Academic Programs Catalog

College of Veterinary Medicine

Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology

Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology - Master of Science

The College of Veterinary Medicine offers a master of science program in comparative medicine and integrative biology to develop an understanding of major concepts in comparative medicine and integrative biology as well as to acquire comprehensive knowledge of a major field and related subjects. Plan A consists of prescribed course work, original research of an important problem in human and animal health or biology, a thesis, and a final oral examination. Plan B consists of prescribed course work and a final research paper.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Veterinary Medicine, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology

The student must complete a total of 30 credits for the degree under Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis), with at least 12 of those non-research credits in courses at the 800-900 level. Student’s who lack sufficient background in certain areas may be asked to take collateral courses at the 400-500 level. These collateral courses are not counted toward degree requirements. The student’s program of study must be approved by the student’s major advisor and must meet the requirements specified below: 

               
Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B (30 credits):  
1. Both of the following courses:  
  EPI 827 The Nature and Practice of Scientific Integrity 3
  VM 820 Current Topics in Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology 2
2. One of the following courses:  
  STT 421 Statistics I   3
  STT 422 Statistics II   3
  PHM 980 Problems   3

Additional Requirements for Plan A:

  1. One course from two of the following three major areas:   Molecular Life Sciences, Integrative Biology, and Pathology. A list of  approved courses is available from your academic advisor.
  2. Complete 10 credits of 899 Master’s Thesis Research from one of the following departments: Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Pathology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology and Small Animal Clinical Sciences.
  3. Elective credits including non-research and seminar courses as determined by the academic advisor.
  4. Pass an oral examination in defense of the thesis.

Additional Requirements for Plan B:

  1. One course from each of the following three major areas: Molecular Life Sciences, Integrative Biology, and Pathology. A list of approved courses is available from your academic advisor.
  2. Elective credits including non-research and seminar courses as determined by the academic advisor.
  3. Submit a satisfactory research paper.