About our School

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) provides opportunities for students to develop their interests and prepare a base of knowledge and experience to pursue successful careers in biomedical research and education.

The GSBS opened its doors as an expansion of the TTUHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and seated the first class of master’s students at the El Paso regional GSBS campus in the fall of 2013. In August 2014, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) officially acknowledged the creation of a freestanding, independent Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences at TTUHSC El Paso. In January 2016, the THECB officially approved the addition of the Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Sciences to the TTUHSC El Paso degree program inventory.

The mission of the TTUHSC El Paso GSBS is to educate the next generation of scientists and health-related professionals by providing a dynamic research environment oriented to satisfy the learning needs of a multicultural group of students by fostering creativity and discovery.                                                           

The M.S. in Biomedical Sciences program provides foundational coursework in the areas of biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics, in addition to elective courses that explore specialized topics, recent advances, and current literature within the field. Instruction in these areas is provided by expert researchers and educators affiliated with the GSBS and the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM).

The diverse laboratory environments, as well as access to the newest technological equipment and research techniques, help to emphasize the superior and competitive training environment within the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Furthermore, students are expected to engage in a mentored research project, as well as publication(s) for prominent peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The Department of Biomedical Sciences is organized into four Centers of Emphasis (cancer research, diabetes and metabolism, infectious disease, and neuroscience) exploring the dynamics of cancer cell biology, HIV, West Nile Virus, influenza, nanomedicine, population genetics of psychiatric disorders, degenerative neurological diseases, and genetics of the special senses.

The GSBS offers the following:

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences: The M.S. in Biomedical Sciences is a two-year graduate degree program. The first year of study provides foundational coursework in the biomedical sciences. During the second year, students are exposed to research experiences in a broad range of laboratories.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program: To earn a post-baccalaureate certificate, students complete a biomedical studies core curriculum. Successful completion of the post-baccalaureate program ensures students who have also fulfilled requirements for admission to medical school an opportunity to interview for admission at the TTUHSC El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.