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Life Sciences Research

The Life Science Research major is ideal for the graduate student who is planning to earn his or her Doctor of Philosophy degree. Students will participate in foundational graduate courses that will help them to understand and use the primary literature of the Life Sciences. Students will work closely with graduate faculty who can guide them in developing their scholarly writing skills and in completing a thesis research project.

A total of thirty graduate credit hours are the minimum requirement. Typical course schedules are listed below as an example. For more information regarding the Life Science Research major please contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected].


Fall Semester

LSCI 603 Colloquial Principles of Life Science 1
LSCI 604 Graduate Life Science Research Design & Analysis 3
Graduate Electives 9


Spring Semester

LSCI 613 Case Studies in Life Science 1
LSCI 605 Scholarly Writing in Life Science 2
LSCI 693 Life Science Thesis Research 1 - 9
Graduate Electives 6
10 - 18


Summer Semester (if needed)

Graduate Electives 1 - 7
1 - 7


Graduate elective courses are designed to enhance the graduate student's skill set and deepen understanding of key knowledge areas of contemporary life sciences. Elective courses will be determined by the research student's supervisory committee.

Elective courses can include but are not limited to the following courses:

BCHM 503 Advanced Cellular Biochemistry

LSCI 503 Advanced Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

LSCI 506 Microscopic Imaging Theory and Techniques

LSCI 606 Applied Ethics in the Biomedical Sciences

LSCI 610 Advanced Immunology

LSCI 611 Intro. to Pharmacology

LSCI 612 Bacteriology and Virology

LSCI 653 Life Science Graduate Special Topics

LSCI 683 Life Science Graduate Research Project (1 - 3)

Please note that in the event a student has course deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation, it may alter the curriculum of their graduate curriculum. This may require additional time for the successful completion of this major.


LMU-MS Program Office of Admissions

Phone: 1.800.325.0900 ext. 6576

Email: [email protected]

Fax: 423.869.7091