Physiology & Biophysics

Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics


Tech Master's Program:

Program Code: PHS-MS-A

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics encourages research staff members working for Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland, The Cleveland Clinic, and area biotechnology companies to expand their critical research knowledge and skills by enrolling in our Master's of Science in Physiology and Biophysics program. This program, the Tech Master's Program, is specifically designed for staff working full time. Each employer has their own policy on allowing staff to take classes and enroll in graduate programs. CWRU's policy is to allow staff, with their supervisor's permission, to take up to 6 credit hours per term, with tuition being covered by CWRU as part of the employee benefit package. Staff are expected to make up the time they spend in class during the day after hours.
The 27 hours of required courses can be taken over a 3 year period, with each student's schedule customized to their particular needs. Research rotations are optional for this program. The research project required for the MS Thesis is conducted in the laboratory of the staff member's supervisor under the supervisor's direction. To serve as the student's thesis advisor, the supervisor does not have to have an official appointment in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics as required for other degree programs in the department.

Students will enroll in one of the three training programs in the department: the Cell & Molecular Physiology Training Program, the Structural Biology & Biophysics Training Program, or the Systems & Integrated Physiology Training Program.

The Tech Master's Program provides:

  • An excellent Foundation for future careers in biomedical professions including academic or industrial research.
  • Coursework and research experience at the cell, molecular, and systems levels.
  • Nationally ranked training environment
  • Option for qualified students to transfer to the Ph.D. degree program in Physiology and Biophysics after successful completion of the MS degree program.

TECHNIQUES / AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Molecular biology
  • Gene expression
  • Electrophysiology
  • Ion transport
  • Bioengergetics
  • Protein trafficking
  • NMR imaging
  • Cardiovascular physiology
  • Renal physiology
  • Pulmonary physiology
  • Cell signaling
  • Hormone/Receptor biology

PROGRAM OF STUDY

(See the Graduate Student Handbook **)

A total of at least 27 credit hours are required for the MS degree.
18 hours (12 graded) must be taken from the list of required and elective courses.
9 hours of thesis research (PHOL651) are required for graduation.

 


Required courses offered during the spring term are dependent upon the specific training program the student has joined:

Cell & Molecular Physiology Training Program:

PHOL 466
Cell Signaling
3 Credits
PHOL 480
Physiology of Organ Systems
4 Credits
PHOL 498-1
Physiology and Biophysics Departmental Seminar
1 Credits
IBMS 500
Ethics and Biomedical Research
0 Credits

Structural Biology and Biophysics Training Program:

PHOL 475
Protein Biophysics
3 Credits
PHOL 476
Cell Biophysics
3 Credits
PHOL 498-1
Physiology and Biophysics Departmental Seminar
1 Credits
IBMS 500
Ethics and Biomedical Research
0 Credits

Systems & Integrated Physiology Training Program:

PHOL 480
Physiology of Organ Systems
4 Credits
PHOL 498-1
Physiology and Biophysics Departmental Seminar
1 Credits
IBMS 500
Ethics and Biomedical Research
0 Credits
PHOL 514
Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology
3 Credits

Elective research rotation during the spring term:

PHOL 505-1
Laboratory of Research Rotation
3 Credits

Required courses offered during the fall term for students in all the training programs:

PHOL 456
Structure and Function of Proteins
2 Credits
PHOL 468
Membrane Physiology
3 Credits
PHOL 498-1
Physiology and Biophysics Departmental Seminar
1 Credits

Elective research rotation during the fall term:

PHOL 505-1
Laboratory of Research Rotation
3 Credits

Students should consult the School of Medicine’s course listings for other elective courses that may be taken to fulfill the course requirements for the degree.