Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

Degree Requirements

Each year’s MAMS curriculum is generally drawn from the following list. However new courses are added on a routine basis. Please see the Class Schedule for the MAMS classes listed each year.


400-Level Courses

This course consists of an experimental approach to advanced topics in eukaryotic molecular genetics and human genetics.

This course covers topics relevant to cellular structure and function. Selected topics include, cell signaling, cell adhesion, membrane function, cell motility and cytoskeletal function.. The cellular basis for some human syndromes and diseases will also be covered.

This course provides an examination of the fabric of the human organism from a physiological perspective. Systems relating to communication and integration will be emphasized in the first semester. In the second semester, integration will be applied to the control of cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, digestive and reproductive systems.

This course focuses on the foundations, principles, and concepts of biochemistry, including the structure and function of proteins, enzymatic mechanisms, and metabolic pathways that sustain life.

Introduction to immune cells and tissues, development of the lymphocyte receptors, Innate immunity, adaptive immunity, mucosal immunity, and subjects in immunological malfunction and manipulation of the immune system.

In Advanced Biophysics, students will gain an appreciation of the underlying physical processes of biological systems. Specifically, students will apply these concepts through clinical cases examining human biology supplemented by corresponding peer-reviewed literature. Topics to be covered will include kinetics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, electric potential, waves, optics, radiation, and medical imaging among others.

Writing for the Medical Professions

Medical Lit & Ethics


To receive the MA in Medical Sciences degree, students must complete 30 course credit hours.   

All classes in the Master of Arts in Medical Sciences Program are graduate-level classes designed to replicate an M1 medical school curriculum.  Critical thinking skill development is emphasized as well as acquisition of content relevant to medicine.  MAMS students routinely see large increases in their MCAT scores after the program as a result of their improved problem-solving skills.