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General Studies (Capstone)

MS in Biomedical Sciences

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General Studies (Capstone) Concentration at PCOM Georgia 
MS in Biomedical Sciences

Interested in broadening your marketability in a variety of bioscience career paths and enhancing your professional credentials? The General Studies (Capstone) Concentration, offered at PCOM Georgia, is designed to provide you with exposure to diverse, relevant, cutting-edge topical areas in biomedical sciences including genetics, stem cell research, pharmacology and nutritional biochemistry.


As part of the program, students will complete laboratory practicum coursework designed to validate competency in laboratory techniques. Students will also demonstrate independent research skills through the required completion of a final capstone project.

The General Studies (Capstone) Concentration is designed to be completed in two years, but the program offers scheduling flexibility to meet the academic and professional objectives of its students. Before entering the concentration, students must successfully complete the foundation year and obtain approval of the program directors.

Students who have earned the MS in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in general studies have gone on to positions in:

  • Laboratory research
  • Industry
  • Teaching
  • Administration
  • Consulting
  • Investigator (forensic, accident scene, social services)
  • Healthcare policy
  • Professional schools (medical, dental, law, pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant and allied health programs)

Upon completion of the concentration, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of specific topical coursework information as well as understanding of basic research methodology including scientific method, data analysis, and empirical inquiry.
  • demonstrate advanced proficiency in information skills applied in the search and analysis of the literature; development of research design; approaches to quantitation of results and the written and oral presentation of research and other types of topical information.
  • apply their knowledge and skills in industry, teaching or further graduate study.
  • demonstrate effective use of computer technology in the biomedical sciences.

After completing foundation year coursework, students may progress to the second-year degree concentration.

The information listed below is from the current course catalog. Terms, sequences, courses and credit hours are subject to change at any time without notice.

2nd Year Requirements General Studies Capstone

Four Required Courses
BIOM 606GAnalytical Reading, Molecular Reading1
BIOM 612GHistorical Development of Current Themes in Biomedical Research1
One of the Following
BIOM 607GIndependent Study/Scientific Composition4
or BIOM 612G Historical Development of Current Themes in Biomedical Research
Total Required Credits = 6
Elective Courses - Choose Six of these 3 credit courses
BIOM 601MIntroduction to Pathology3
BIOM 603GConcepts in Pharmacology Toxicology3
BIOM 604GNutritional Biochemistry3
BIOM 610GMedical Immunology3
BIOM 611GMedical Microbiology3
BIOM 613GMolecular Genetics3
BIOM 614GDevelopmental Neuroscience3
BIOM 615GBiomedical Bases of Medicine3
BIOM 617GHuman Virology Biology3
BIOM 620GHuman Viruses Vaccines and Infectious Diseases3
BIOM 621GComputational Neuroscience3
BIOM 622GAdvanced Cardio Pulmonary Renal Physiology3
BIOM 624GEmbryological Basis of Disease3
BIOM 625GCurrent Challenges in Infectious Diseases3
BIOM 628GTopics in Global Health3
BIOM 629GAdvanced Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Physiology3
Not all electives are offered every year
Total Credits for completion of General Studies concentration = 24 credits

Interested in learning more about the General Studies (Capstone) concentration? Please contact:

Richard White, PhD, FAHA
Chair, Department of Bio-Medical Sciences - PCOM Georgia
Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology