The Master of Science program is being revised for fall 2016 admission. Details about the program are not yet available.

The Master of Science in free radical and radiation biology requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate credit.

The M.S. program is open to graduate students with a background in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, health sciences, veterinary medicine, or engineering.

After completing the introductory courses FRRB:5000 Radiation Biology and FRRB:7000 Redox Biology and Medicine, students typically concentrate on a particular aspect of the field. Some students elect to focus on radiation and cancer biology, while others choose to emphasize redox biology.

In addition to formal lectures and some structured laboratory exercises, plans of study for redox biology, cancer biology, and radiation biology students involve small-group conferences, discussions, and seminars.

Some of the department’s graduate students elect to take FRRB:3130 Radiation Safety and Radiobiology, a course that covers safe operation of radiation-producing equipment and handling of radioactive materials, regulations and regulatory agencies, formulas and techniques in radiation protection programs, radiation protection, and other topics.

Required Courses

Students must complete the following course work. Certain courses must be taken on a graded basis; consult the program office.

All of these:
FRRB:5000Radiation Biology (must be taken first)4
FRRB:7000Redox Biology and Medicine (must be taken first)4
FRRB:7001Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer3
BISC:5201Fundamentals of Gene Expression1
BMED:7270Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I0
MCB:6226Cell Cycle Control1
Two of these:
BMED:5205Practical Bioinformatics1
MCB:6225Growth Factor Receptor Signaling1
MCB:6227Cell Fate Decisions1
Beginning in their second year of study, students enroll in the following at least once a year:
FRRB:6000Seminar: Free Radical and Radiation Biology1
FRRB:6006Topics in Free Radical Biology and Medicine1
FRRB:6008Topics in Radiation and Cancer Biology1

If a student has completed an equivalent course from another institution, either as a didactic course or through work experience, the student may formally ask for the opportunity to take a by-pass exam, a course substitution, or an exemption. Students should consult the program office.

Credit earned from English as a second language (ESL) courses do not count toward the M.S. degree.

Attendance at other seminars and lectures outside the Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program is strongly encouraged.

M.S. with Thesis

M.S. students who wish to earn the degree with thesis must complete a minimum of 30 s.h. and write a thesis.

Graduate students are supported as graduate assistants from funds available through research grants and contracts or from departmental funds.