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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Basic Biomedical Sciences (M.S.)

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Program Overview

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Basic Biomedical Sciences provides interdisciplinary graduate education in a variety of basic biomedical science areas. The program stresses laboratory investigation and original research under the direction of a faculty member. The Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences also emphasizes flexibility and individual choice in the development of the student’s overall program of study and offers several specializations. At the present time, faculty are conducting research in the broad areas of Cancer Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Infectious Diseases, Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, and Systems Physiology and Structural Biology. Learn more at usd.edu/bbsci.

Master of Science, Plan A only (thesis): Total 31 credit hours

  • Basic Biomedical Core 2 credit hours
  • Thesis 15 credit hours
  • Supporting courses outside of area 14 credit hours

Required core courses for M.S.: 17 credit hours

Master of Science, Plan B (non-thesis): Total 32 credit hours

  • Basic Biomedical Core 5 credit hours
  • Supporting courses 27 credit hours

Supporting Area Coursework

27 credit hours of supporting coursework from the options listed below (other choices must be approved by the student’s Advisory Committee and the Division’s Graduate Committee). Please check with the Division Office for a more comprehensive list of courses at Biomed@usd.edu or 658-6322.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Admission test scores*
  6. Statement of purpose
  7. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. For specific program requirements and submission deadline, visit: catalog.usd.edu.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Basic Biomedical Sciences
605-658-6322 | biomed@usd.edu | usd.edu/biomed

Graduate Admissions
605-658-6140 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad

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