Program
School
Degree
Program
Anatomy, MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
The School of Medicine's Division of Anatomy offers curricula leading to a Master of Science degree. The core curriculum offers a broad biomedical background. Course work provides opportunities for qualified students not only to study all aspects of human morphology from both didactic and investigative points of view, but also to develop a special area of research interest. Study and research on other species and in other biomedical disciplines may be included in the student's curriculum.
Possible Careers
The Master of Science degree provides content appropriate for persons preparing to teach at the secondary level or in related professional school areas, or for persons intending to pursue careers as research technicians.
Program Length
Two (2) years, based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted
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Anatomy, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
A four to five year program leading to the PhD degree in Anatomy
Possible Careers
Anatomists work in a variety of areas, including academia, government and industry.
Program Length
Four to five years.
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Biology, MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
Students in the Master of Science in Biology program (non medical/non health related) take advanced biology courses and conduct significant, original research in preparation for writing their thesis. This program emphasizes "field-based" studies that generally address questions of "ecological" relevance such as animal biology and marine sciences. Students whose interests are more narrowly focused within health or other basic sciences should refer to programs within the LLU Medical School. See Medicine in program drop down.
Possible Careers
Secondary and University Teaching, Fields of Ecology, Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Genetics, Marine Sciences, Natural Resources. Some areas of specialization are: animal behavior, animal physiology, molecular systematics, ecological physiology, behavioral ecology, conservation biology, marine biology, and paleontology.
Program Length
2-5 Years
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Biology, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
Students in the Doctor of Philosophy in Biology program (non medical/non health related) take advanced biology courses and conduct significant, original research in preparation for writing their thesis. This program emphasizes "field-based" studies that generally address questions of "ecological" relevance such as animal biology and marine sciences. Students whose interests are more narrowly focused within health or other basic sciences should refer to programs within the School of Medicine.
Possible Careers
Some areas of specialization are: animal behavior, animal physiology, molecular systematics, ecological physiology, behavioral ecology, conservation biology, marine biology, and paleontology.
Program Length
3-6 Years
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Cancer, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
The School of Medicine offers basic sciences curricula leading to a Master of Science degree. The core curriculum provides a broad background in molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry. Advanced courses allow each student to fully develop an area of interest.
Possible Careers
Specialized areas include biomedical research and biotechnology industry.
Program Length
Two (2) years— based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted
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Cancer, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
The Cancer, Developmental and Regenerative Biology (CDRB) graduate program prepares the future biomedical workforce with the skills and information needed for successful careers as researchers and educators.
Possible Careers
Specialized areas include biomedical research and biotechnology industry.
Program Length
Four (4) years; full-time enrollment, part-time permitted
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Earth Science, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
The Department of Earth and Biological Sciences within the School of Medicine offers the program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in earth science.
Possible Careers
Secondary Teaching, University level teaching in Geology or Paleontology, Environmental Industries, Oil, Energy or Mining Industries, Earth System Science, Environmental Engineering, Waste Management, Sustainable Development, Paleontological Resources
Program Length
3-6 Years
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Environmental Sciences, BS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
BS
This interdisciplinary program studies the chemical, physical, and biological interactions that make life possible within our environment, and seeks a deeper understanding of the effect of human activities on environmental sustainability and management.
Possible Careers
Career options in the field of environmental sciences are diverse and abundant. The Environmental Sciences Program prepares students for entry-level jobs in environmental sciences or GIS fields. Graduates may pursue jobs in the public sector through local, state, and federal agencies such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and Department of Fish and Game. In the private sector, graduates may seek jobs in environmental consulting firms, foundations, and organizations. Some examples of career paths that environmental science graduates pursue include environmental engineering, science and social policy, and a wide variety of natural resources management fields such as soil science, forestry, agriculture, watershed science, range management, wildlife conservation, recreation resources, land management, and ecology; landscape architecture, conservation science, geographic information science (GIS), climatology, diverse health sciences; as well as public policy, law, or planning careers.
Program Length
2 Years
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Geology (27-month Track), MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
Interested in research and course work emphasizing field and laboratory studies in sedimentology, paleontology, igneous petrology, and geology in health and the environment? The Department of Earth and Biological Sciences offers the Master of Science in geology degree.
Possible Careers
Geologists study the physical aspects and history of the earth. They identify and examine rocks, study information collected by remote sensing instruments in satellites, conduct geological surveys, construct maps, and use instruments to measure the earth's gravity and magnetic field. They also analyze information collected through seismic prospecting, which involves bouncing sound waves off buried rock layers. Some geologists search for oil, natural gas, minerals, and underground water. Geoscientists play an increasingly important part in studying, preserving, and cleaning up the environment.
