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Master of Science--Specific Program Requirements (Hegis Code 0408)

The M.S. program in Experimental Pathology has five tracks. Two M.S. tracks in general experimental pathology have been developed to enable students to choose didactic courses appropriate to their prior training and current or future interests (Plan A) or to their interest in obtaining laboratory research experience in experimental pathology (Plan B). In addition to these two general M.S. tracks, there are also three more specialized tracks which have been developed in response to the increasing general awareness of the pathogenic effects of agents found in the environment and the increased need for persons with advanced training in environmental pathology in industry and government. The first of these specialized tracks leads to an M.S. in Experimental Pathology with an emphasis on environmental pathology (Plan C). A series of departmental courses examines the biological effects of environmental pollutants and their role in the pathogenesis of disease. These courses permit students to emphasize environmental pathology in their graduate training and form the core of this program. A second specialized track (Plan D) leads to an M.S. in Experimental Pathology with an emphasis on applied environmental science, and adds courses and practical experience related to evaluation and management of environmental pathogenic factors. A third specialized Masters’ track (Plan E) leads to an M.S. in Experimental Pathology with an emphasis on toxicological pathology. This track is available only to individuals already holding an advanced degree (M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M., or equivalent). Admission to this specific program is strictly limited to those who require advanced training in this area and is highly competitive.

For the general experimental pathology tracks (Plan A and Plan B), 31 credits are required, as specified below, along with either a Master’s Literature Review (PATH-9750, Plan A) or a Master’s Thesis (PATH-9850, Plan B). Based upon prior background and interests, students may choose a sequence in either General Biochemistry or General Microbiology. Research credits may be substituted for didactic credits in the general experimental pathology M.S. track (Plan B only), but not in Plan A or in any of the specialized M.S. tracks (Plans C, D and E) described below.

 
Master of Science with emphasis on Experimental Pathology. A total of 31 course credits is required.
Required Courses                              Plan A
PATH 1080 (408) Introduction to Pathology 3 credits
PATH 1090 (409) Systemic Pathology 3 credits
PATH 1200 (420) Introduction to Epidemiology  3 credits
PATH 2310 (471) Environmental Toxicology or Toxicology Pharm 2510) 2 or 3 credits
BIOC 1010 (230A) General Biochemistry I & BIOC 1020 (230B) General Biochemistry II or or General Microbiology I & II (MICRO-1010, -1020) 8 credits
CELL 1360 (136) Cell Biology * 3 credits
BMS 1200 (900) Introduction to Biostatistics or Statistics for Basic Medical Sciences (BMS–1300) 2 or 3 credits
Electives (didactic credits only) 4 - 6 credits
Master’s Independent Study (PATH-9700) 1 credit 
Master’s Literature Review (PATH–9750) 0 credits
TOTAL 
31 credits
* Based on the student’s background and interests, a suitable elective may be substituted for CELL-1360 with the approval of the program director.

Master of Science with emphasis on Experimental Pathology. A total of 31 course credits is required.
Required Courses                              Plan B
PATH 1080 (408) Introduction to Pathology 3 credits
PATH 1090 (409) Systemic Pathology 3 credits
PATH 1200 (420) Introduction to Epidemiology  3 credits
PATH 2310 (471) Environmental Toxicology or Toxicology Pharm 2510) 2 or 3 credits
BIOC 1010 (230A) General Biochemistry I & BIOC 1020 (230B) General Biochemistry II or or General Microbiology I & II (MICRO-1010, -1020) 8 credits
CELL 1360 (136) Cell Biology * 3 credits
BMS 1200 (900) Introduction to Biostatistics or Statistics for Basic Medical Sciences (BMS–1300) 2 or 3 credits
Master’s Thesis Research (PATH–9800) up to 5 credits
Electives (didactic credits only)) 0 to 7 credit 
Master’s Thesis (PATH–9850) 0 credits
TOTAL 
31 credits
* Based on the student’s background and interests, a suitable elective may be substituted for CELL-1360 with the approval of the program director.
Plan C: Master of Science with emphasis on Environmental Pathology

A minimum of 31 didactic credits and a Master’s Literature Review (PATH-9750) are required. The topic chosen for PATH–7010 may be tailored to the student’s individual needs and interests, but should be in the area of environmental pathology or environmental health science. Research credits (e.g., PATH-8600 or PATH-9800) cannot be counted towards fulfillment of degree requirements in this track.
 
