Degree Requirements

Required Courses

Core courses provide an advanced study of human physiology while drawing together basic knowledge and skills in practical and applied contexts. To supplement core courses, you can attend seminars in specialized areas. We also encourage you to draw liberally from other offerings in human biology at BU to satisfy your own objectives. The department supports didactic and practical experience at agencies and institutions of higher learning outside of BU.

Electives: Depending on whether you choose to write a thesis or critical literature review, the curriculum includes up to 12 hours of elective graduate courses.

Grade Point Average

An overall grade point average of B or higher is required for graduation. No more than 8 credits of any C grades will be counted toward the degree. No grade below C is acceptable for inclusion in the 33 credit requirement. Up to 8 credits of graduate coursework may be transferred with departmental approval.

Additional Requirements

Candidates for the Master’s degree can complete the MS degree requirements in one of the following ways:

Critical Literature Review (one-year option): This option appeals to students who want to bolster their knowledge in physiology but do not necessarily intend to pursue a career in research. With good planning, it is  possible to complete the MS degree in one academic year. Students electing to complete a critical literature review must determine a topic area with their advisor. Specific details regarding the critical literature review are addressed in the departmental graduate student manual.

Master’s Thesis (two-year option): An option for those who are exploring the possibility of a career in research, whether in academia or industry. This plan requires experimental work and therefore usually takes two years. Students electing to complete a master’s thesis to fulfill their degree requirements must formulate a mutual agreement with a departmental research advisor who is expert on the subject and willing to closely supervise the effort.