The Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences (M.A.) degree is a full-time, three-quarter, graduate level, coursework only program. This program is designed to help students with a bachelor's degree, preferably with a major in the sciences, improve their academic foundation in the biomedical sciences and enhance their credentials for admission into medical school or other health professional program. All students take a total of 45 quarter hour credits: 42 required core credits and 3 elective credits. Core courses include: Biochemistry I & II, Human Anatomy (with lab), Human Physiology I & II, Pathophysiology, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Immunology, Pharmacology I, II & III, Neuroscience, Healthcare Issues and Professional Development. The elective credits, offered in a variety of disciplines, include other biomedical science courses and professional preparation courses e.g. Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Medical Spanish, Fundamentals of Research, etc. These electives improve critical thinking and enhance the student's preparation for professional school applications. The maximum allotted time for completion of the program is two years.