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 diseases, and neuroscience — collectively exploring the dynamics of cancer cell biology, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), West Nile virus, influenza, nanomedicine, population genetics of psychiatric disorders, degenerative neurological diseases, and genetics of the special senses.


Expected Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes for graduates of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are described below:

Biomedical Concepts and Theories

Students will be able to comprehend basic concepts and theories in the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, laboratory methodologies, genes and function, and biomedical research in relation to human physiology and diseases.

Written and Verbal Communication

Students will be able to express and discuss effectively with peers and professors through oral presentations and written discourse.

Independent Research

Students will be able to plan, organize, conduct, and analyze biomedical research with direction from principal investigator.

Critical Thinking

Students will be able to recall, explain, integrate, and apply key concepts related to the fields of cancer research, infectious diseases, neurosciences, and diabetes & metabolism.

Ethical Behavior

Students will be able to identify, analyze, relate, and address the regulatory environment as well as the normative ethics of conducting biomedical research.

Analytical Thinking

Students will be able to display their understanding of analyzing and presenting data in order to design experiments and present genetic data analysis and basic biostatistics


GSBS Offerings

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 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.