Example Degree Plans

Most students choose to complete the program in two terms, though a three-term format is also available.

Consult the Main Campus Academic Calendar for add/drop deadlines, exams, holidays and other important dates. GeorgeSquared students should refer to the G² Academic Calendar, which differs from the main calendar.

Two-Term Plan

Students applying to medical, dental or other programs while in this program are encouraged to follow a two-term degree plan.

Fall

Course NameCredit(s)
PBIO 534-01 Cellular and Molecular Physio4
PBIO 504-01 Biostatistics3
PBIO 501-01 Physiology5
PBIO 602-02 Biomedical Career Pathways – only required for students applying to medical school; counts as elective credit1
Elective2
15 Credits

Spring

Course NameCredit(s)
PBIO 568-03 Pathophysiology3
PBIO 907-01 Physiology Research Paper2
PBIO 569-01 Neurophysiology3
Electives7
15 Credits

Three-Term Plan

Students following the three-term degree plan (August-August) elect to delay one elective course and one spring core course until the summer.

Full-time tuition is capped at the 12-credit level in the fall and spring, and summer tuition is charged per credit hour, so the two-term plan (two full-time semesters) is less expensive than the three-term plan (two full-time semesters plus 5+ credits in the summer).

Other variations of three-term plan are also possible; contact the program coordinator to discuss.

Fall

Course NameCredit(s)
PBIO 534-01 Cellular and Molecular Physio4
PBIO 504-01 Biostatistics3
PBIO 501-01 Physiology5
PBIO 602-01 Biomedical Career Pathways – only required for students applying to medical school; counts as elective credit1
13 Credits

Spring

Course NameCredit(s)
PBIO 568-03 Pathophysiology3
PBIO 907-01 Physiology Research Paper2
Electives7
12 Credits

Summer

Course NameCredit(s)
PBIO 569-01 Neurophysiology3
Elective2
5 Credits

GeorgeSquared Plans

Students entering the MS program with a G² ABS Certificate from our partnership program with George Mason University need to complete 8 to 10 credits of coursework to earn the M.S. in Physiology. Students generally complete the degree in one term (spring or summer) or in two terms (fall and spring), though other term arrangements can be made by request.

GeorgeSquared Summer Entry

ABS students entering the M.S. program the summer will typically complete the program as full-time students in one summer semester (June-August). Biomedical graduate students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours during summer are considered full-time; all biomedical graduate students enrolled in summer courses pay per credit hour.

*Students who completed an elective in the ABS program and transferred more than 20 credits from the ABS program should not register for elective credits. These students should only register for the 8 credits of required courses to complete their M.S.
Course NameCredit(s)
PBIO 603 Pathophysiology3
PBIO 569 Neurophysiology3
PBIO 907 Physiology Research Paper2
Elective (Nutrition)*2
10 Credits

GeorgeSquared Fall Entry

G² ABS graduates entering the M.S. program in the fall typically complete the program as part-time students over two academic terms, fall and spring (August-May). Tuition is charged per credit hour.

Fall

Note: A graduate student must be registered for at least 4.5 credits to qualify for federal financial aid.
Course NameCredit(s)
PBIO 907 Physiology Research Paper2
Elective – if not taken during the ABS program2
4 Credits

Spring

Course NameCredit(s)
PBIO 568 Pathophysiology3
PBIO 569 Neurophysiology3
6 Credits

GeorgeSquared Spring Entry

G² ABS graduates entering the M.S. program in the spring typically complete the program as part-time students in one academic term – “spring only” (January-May). Tuition is charged per credit hour.

*Students who completed an elective in the ABS program and transferred more than 20 credits from the ABS program should not register for elective credits. These students should only register for the 8 credits of required courses to complete their M.S.
Course NameCredit(s)
PBIO 568 Pathophysiology3
PBIO 569 Neurophysiology3
PBIO 907 Physiology Research Paper2
Elective*2
10 Credits

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