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PSM Degree in Biomedical Sciences

Come visit and learn about the Professional Science Master's program in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Denver. To set up a visit, contact Dr. Nancy Lorenzon at [email protected]

Natural Sciences & Mathematics

PSM Degree in Biomedical Sciences/Curriculum


Total of 45 credit hours and successful completion of the capstone project including a written and public oral presentation of the project. Each individual student's curriculum must contain at least 50% STEM content. The program director will meet individually with students to create and approve an individual plan of study. 

Fall Quarter (14-16 credits total)

BIOL 4085 Accelerated Biostatistics                     (2 credits)

BIOL 4212 Advanced Molecular Biology               (3 credits)

BIOL 4310 Foundations in Literature                   (2 credits)

BIOL 4870 Medical Ethics                                   (4 credits)

BIOL 4991 Independent Research- Capstone       (1 credit)

Elective course(s)                                              (2-5 credit hours)

Winter Interterm
Capstone Project Proposal Development
Winter (14-16 credits total)

BIOL 4211 Advanced Cell Biology*                       (3 credits)

BIOL 4231 Responsible Conduct in Research        (1 credit)

BIOL 4310 Foundations in Literature                   (2 credits)

BIOL 4995 Independent Research- Capstone        (2 credits)

Elective course(s)                                              (6-8 credit hours)

*Students can choose between BIOL4211 and 4213 to fulfill the core requirements (students can enroll in the additional course as an elective).

Spring (14-16 credits total)

BIOL 4213 Advanced Cell Signaling*                     (3 credits)

BIOL 4155 Leadership in the Sciences                  (1 credit)

BIOL 4880 Capstone in Biomedical Sciences         (4 credits)

Elective course(s)                                              (9-11 credit hours)

*Students can choose between BIOL4211 and 4213 to fulfill the core requirements (students can enroll in the additional course as an elective).


Additional suggested elective courses:

Electives can be chosen from the approved list of existing elective courses (see next page) in consultation with the Program Director. Additional upper level (3000- or 4000-level) elective courses will be considered with approval of the Program Director. 

Elective Courses

Natural Sciences

BIOL 3025 Science and the Law (2 credits)
BIOL 3100 Histology (4 credits)
BIOL 3110 Exercise Physiology (4 credits)
BIOL 3120 General Microbiology (4 credits)
BIOL 3145 Cellular and Molecular Biology of Cancer (4 credits)
BIOL 3160 Biophysics: Ion channels & Disease (4 credits)
BIOL 3260 Nutrition (3 credits)
BIOL 3250 Human Physiology (5 credits)
BIOL 3410 Animal Behavior (4 credits)
BIOL 3560 Molecular Biology Lab (4 credits)
BIOL 3570 Proteins in Biological Membranes (4 credits)
BIOL 3610 Developmental Biology (4 credits)
BIOL 3630 Cell Biology of Development (4 credits)
BIOL 3640 Introductory Neurobiology (4 credits)
BIOL 3641 Systems Neuroscience (4 credits)
BIOL 3642 Neuropharmacology (4 credits)
BIOL 3644 Neuromuscular Pathophysiology (4 credits)
BIOL 3650 Endocrinology (4 credits)
BIOL 3670 Molecular Immunology (4 credits)
BIOL3700 Topics in Ecology (4 credits)
BIOL 3704 Neuroscience of Motion (4 credits)
BIOL 3704 Blood Vessel Development and Disease (4 credits)
BIOL 3704 Cellular Aspects of Diabetes & Obesity (4 credits)
BIOL 3704 Molecular Biology of Viruses (4 credits)
BIOL 3800 Human Molecular Biology (4 credits)
BIOL 3910 Viruses and Infectious Human Diseases (4 credits)
BIOL 3920 Forensic Pathology (2 credits)
BIOL 4211 Advanced Cell Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 4213 Advanced Cell Signaling (3 credits)
CHEM 3130 Chemical Systems III (Biochemistry) (3 credits)
CHEM 3811 Biochemistry/ Proteins (3 credits)
CHEM 3812 Biochemistry/ Membranes and Metabolism (3 credits)
CHEM 3813 Biochemistry/ Nucleic Acids (3 credits)
CHEM 3820 Biochemistry Lab (3 credits)
CHEM 3831 Adv Protein Biochemistry (3 credits)
GEOG 3470 GIS & Environmental Health Geography (3 credits)

