Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs
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CONCENTRATION OVERVIEW

Neuroscience is one the fastest growing fields of biomedical sciences. There is an increasing demand for health care professionals and research scientists to meet the needs of the increasing number of the aging population affected with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. The Aging and Neuroscience concentration within the masters program in Medical Sciences has been developed in collaboration with the School of Aging Studies to integrate neuroscience as well as biomedical aging in one-year curriculum. The program is targeted for students interested in pursuing a medical, professional degree or further graduate education in biomedical sciences and in aging studies. The core curriculum focuses on basic and applied neuroscience, with emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases. Classes on research methods, stem cell biology, neuropharmacology and other basic biomedical sciences, as well as several classes offered by the school of Aging Studies are offered as electives. The students can elect to engage in a research component where they will be supervised by mentors from the USF research faculty or affiliated institutes. Program graduates can pursue further professional training in medicine and allied health sciences, continue their graduate education in neuroscience or aging studies, or work in the diverse health care fields, especially those catered to the aging population.

Total Program Credits (Minimum) 32



FALL SEMESTER
  • GMS 6771 – Aging and Neuroscience (3 crs)
  • GMS 7930 – Intro to Research in Biomedical Science (3 crs)
  • Elective (3 crs)
  • Elective (3-4 crs)
SPRING SEMESTER
Required courses:
  • GMS 6706 – Basic Medical Neuroscience (3 crs) - Online*
  • GMS 7930 – Neuroscience Seminar (1 cr)
  • Elective (3 crs)
  • Elective (3 crs)
  • Elective (3 crs)
SUMMER SEMESTER
Required course:
  • GMS 6871 – Health Sciences Ethics (2 crs) - Online*
  • GMS 7910 - Directed Research (5-6 crs)
POTENTIAL ELECTIVES
  • GMS 6630 – Basic Medical Histology (3 crs), Fall - Online*
  • GMS 6201 – Basic Medical Biochemistry (3 crs), Fall - Online*
  • GMS 6440 – Basic Medical Physiology (3 crs), Fall - Online*
  • GMS 6610 – Advanced Neuroanatomy (4 crs), Fall
  • GMS 6708 – Neuroimmunology (3 crs), Fall
  • GMS 6772 – Spinal Cord: Development, Pathology and Therapy (3 crs), Spring
  • GMS 7930 – Stem Cells in Brain Repair (3 crs), Spring
  • GMS 6016 – Basic Medical Genetics (3 crs), Spring - Online*
  • GMS 6735 – Neuropharmacology (3 crs), Summer
  • GMS 6671 – History of Medical Sciences (2 crs), Summer
  • GMS 6101 – Molecular/Cellular Immunology (3 crs), Fall
  • GMS 6908 – Medical Science Independent Study (1-3 crs), Fall/Spring

* - Students in the ANS concentration are required to take these courses online.

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