Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics
MASTER OF SCIENCE **Under Construction**
The primary goal of the Master of Science Program in the Department of Cell Physiology
and Molecular Biophysics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is to train
technically competent biomedical scientists. These individuals will qualify for positions
in government, industry, research laboratories, and college and high school science
departments. Specific goals include providing the student with 1) a broad background
in the basic biomedical sciences, 2) advanced knowledge in a specific area of Physiology,
3) the ability to identify specific research problems and formulate testable hypotheses
related to these problems, and 4) the technical competence to develop new or adapt
existing laboratory techniques for solving research problems.
Candidates for Master of Science degrees generally have bachelor degrees in the chemical,
physical, or biological sciences. Prospective students are expected to have completed
courses in biological science, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Exceptional applicants
who have not completed all of the prerequisite course work may be accepted provided
that the necessary leveling work is taken during the first year. A completed application
would include GRE scores, undergraduate transcripts, and, for foreign students, a
TOEFL score. A personal interview may be required and is always encouraged. Applications
are considered as they are received, and we encourage completion of the application
process by the March 1st deadline for admission to the fall semester.
Acceptance into the Master of Science Program in Physiology is based upon approval
by a majority vote of the faculty in the Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular
Biophysics and final acceptance by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Credit Requirements for the Master's Degree in Physiology:
A minimum of 36 hours of graduate course work, plus 6 hours of thesis credit is required
for graduation with a Master's degree.
Supervision of Graduate Students:
A Graduate Advisory Committee consisting of the Graduate Advisor and three faculty
members in the Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics manage the graduate
program. Dr. Raul Martinez-Zaguilan is currently the Graduate Advisor (Physiology.Graduate@ttuhsc.edu or telephone 806-743-2562). Students in the Master of Science Program are counseled
by the Graduate Advisor until they have selected a Thesis Advisor. The Thesis Advisor
must be an approved member of the graduate faculty of the Graduate School of Biomedical
Assistantships and scholarships for Masters students are awarded on a competitive
basis. For further information contact Dr. Raul Martinez-Zaguilan (Physiology.Graduate@ttuhsc.edu or telephone 806-743-2562).
Retention Policy for Graduate Program in Physiology:
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences requires that students maintain a GPA of
3.0 each semester. Failure to do so results in probation or dismissal from the program.
An overall GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.
All students and faculty of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School
of Medicine subscribe to an honor system which is specified in a "CODE OF PROFESSIONAL
CONDUCT" which was approved on January 2, 1985 and further described in the TTUHSC
School of Medicine Student Handbook of August 16, 1993.
Application for Admission to the Program for a Master of Science in Physiology:
Application to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences can be accomplished online.
For further information concerning the Graduate Program in the Department of Cell
Physiology and Molecular Biophysics, TTUHSC, contact:
Raul Martinez-Zaguilan, Ph.D.
Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th Street
Lubbock, TX 79430 Physiology.Graduate@ttuhsc.edu
FAX (806) 743-1512
MASTER'S OF SCIENCE CURRICULUM
The MS degree plan is designed to be completed within 2 years, keeping in mind that
conditions may arise requiring an extended time period. Required courses in general
and organ-based physiology, biochemistry, and cell and molecular biology are completed
in the first Fall and Spring semesters. Research begins with laboratory rotations
in the first Summer.