Biomedical Sciences


Program Information:

Program Statement:
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Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Area(s) of Specialization: (may appear on ISU transcripts after graduation)
  • Anatomy (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Cell Biology (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Pharmacology (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Physiology (M.S., Ph.D.)
Learning Goals:
  • Demonstrate knowldege of anatomical structures, their functions and their regional and systemic relationshiops with one another.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of physiological systems, their regulation and, the fuctional units of organs and their microscopic anatomy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacological principles, classes of therapeutic molecules and how they regulate cellular processes.
  • Demonstrate knowldege of subcellular components, their cellular function and their role in disease processes.
  • Form testable hypothesis and articulate research objectives that further scientific knowledge in the field.
  • Clearly and accurately communicate research findings orally and in writing.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 5.8 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 0.8 year (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Casey Smith
Phone: 515-294-2440
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Graduate Program Coordinator
    Biomedical Sciences
    2008 College of Vet Med
    1800 Christensen Drive
    Ames, IA 50011-1250

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    Applications for the 1-year MS program are accepted on a rolling basis, with no strict application deadline. February 1 for full consideration for MS/PhD fall assistantships. Applications accepted year round if funding is available.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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