Program Length
Two-year track for students with an undergraduate degree in geology. A minimum of 56 quarter units, including 44 at or above the 500 level, constitutes the curriculum for the Master of Science degree in geology.
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Geology (36-month Track), MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
Interested in research and course work emphasizing field and laboratory studies in sedimentology, paleontology, igneous petrology, and geology in health and the environment? The Department of Earth and Biological Sciences offers the Master of Science in geology degree.
Possible Careers
Geologists study the physical aspects and history of the earth. They identify and examine rocks, study information collected by remote sensing instruments in satellites, conduct geological surveys, construct maps, and use instruments to measure the earth's gravity and magnetic field. They also analyze information collected through seismic prospecting, which involves bouncing sound waves off buried rock layers. Some geologists search for oil, natural gas, minerals, and underground water. Geoscientists play an increasingly important part in studying, preserving, and cleaning up the environment. There are a variety of specialist in Geology.
Program Length
Three-year track—for students without an undergraduate degree in geology. Students with a variety of majors (including science and some non-science majors) are encouraged to enter the M.S. degree in geology program. The three-year track courses are indicated in the table of program requirements and include: 22 units of undergraduate geology courses that are not part of the M.S. curriculum as well as M.S. degree curriculum courses in geology with a minimum of 56 quarter units, including 44 at or above the 500 level. Total for the three-year track is 78 quarter units. Advanced standing may be granted toward cognate requirements.
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Geology, BS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
BS
The Department of Earth and Biological Sciences offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in geology. This program provides the student with a field-oriented education, emphasizing the application of geological principles in interpreting data.
Possible Careers
A baccalaureate degree in geology prepares a student to enter graduate programs in geology or paleontology or health-related programs, or for employment in environmental and energy-related industries; or (with the necessary education courses) for teaching in secondary schools. Most employment opportunities in industry, research, or college teaching require a graduate degree.
Program Length
2 Years
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Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation, MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
The thesis or research Master of Science degree provides training for individuals who will become technicians involved in biomedical research in universities or in the biotechnology industry, and for medical technologists seeking specialized research training. The non-thesis Master of Science degree provides content appropriate for medical technologists preparing for the specialist in microbiology certification; for secondary teachers seeking advanced training in areas such as molecular biology, immunology, or microbiology; and for students seeking admission to professional schools, such as medicine or dentistry.
Possible Careers
Program Length
Two (2) years— based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted.
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Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
Students interested in careers in independent research, and teaching in a university, clinical, or biotechnology environment. Doctoral degree students are expected to develop creativity and independence in addition to technical skills.
Possible Careers
Program Length
Five (5) years; based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted
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Integrated Biomedical Graduate Studies, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
A four to five year program leading to the PhD degree in either Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology or Physiology.
Possible Careers
Biomedical scientists work in a variety of areas, including academia, government and industry.
Program Length
Four to five years
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Medical Scientist, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
A combined MD/PhD program designed for those interested in academic medicine and medical research.
Possible Careers
Graduates of MD/PhD programs pursue careers as physician-scientists who are involved in biomedical research as well as clinical practices. They often become faculty members at medical schools, universities and research institutes such as the NIH.
Program Length
Average 8 years
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Medicine, MD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MD
A four year program leading to the MD degree
Possible Careers
Physicians work in a variety of specialties and health care settings.
Program Length
Four years
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Natural Sciences, MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
The Natural Sciences Program leads to a non-thesis Master of Science degree. Students do a project instead of a thesis. This program is designed for the student who plans to teach at the secondary level or with other goals that do not include seeking a PhD degree.
Possible Careers
The goal is to prepare students for effective careers in teaching or government.
Program Length
2-5 Years
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Neuroscience, Systems Biology, and Bioengineering, MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
The thesis or research option for the Master of Science degree provides training for individuals who will become technicians involved in biomedical research in universities or in the biotechnology industry, and for medical technologists seeking specialized research training. The nonthesis Master of Science degree option provides content appropriate for; secondary school teachers seeking advanced training in areas such as neuroscience, systems biology, bioinformatics, medical imaging; and for students seeking admission to a professional school, such as medicine or dentistry.
Possible Careers
Program Length
Two (2) years; based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted
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Neuroscience, Systems Biology, and Bioengineering, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
Students prepare for a career in independent research and teaching in a university, clinical, or biotechnology environment. 
Possible Careers
Program Length
Five (5) years; based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted
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Pathologists' Assistant, MHS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MHS
Possible Careers
Pathologists' Assistant, University Instructor, Sales, Insurance
Program Length
Two years
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