The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Plan B, Reproductive Technology Specialization is a one-year, non-thesis study of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), culminating in writing a scholarly paper based on a research project or reproductive topic and the completion of an internship. It provides students with in-depth laboratory training in in vitro embryo production based on a bovine model, including techniques such as in vitro fertilization, embryo and semen cryopreservation and vitrification, embryo biopsy and micromanipulation, and basic maintenance of an assisted reproduction laboratory and all associated equipment. The curriculum prepares students for careers in applied reproduction, especially careers in human or bovine embryology, as well as application to professional or graduate school.  Visit the Department of Biomedical Sciences for more information.

Effective Fall 2021

Core Courses
BMS 521Comparative Reproductive Physiology3
BMS 540Assisted Reproductive Technologies Lab I3
BMS 541Assisted Reproductive Technologies Lab II3
BMS 642Research Techniques for Gametes and Embryos1
BMS 792CSeminar: Reproductive Physiology1
BMS 795EIndependent Study: Reproductive Physiology 1, 23-4
Select one course from the following:3-4
Human and Animal Reproductive Biology
Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology
Select one course from the following:4
Mammalian Physiology I
Mammalian Physiology II
Select one course from the following:1
Managing a Career in Science: Survival Skills for Coursework (M.S.)
Ethical Conduct of Research
Selected Courses
Select 6-8 credits from the following: (No more than 4 credits at the 300- or 400-level will count toward the master’s degree) 36-8
Bovine Reproduction Management
Molecular Genetics
Mammalian Physiology II
Mechanisms of Hormone Action
Metabolic Endocrinology
Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology
Human Heredity and Birth Defects
Science and Ethics
Managing Human-Wildlife Conflicts
Conservation and Management of Large Mammals
Conservation Biology
Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I
Infertility and Genital Disease
Required Scholarly Paper 2
Program Total Credits30

 A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program.


Students must undertake an extensive laboratory project or internship working with oocyte culture IVF, embryo development, or cryopreservation.


Students must complete a scholarly paper detailing their extensive laboratory project or internship BMS 795E.  


Select additional courses with advisor approval.