Curriculum

The Professional Science Master’s Program in Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology requires a total of 38 credits that full-time students can earn in two years. However, students can also enroll part time. An enrollment for a minimum of 5 credits is required for financial aid eligibility.

In addition to the science courses, in the General BSBT Program, students are required to enroll in professional development courses (Plus Courses) such as biomedical entrepreneurship, project management and regulatory affairs. These Plus Courses provide additional training that is very much valued by employers inside and outside academia.

The mandatory internship requires students to apply their base science and professional training in a hands-on, real-world setting. In consultation with the Program Director, students choose an internship that suits their future career aspirations. For example, students who are interested in a career in research can pursue an internship in an academic lab or a company. Students can also carry out an internship in a biotech business setting, regulatory affairs or technology transfer. Employers inside and outside academia often view the internship as an extended interview, and after graduation, quite a number of our graduates stayed at their internship site for employment. Some students have also used our program successfully as a stepping stone towards medical or DO school or a PhD program.

2020/21 Curriculum:

Required Courses

Fall

Course Number Course Title Credit
BSBT 6072 Foundations in Biochemistry
Monday through Friday, 8:00-10:00 AM
1.5 credits
BSBT 6073 Foundations in Molecular Biology
Monday through Friday, 8:00-10:00 AM
1.5 credits
BSBT 6074 Foundations in Cell Biology
Monday through Friday, 8:00-10:00 AM
1.5 credits
BSBT 6075 Foundations in Genetics
Monday through Friday, 8:00-10:00 AM
1.5 credits
These courses are taught in sequence during the Fall Semester and students are expected to enroll in these four courses in the same semester.
BSBT 6065 RCR Case Studies
Wednesdays: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
1 credit
Elective 2 credits
Elective 2 credits

Spring

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

Fall

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
Or
BSBT 6802 The Regulatory Environment of Life Science Innovation (4:00-5:15 PM) 3 credits
Elective 3 credits
Elective 1 credit

Spring

Course Number Course Title Credit
BSBT 6061 Project Management (4 full days) 2 credits
BSBT 6801 Biomedical Entrepreneurship 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 Introduction to Biomedical Data Practices 1 Fall
BSBT 6060 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 2 - November 19, 2020, Monday through Friday 8-10 AM
Discovering Protein Function and Structure 2 Fall
Microbiology in Biomedical Research 2 Fall
Inflammation 2 Fall
Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics 2 Fall
Core topics B:
November 20 - December 11, 2020 (no classes Nov. 25, 26, 27) Monday through Friday 8-10 AM
Stem Cell Biology to Regenerative Medicine 2 Fall
Gene Regulation and RNA Biology in Disease 2 Fall
The Microbiome in Health and Medicine 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
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
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:

  • 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.

Co-Curricular Requirements

  • 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.