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Sample Curricula for Research-Based M.S. Tracks:

Laboratory Science and Experimental Pathology

Regardless of the scientific area of focus, all M.S. students in the research-based M.S. tracks should plan to take the following courses:

Course Title and Number   

General Biochemistry: B500, 533, or B800

Credits 

3

Research Communications Seminar G655

2

Graduate Seminar in Pathology C808

1-2

Research in Pathology C859

9

 

 

 

 

Recommended electives for all M.S. students in research-based tracks 

Course Title and Number   

Molecular Biology/Pathology Techniques G890

Credits 

3

Ethical Conduct of Research G505

1

 

 

 

Regardless of scientific area of focus, all M.S. students in the M.S. Experimental Pathology track should plan to take the following courses.  These courses are also appropriate, but not required, for M.S. students in the M.S. Laboratory Science Track.

Course Title and Number  

Histology D502 or D851

Credits 

3 or 4  

General Pathology C603

6

Suggested electives for each scientific area of focus for M.S. students in research-based tracks are shown below by area of interest.  The total of elective credits needed will vary depending on which of the required/recommended courses listed above are completed.  At least 21 course credits must be completed for research-based M.S. degree completion.  Electives may be selected from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the graduate science departments within the IU School of Medicine and IUPUI.

Focus in Microbiology/Immunology:
Advances in Diagnostic Microbiology C820, Diagnostic Immunopathology C803

Immunology 561 or J601, Oral Microbiology J959, Introductory Virology 530, Infectious Microbes and Host Interactions J510, Immunology of Cancer 516, Principles of Molecular Biology 507, Electron Microscopy with Lab D866, Fundamental Concepts of Infection and Pathogenesis G718, Medical Microbiology J602, Introduction to Immunological Systems G729, and others.

 

Focus in Hematopathology/Immunohematology:
Immunology 561 or J601, Immunology of Cancer 697, Morphologic Hematology C802, Diagnostic Immunopathology C803, Regenerative Biology and Medicine 568, Biological Membranes 570, Cell Physiology 501, Physiology F503 or 556/557, Molecular Biology of Cancer 516, Genetics Q580 or Q612, and others 

 

Focus in Chemistry:
Biochemical Basis of Biological Processes G715, Molecular Biology and Genetics G716, Cellular Basis of Systems Biology G717, Protein Chemistry B841, Chromatographic Methods 629, Clinical Chemistry C700, Structural and Chemical Biology G807, Molecular Basis of Cell Structure and Function G817,  Biological Membranes 570, Drugs, Diseases, and Poisons F598, and others.

 

Focus in Molecular Biology:
Principles of Molecular Biology 507, Molecular Biology and Genetics G716, Molecular Basis of Cell Structure and Function G817, Molecular Biology of Cancer 516, Biological Membranes 570, Cell Physiology 501, Genetics Q580 or Q612, Human Cytogenetics Q620 with Laboratory Q621, and others

Sample Curriculum for the Ph.D. in Pathology

The Indiana BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) is the expected route for entry into the Ph.D. program in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.  The first semester curriculum will include the IBMG core courses, and the second semester will include electives selected as described below. 

Courses  

IBMG First and Second Year Core Curriculum (Includes G715-718, G655, G505, and statistics)

Credits   

18

Electives:* Selected from IBMG and other electives and including basic histology and microbiology if this background is lacking

6 - 12

Methods in Molecular Biology/Pathology G890

3

General Pathology C603

6

Graduate Student Seminar C808

2 - 4

Research in Pathology C859

45 cr. min.

*A total of 90 credits is needed for degree completion; this total must include at least 35 credits of didactic course work and at least 45 credits of C859 Research in Pathology

**Electives chosen from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, The IU School of Medicine basic science departments, and other IUPUI basic science departments will vary depending on the research interests of the individual student.

Part-time Study

          Part-time study in research-based pathology degree programs , although not recommended, is permitted.  Many students choose this option due to financial and personal issues that preclude them from studying full-time.  University guidelines mandate that all course work for the M.S. be completed within 5 years prior to graduation, and all course work for the Ph.D. be completed within 7 years of the doctoral qualifying examination.  It is possible to meet these requirements through part-time study. One semester of full-time enrollment is required for the M.S., and two consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment are required for the Ph.D.  

          The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine routinely accepts graduate-level science course credits earned by the student before admission to the program.  At IUPUI, students enroll under a status called "Graduate Non-Degree" while other universities may have another name for this status.  The number of credits that may be earned under this status is limited by the University, and completion of courses under this status does not guarantee admission to a Pathology graduate program.   

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