Global Health

INTS 4056 - Information Management in Human Crises (5 credits)
INTS 4362 Gender and Health (5 credits)
INTS 4367 Global Health Affairs: Theory & Practice (5 credits)
INTS 4368 HIV/AIDS in International Affairs (5 credits)
INTS 4377 Reproductive Health (5 credits)
INTS 4423 Introduction to Epidemiology (5 credits)
INTS 4435 Health and Development (5 credits)
INTS 4465 Population, Society and Development (5 credits)
INTS 4483 Practical Applications in Global Health (5 credits)
INTS 4492 Health and Humanitarian Aid (5 credits)
INTS 4516 Major Diseases in Global Health: From Pathophysiology to Action (5 credits)
INTS 4576 Seminar in Community-Based Research (5 credits)

Social Sciences

CNP 4707 Introduction to Integrated Health (3 credits)
COMN 4020 Relational Communication (5 credits)
COMN 4110 Theories of Interpersonal Communication (5 credits)
COMN 4701 Dark Side of Relationships
COMN 4701 Work/Family Balance
COMN 4701 Communication and Privacy
COMN 4701 Communication Ethics
PSYC 4002 Proseminar in Human Memory and Cognition (5 credits)
PSYC 4011 Proseminar in Emotion (5 credits)
PSYC 4021 Proseminar in Social Psychology (5 credits)
PSYC 4031 Developmental Proseminar: Cognition & Perception (5 credits)
PSYC 4033 Developmental Proseminar: Biological (5 credits)
PSYC 4085 Stress & Health (5 credits)
PSYC 4254 Intro to Neural Network Models (5 credits)
PSYC 4255 Imaging the Mind (5 credits)
PSYC 4256 Seminar: Cognitive Neuroscience (5 credits)
PSYC 4258 Social Neuroscience (5 credits)
PSYC 4262 Affective Neuroscience (5 credits)
PSYC 4511 Proseminar in Psychopathology (5 credits)
PSYC 4525 Proseminar in Developmental Neuropsychology (5 credits)
PSYC 4526 Proseminar in Cognitive Neuroscience (5 credits)


ACTG 4610 Financial Accounting and Reporting (4 credits)
FIN 4630 Managerial Finance (4 credits)
MGMT 4620 Organizational Dynamics (4 credits)
MGMT 4630 Strategic Human Resources Management (4 credits)
MKTG 4100 Marketing Concepts (4 credits)
INFO 4100 Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Corporate Decision Making and Leadership (4 credits)
INFO 4280 Project Management (4 credits)


ENBI 4500 Biofluids (4 credits)
ENBI 4510 Biomechanics (4 credits)
ENBI 4520 Introduction to Cardiovascular Engineering (4 credits)
ENBI 4800 Advanced Topics: Computational Biomechanics (4 credits)

Public Policy

PPOL 4100 American Public Policy System
PPOL 4400 Analytical and Critical Skills (4 credits)
PPOL 4501 Great Issues Forum (2 credits)
PPOL 4700 Public Management and Budgeting (4 credits)
PPOL 4600 Regulatory Policy and Process (4 credits)
- Additional electives that are not listed may be taken for credit, if supportive of the PSM degree and your future career interests AND approved by the PSM Director.


capstone experience

The capstone experience will include a 9-12 month internship project and scholarly presentation of that project. The capstone is designed to complement the student's past experiences and prepare them for their future career endeavors. The Program Director will identify a professional whose work aligns with the student's interests, and the student will work with the capstone mentor to identify the specific project topic. Students will explore and research current knowledge in the field and develop potential solutions to the issue or concern outlined in their project proposal. The student will maintain a weekly log of their capstone project activities, questions/difficulties, planning and self-reflection. The capstone experience will conclude by the student presenting their findings in a formal scholarly work that reflects the topic of current interest in the biomedical and healthcare industries, and integrates scientific knowledge with strong professional skills.

The capstone project will fulfill several specified criteria and guidelines as determined and outline by the Program Director and Advisory Board. The capstone project is designed in consultation with the mentor and program director and approved by the student's graduate committee. The project should be an individual project that can be completed in approximately a 9-month period. The expectation is that the capstone project be novel and appropriate for public presentation. The project could be administrative, clinical, programmatic, or research focused, and could concentrate on a component of the process or entire project in order to provide a more valuable, in-depth educational experience. The goals for the capstone experience are that in completing the capstone project, the student will (1) gain mastery in the biomedical field by critiquing current research literature related to a specific problem or scientific question, (2) gain advanced disciplinary knowledge and professional skills by applying the appropriate modes of inquiry, research and professional skills to examine and solve a current specific problem or concern in the field of biomedical sciences, (3) integrate information across relevant disciplines in order to solve complex problems, and (4) compose an original scholarly presentation (both written and oral) that reflects the integration of science with strong professional skills. The degree requires a written paper, public seminar, and oral defense of the capstone project.

Recent Capstone Projects