Example Degree Plans

Students can complete the program in two or three terms; most students choose to complete the program in two terms.

Two-Term Plan

Students applying to medical, dental or other programs while in the program are recommended to follow a two-term degree plan.

FALL

Course Name Credit(s)
PBIO 534-01: Cellular and Molecular Physio 4
PBIO 504-01: Biostatistics 3
PBIO 501-01: Physiology 5
PBIO 602-02: Biomedical Career Pathways (only required for students applying to medical school; counts as elective credit) 1
Elective 2
Total 15 Credits

SPRING

Course Name Credit(s)
PBIO 568-03: Pathophysiology 3
PBIO 907-01: Physiology Research Paper 2
PBIO 569-01: Neurophysiology 3
Electives 7
   
Total 15 Credits


Three-Term Plan

In the three-term degree plan (August – August), students elect to delay one elective course and one spring core course until the summer.

Full-time tuition is capped during fall and spring at the 12-credit level, and summer tuition is charged per credit hour, so the two-term plan (two full-time semesters) is less expensive than the three-term plan (two full-time semesters plus 5+ credits in the summer).

Other variations of three-term plan are also possible; contact Program Coordinator to discuss.

FALL

Course Name Credit(s)
PBIO 534-01: Cellular and Molecular Physio 4
PBIO 504-01: Biostatistics 3
PBIO 501-01: Physiology 5
PBIO 602-02: Biomedical Career Pathways (only required for students applying to medical school; counts as elective credit) 1
Total 13 Credits

SPRING

Course Name Credit(s)
PBIO 568-03: Pathophysiology 3
PBIO 907-01: Physiology Research Paper 2
Electives 7
   
Total 12 Credits

SUMMER

Course Name Credit(s)
PBIO 569-01: Neurophysiology 3
Elective 2
Total 5 Credits


George Squared (G²) Students

Students entering the MS program with a G² ABS Certificate from our partnership program with George Mason University need to complete 8 to 10 credits of coursework to earn their Master’s in Physiology Degree. Students can complete the degree in one term (spring or summer) or in two terms (fall and spring).

Fall Entry Schedule for G² Students (Academic Year)

G² ABS graduates entering the MS program in the fall will complete the MS program as a part-time student over two academic terms – fall and spring (August – May).  Tuition is charged per credit hour.

G² Fall (Academic Year)

Course Name Credit(s)
PBIO 907: Physiology Research Paper 2
Elective 2
Total 4 Credits*

*A graduate student must be registered for at least 4.5 credit hours to be considered part-time and qualify for Federal financial aid.

G² Spring (Academic Year)

Course Name Credit(s)
PBIO 568: Pathophysiology 3
PBIO 907: Physiology Research Paper 2
Total 5 Credits

Spring Entry Schedule for G² Students (“Spring Only”)

G² Spring (“Spring Only”)

Course Name Credit(s)
PBIO 568: Pathophysiology 3
PBIO 569: Neurophysiology 3
PBIO 907: Physiology Research Paper 2
Elective 2
Total 10 Credits

*Students who completed an elective in the ABS program and transferred >20 credits from the ABS program should not register for elective credits. These students only need to register for the 8 credits of required courses to complete their MS. 


Summer Entry Schedule For G² Students

ABS students entering the MS program in the summer will complete the MS program as a full-time student in one semester. (June – August).  Biomedical graduate students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours during summer are considered full-time; all biomedical graduate students enrolled in summer courses pay per credit hour.

G² Summer

Course Name Credit(s)
PBIO 603: Pathophysiology 3
PBIO 569: Neurophysiology 3
PBIO 907: Physiology Research Paper 2

Elective (PHARM 606)

2
Total 10 Credits

*Students who completed an elective in the ABS program and transferred >20 credits from the ABS program should not register for elective credits. These students should only register for the 8 credits of required courses to complete their MS.