M.S. Degree with Specialization in Human Anatomical Sciences

A number of students in recent years have shown an interest in pursuing an advanced degree in the Department of Biological Sciences with an emphasis in the human anatomical sciences. Previously the department had two routes for obtaining the MS degree. Option A which is a thesis masters emphasizes course work plus work in a research laboratory. The other, Option B, is a non-thesis degree that stresses general course work followed by a final defense over all areas of biology. A third type of masters with a specialization in the human anatomical sciences is now available in the Department of Biological Sciences. The degree requires course work related to human anatomy and physiology plus completion of a special studies project involving some aspect of the anatomical sciences. This project comprises development of a teaching tool such as a teaching video tapes or a teaching text such as a laboratory manual or CD rom. Prior to completion of the degree, the student takes a final examination conducted by the members of the student's committee. During the examination, the committee examines the student's general and detailed knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Upon completion of this degree, the student will be qualified to teach human anatomy and/or physiology in a community college setting. In addition, the student will also be qualified to perform human cadaver dissection and teach a dissection oriented human anatomy course.