MS in Anatomy & Neurobiology–Vesalius Program

The master’s in Anatomy & Neurobiology–Vesalius Program is a two-year, 32-credit Master of Science degree that includes the Vesalius Certificate. It is comprised of three main components:

  1. Graduate courses in the biomedical sciences
  2. Advanced teaching courses coupled with a one-on-one mentored teaching experience (the Vesalius Certificate)
  3. Primary biomedical research

The first year is devoted to establishing an advanced understanding of the biomedical sciences and neurosciences. Students take Medical Gross Anatomy and Medical Neurosciences in the first semester alongside first-year medical and graduate students. In the second semester of the first year, students continue with biomedical science courses, taking courses from a wide selection of electives and seminar courses. In addition, students take Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences, a special graduate course designed to expose the student to the theory and practice of education.

During the second year, students put theory into practice. The environment of the medical school classroom that the students experienced firsthand in their initial year serves as the platform on which they apply the techniques and principles to become effective educators. They work closely with faculty to refine their teaching techniques in small groups and large lectures. The second year will also be spent conducting a research project. This work, mentored by a faculty member, teaches the student how to perform primary biomedical research and culminates in a written independent research thesis.

Required Courses (28–30 cr)

  • GMS AN 701 Medical Gross Anatomy (8 cr)
  • GMS AN 703 Medical Neuroscience (4 cr)
  • GMS AN 704/MS 700 Experimental Design & Statistical Methods or Elementary Biostatistics (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 715 Professional Skills (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 801/802 Research Colloquium in Anatomy & Neurobiology (Journal Club) (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 803 Scientific Writing (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 804 Vesalius 2: Teaching Apprenticeship (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 805 Vesalius 3: Mentored Teaching Project (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 806 Vesalius 1: Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)
  • One departmental elective course (see list below) (2–4 cr)

Elective Course Options for Master’s Students

  • GMS AN 702 Learning and Memory (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 707 Neurobiology of Aging (offered biannually) (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 708 Advanced Clinical Anatomy (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 716 Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (offered biannually) (4 cr)
  • GMS AN 718 Methods in Neuroscience (4 cr)
  • GMS AN 720 Introduction to the Neurobiology of Education (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 722 Cells, Organs, and Tissues (Histology) (4 cr)
  • GMS AN 724 Advanced Neuroanatomy (4 cr)
  • GMS AN 777 Fundamentals of Cell & Molecular Neurobiology (4 cr)
  • GMS AN 807 Neurobiology of the Visual System (offered biannually) (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 810 Systems Neurobiology (4 cr)
  • GMS AN 811 Cognitive Neuroscience (4 cr)
  • GMS AN 820 Dynamic Modeling (2 cr)
  • GMS FA 712 Human Anatomy and Osteology (4 cr)
  • GMS FA 806 Advanced Human Osteology (4 cr)
  • GMS FS 702 Forensic Biology (3 cr)
  • GMS FS 712 Forensic Pathology (3 cr)
  • GMS FS 720 Molecular Biology of Forensic DNA (3 cr)
  • GMS IM 600 Biomedical Imaging Foundations  (4 cr)
  • GMS IM 630 Methods of Functional Imaging of the Brain (2 cr)
  • GMS MS 783 Molecular Basis of Neurologic Disease (2 cr)

Requirements for the Master’s Vesalius Certificate

All master’s degree students are required to complete the Vesalius Certificate. Students must have successfully completed the following two prerequisite courses to pursue the Vesalius Certificate:

  • GMS AN 701 Medical Gross Anatomy (8 cr)
  • GMS AN 703 Medical Neuroscience (4 cr)

The certificate consists of three courses/components. The program begins with a course on the development of teaching skills in the biomedical sciences. This is followed by a teaching apprenticeship (40 hours service as a Teaching Fellow in one or more of the medical or graduate required courses, above), and concludes with a Mentored Teaching Project that involves the development of a didactic lesson or exercise under the direct mentorship of experienced and award-winning faculty.

  • GMS AN 806 Vesalius 1: Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 804 Vesalius 2: Teaching Apprenticeship (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 805 Vesalius 3: Mentored Teaching Project (Practicum) (2 cr)

Typical Curriculum for Master’s in Anatomy & Neurobiology Students

Year 1: Fall

  • GMS AN 701/810 Medical Gross Anatomy (8 cr/4 cr)
  • GMS AN 703 Medical Neuroscience (4 cr; credits assigned in spring)
  • GMS AN 704/MS 700 Experimental Design & Statistical Methods or Elementary Biostatistics (2 cr)

Year 1: Spring

  • GMS AN 806 Vesalius 1: Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 715 Professional Skills for Students in the Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 801/802 Research Colloquium in Anatomy & Neurobiology (Journal Club) (2 cr)
  • Elective from list above (2 cr)

Year 2: Fall–Spring

During Year 2, students must take:

  • GMS AN 804 Vesalius 2: Teaching Apprenticeship (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 805 Vesalius 3: Teaching Practicum (2 cr)
  • Research (var cr)
  • Electives as desired, from list above (var cr)