Master of Science with emphasis on Experimental Pathology. A total of 31 course credits, including a one-credit M.S. literature review, is required.
Required Courses                              Plan C
PATH 1080 (408) Introduction to Pathology 3 credits
PATH 1090 (409) Systemic Pathology 3 credits
Lectures in Histology (CELL–1320) 3 credits
Laboratory in Histology (CELL–1330)  2 credits
Fundamentals of Animal Research (PATH–1110) 3 credits
Directed Readings in Experimental Pathology (PATH–7010) 2 credits
BMS 1200 (900) Introduction to Biostatistics or Statistics for Basic Medical Sciences (BMS–1300) 2 or 3 credits
PATH 1200 (420) Introduction to Epidemiology  3 credits
PATH 2310 (471) Environmental Toxicology or Toxicology Pharm 2510) 2 or 3 credits
Electives (didactic credits only)) 5 to 7 credit 
Master’s Independent Study (PATH-9700) 1 credit 
Master’s Literature Review (PATH–9750) 0 credits
TOTAL 
31 credits
 

Plan D: Master of Science with emphasis on Applied Environmental Science

A minimum of 31 didactic credits and a Master’s Literature Review (PATH-9750) are required. Research credits (e.g., PATH-8600 or PATH-9800) cannot be counted towards fulfillment of degree requirements in this track.
 

Master of Science with emphasis on Applied Environmental Science. A total of 31 course credits, including a one-credit M.S. literature review, is required.
Required Courses
PATH 1080 (408) Introduction to Pathology 3 credits
PATH 1200 (420) Introduction to Epidemiology 3 credits
PATH 2210 (421) Applied Environmental Science & Health 3 credits
PATH 2220 (422) Environmental Engineering & Health 3 credits
PATH 2230 (423) Environmental Law, Policy & Management 3 credits
PATH 2310 (471) Environmental Toxicology or Toxicology Pharm 2510)
2 or 3 credits
BMS 1200 (900) Introduction to Biostatistics or Statistics for Basic Medical Sciences (BMS–1300)
2 or 3 credits
PATH 8400 (425) Internship in Environmental Science 2 credits
Electives (didactic credits only)) 7 to 9 credits
Master’s Independent Study (PATH-9700) 1 credit 
Master’s Literature Review (PATH–9750) 0 credits
TOTAL 
31 credits
 

Plan E: Master of Science with emphasis on Toxicologic Pathology

Admission to the M.S. program with emphasis on Toxicologic Pathology is limited to applicants who already have a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M., or the equivalent). A minimum of 30 credits and a Master’s Literature Review are required. Individuals interested in this track should contact the program director before applying.
 

Master of Science with emphasis on Toxicologic Pathology. A total of 30 course credits, including a one-credit M.S. literature review, is required.
Required Courses
PATH 7710 (413) Introduction to Toxicological Pathology 3 credits
PATH 7720 (414) Regulatory Experimental Pathology 3 credits
PATH 7610 (461) Biological Safety Evaluation of Chemical Products 2 credits
PATH 7620 (462) Acute & Subchronic Toxicity 4 credits
PATH 7630 (463) Chronic Toxicity & Carcinogenicity 3 credits
PATH 7640 (464) Mutagenic Effects of Chemical Products 4 credits
PATH 7660 (466) Reproductive Performance & Teratology 3 credits
PATH 7670 (467) Mechanisms of Chemical Toxicity 3 credits
PATH 7680 (468) Advanced Comparative Toxicokinetics 3 credits
PATH 8010 (490) Journal Club 1 credit 
Master’s Independent Study (PATH-9700) 1 credit 
PATH 9750 (497) M.S. Literature Review 0 credit 
TOTAL 
30 credits
 
   

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