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Cell Systems and Anatomy

 

The Master of Science degree in Cell Systems and Anatomy offers training in areas of anatomical sciences and biotechnology. The curriculum prepares students seeking a Master of Science degree for a fulfilling biomedical career, in academic, industrial or clinical settings. The overall mission of the program is to prepare the next generation of life-long learners and critical thinkers to design and execute innovative basic and translational research, and to address the most important and challenging knowledge gaps in basic biology, human health, and disease. 

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Admission Requirements

- Bachelor's degree with a Natural Science major (to include general biology, general chemistry, general physics and calculus) 

- Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) 

- A minimum score of 308 (1200 on the old scale) in the GRE (verbal + quantitative) is preferred

About the Program

There are two parallel tracks in the Program: Anatomical Sciences and Biotechnology Tracks with some overlapping requirements but distinct curricula. The program of graduate study (i.e. the track elected) leading to the Master's Degree will depend upon the student and the professional career for which the student is preparing.

The Anatomical Sciences track is a non-thesis track and does not require laboratory research. The program provides unique opportunities to teach and tutor medical, dental, and other health professions students. Over 40 percent of graduates moved on to medical or dental school in past five years.

The Biotechnology track focuses on using cutting-edge biotechnology available including Next-Gen sequencing, optical imaging in live cells and animals. Over 80 percent of graduates in last five years now working at major biotech/pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions.

Anatomical Sciences Track 

- Interdisciplinary human gross anatomy course with full cadaveric dissection

- 40% of graduates moved on to medical or dental school in past 5 years

- Unique opportunities to teach and tutor medical, dental and other health professions students 

- Highly acclaimed teaching faculty with many awards including the prestigious Piper Professorships, UT System Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards and UTHSCSA Presidential Teaching Excellence Awards

Biotechnology Track 

- Cutting-edge biotechnology available including Next-Gen sequencing, optical imaging in live cells and animals

- 80% of graduates in last 5 years now working at major biotech/big pharma companies and academic institutions

- Graduates of the program have won the annual Guarino award, the top institution-wide prize for M.S. graduates, in each of the last 4 years

- 40 Faculty members with state-of-the-art laboratories conducting exciting basic science and translational research in Aging, Cancer Biology, Cell & Organelle Biology, DNA Repair & Mutagenesis, Neurobiology and Stem Cells

Plan of Study-Anatomical Sciences Track 

First Year Fall Semester

                                                                                                                                                           
Course NumberCourseSemester Credit Hours
CSBL 5032Dental Histology5
MEDI 5070Responsible Conduct of Patient-Oriented Clinical Research2
CSBL 6060Anatomical Sciences Thesis1

First Year Spring Semester

                                                                                                                                                                                               
Course NumberCourseSemester Credit Hours
CSBL 5022Inter-Professional Human Gross Anatomy5.5
CSBL 5015History of Anatomy2.5
CSBL 6059Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine1
CSBL 6060Anatomical Sciences Thesis 1

Second Year Fall Semester

                                                                                                                                                                                               
Course NumberCourseSemester Credit Hours
IBMS 5047Neuro-anatomy2
CSBL 6071Supervised Teaching (Medical or Dental Gross Anatomy)2
CSBL 6072Presentation Skills0.5
CSBL 6060Anatomical Sciences Thesis 4

Second Year Spring Semester

                                                                                                                                                                                               
Course NumberCourseSemester Credit Hours
ElectiveAdvanced Cell Biology or Developmental Biology2
CSBL 6071Supervised Teaching (Inter-professional Gross Anatomy)3
CSBL 6060Anatomical Sciences Thesis4
CSBL 6072Presentation Skills 0.5

Plan of Study-Biotechnology Track

First Year Fall Semester

                                                                                                                       
Course NumberCourseSemester Credit Hours
IBMS 5000Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences 8
INTD 5082Responsible Conduct of Research1.5

First Year Spring Semester

                                                                                                                                                           
Course NumberCourseSemester Credit Hours
CSBL 6097Research4
CSBL 5095Experimental Design & Data Analysis3

Electives2

Second Year Fall Semester

                                                                                                                       
Course NumberCourseSemester Credit Hours
CSBL 6097Research8
CSBL 6072Presentation Skills0.5

Second Year Spring Semester

                                                                                                                       
Course NumberCourseSemester Credit Hours
CSBL 6098Thesis8.5
CSBL 6072Presentation Skills0.5

Faculty

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Contact Information:
Yidong Bai, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(210) 567-0561
Baiy@uthscsa.edu

Donna Navarro
Academic Program Coordinator
NAVARROD3@UTHSCSA.EDU
210-567-5075

Application Deadline:
Fall/March 31

Program Handbook:
MS CSA Graduate Program Handbook

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