Program Core Requirements

Program Curriculum

The Master’s Degree requires completion of 45 units and submission of a Master’s thesis. The required core courses are listed below. In order to fulfill the remaining unit requirement, students will enroll in additional COMPMED 260- Laboratory Research units each quarter to receive credit for lab work. If relevant to career goals, students may also enroll in elective courses that are deemed necessary/appropriate by their PI.

 

Core Course
Course Title
Repeat Unit(s)
COMPMED 200 One Health Journal Club
x2 1
COMPMED 202
Research Biomethodology for
Laboratory Animal Science
  2
COMPMED 209 Laboratory Animal Medicine Seminar   1
COMPMED 210A Form and Funkiness of Lab Animals I:
Anatomy and Histology
  3
COMPMED 210B Form and Funkiness of Lab Animals II:
Introduction to Pathological Priniciples
  3
COMPMED 211 Biostatistics for the Life Sciences
  2
COMPMED 290 Laboratory Animal Science Professional Development and Career Exploration x3 1
COMPMED 299 Directed Reading in Comparative Medicine with Megan Albertelli
  1-18
RESEARCH
COMPMED 260
Masters Laboratory Animal Science Practicum/Laboratory Research   1-18
COMPMED 299
Directed Reading in Compartive Medicine   1-18
Department Electives
Must obtain approval from PI for any electives
COMPMED 207
Vertebrate Brain Evolution   2
COMPMED 123 Immunology of Infectious Disease   2
COMPMED 114 Introduction to Veterinary Medical Terminology   2
COMPMED 103 Equine Medicine   2
BIOS 285
Rodent Animal Models
  1

Master’s Thesis:

Students must complete a master's thesis, which may take the following form:

  1. Original analysis of original data.
  2. A comprehensive literature review with a meta-analysis of data or a critical reanalysis of data.
  3. Evaluation of a methodological problem using real data.
  4. A comprehensive literature review with a grant proposal (NIH style format) for a new study to bridge a gap in the existing knowledge.

Students typically complete their required courses in 2-3 quarters and spend their final 2 - 3 quarters working on their thesis project.

Updated May 26, 2020