits
BSBT 6939 Internship Discussion with Program Director 3-6 credits

Elective Courses

Enrollment in elective courses requires prior discussion with the Program Director

Stem Disciplines: (While likely, it is not guaranteed that the courses are always offered in the semester indicated)

Course Number Course Title Credit/Time
BSBT 6110 Introduction to BioComputing 3 Fall
BSBT 6060
Section 001
Introduction to Biomedical Data Practices 1 Fall
BSBT 6060
Section 002
Intro to Machine Learning in Healthcare 2 Fall
MOLB 7900 Practical Computational Biology for Biologists: Python 2 Spring
MOLB 7910 Practical Computational Biology for Biologists: R 2 Spring
BSBT 6310 Practical Clinical Informatics 3 Spring
BSBT 6939 Internship with focus in bioinformatics - discuss with Program Director 3 all semesters
IDPT 7810
Core Topics in Biomedical Sciences
Core topics A:
November 4 - November 21, 2019, Daily 8-10 AM
Microbiology in Biomedical Research (3-5 PM) 2 Fall
Discovering Protein Function and Structure 2 Fall
Inflammation 2 Fall
Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics 2 Fall
Principles of Cancer Biology 2 Fall
Stem Cell Biology to Regenerative Medicine 2 Fall
Core topics B:
November 22 - December 13, 2019 (no classes Nov. 27, 28, 29) Daily 8-10 AM
Gene Regulation and RNA Biology in Disease 2 Fall
The Microbiome in Health and Medicine 2 Fall
Introduction to Concepts & Model Systems in Developmental Biology 2 Fall
Principles of Cancer Biology 2 Fall
CLSC 7202 Clinical Outcomes and Applications 3 Fall
IMMU 7630 Overview of Immunology 2 Fall
BIOL 5494 Population and Evolutionary Genetics 3 Spring
BIOL 6764 Biological Data Analysis 3 Spring
ENVS 6230 Environmental Epidemiology 3 Spring
BIOE 5074 Introduction to Laboratory Animal Research 3 Spring
CANB 7610 Cancer Biology Mini-Course 1 Spring
CANB 7620 HistoPhysiology 3 Spring
CSDV 7605 Stem Cells and Development 4 Spring
EPID 6630 Epidemiology 3 Spring
HMGP 7620 Advanced Genome Analysis 2 Spring
HMGP 7600 Survey of Human Genetics 3 Spring
NRSC 7610 Fundamentals of Neurobiology 3 Spring
IDPT 7305 Hands-On Proteomics Workshop 1 Spring
IDPT 7646 Tissue Biology and Disease Mechanisms 3 Fall
PHSC 7345 Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery 2 Spring
PHSC 7651 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 3 Spring
STBB 7609 Biophysics and Spectroscopy 3 Spring
TXCL 7751 NeuroToxicology 2 Spring
BIOL 5144 Medical Microbiology 3 Summer (Online)

Profession Skills, Business And Ethics

Course Number Course Title Credit/Time
BSBT 6062 Principles and Strategies of Effective Teaching (6 weeks, 2.5 hours each, 5-7:20PM) 1 Spring
BSBT 6063 Speaking and Presenting for Scientists and Educators - Delivering Effective Scientific and Educational Presentations 1 Fall/Spring
ENTP 6848 Leadership in New Ventures 3 Fall
MKTG 4700 Personal Selling and Sales Management 3 Fall
CLSC 7150 Ethics and Regulation in Human Subjects Review 1 Fall/Spring
ENTP 6834 Lean Marketing (online) 3 Spring

38 credits are required for graduation in the BSBT-PSM Program, and graduate students must maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0 (“B”). Courses with the grade of "C" are not accepted for graduation.

Please note:

  • The courses listed in “blue” are required courses of a Graduate Certificate Program in Biomedical Data Science. Because these courses are also listed as electives for the BSBT Master’s Program, a student could choose some of the “blue” courses as BSBT electives and add on more credits to earn both, a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences & Biotechnology plus a Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Data Science. Students who are interested in earning this Certificate will have to first talk to the BSBT and Graduate Certificate Program Director and also fill in this form.
    Note, students do not have to start the Master's and the Certificate Program at the same time, but the Certificate will have to be completed by the latest at the time the Master's is earned.
  • Courses are not guaranteed to always be offered, or offered in the indicated semester. Faculty availability might require changes. Students are encouraged to check the course availability before planning their semester schedule.
  • The courses IDPT 7810 “Core Topics in Biomedical Sciences” will be recognized for graduation for all BSBT students, but some courses allow only a limited number of students to enroll and might give preference to PhD students. Please check with course directors.
  • Please check with course directors for courses that have restricted enrollment, i.e. might request the prior fulfillment of some pre-requirements
  • It is the students’ responsibility to verify before enrollment that they fulfill the pre-requirements that are posted for some of the elective courses.
  • For BSBT-PSM students, as part of their graduation requirements, it is mandatory that students,
    1. attend all program meetings,
    2. meet with the Program Director at least once per semester in person, and
    3. participate in at least one career development workshop per semester and document the attendance in a form that is available from the Program Administrator.
    4. Starting with the 2019/20 cohort, students will also have to document that they conducted at least one informational interview with a person who holds a job that might also be a possible career path for the student.