School of Computational Sciences
New Professional Studies, M.S.
SCS offers three tracks in the new professional studies program: forensic biosciences,
bioinformatics, and biotechnology. The master's degree provides graduate education
for professionals working at the interface of information technology and the biological
sciences. As such, the program content is geared toward persons employed in science-based
organizations that require bioinformatics and bioscience skills and expertise.
The degree incorporates action-oriented group learning as a way to integrate
theory and practice. Grouped into teams, candidates are immersed in the practical
problems of organizations while engaging with each other through collaborative
technologies. By dealing with practical organizational issues, participants gain
deeper insight into how complex organizations work and how to affect them. The
program produces a tightly integrated learning experience and focuses on building
a learning community.
Each of the three tracks requires a minimum of 33 credits. Four core courses
(MNPS 700, 702, 703, 704) are required of all tracks. In addition to the minimum
33 credits, all students are required to take or to have met the requirements
of CHEM 663-664 Biochemistry (6 credits). In addition to the core courses, the
following courses are required for each track:
Forensic Biosciences: MBI 530, 531, 533, 534, 537, 538,
Bioinformatics: MBI 530, 531, 532, 533, 536, and six
credits from CSI 601-607
Biotechnology: MBI 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, and