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The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers six programs at three different campuses. Click on the tabs below to find out more about where are programs are and the three cities they are located.
|Biomedical Sciences MS - Graduate Medical Sciences Concentration||Lubbock|
|Biomedical Sciences PhD||Lubbock|
|Biotechnology MS||Abilene, Lubbock|
|Pharmaceutical Sciences MS, PhD||Amarillo|
|Public Health MPH and Certificate||Abilene, Lubbock, Online|
Abilene, a thriving Texas city perched on the sun-drenched Panhandle Plains, is in the northeast corner of Taylor County. It is situated 1,708 feet above sea level on generally flat terrain which allows for four rather modest seasons. Abilene owes its genesis to the Texas and Pacific railroad and a group of ranchers and land speculators and is now home to a thriving arts and culture scene as well as an influx of fresh ideas that come with students attending the several local colleges, including TTUHSC. However, the Western spirit is alive and kicking in this mid-sized town, as herds of roaming buffalo and a plethora of cattle ranches can be found along with coyotes, cowboys, and four-wheel drive trucks. The big-sky and wide plains extend out in every direction. Area parks and lakes make for enjoyable boating, biking and hiking. The town boasts a low crime rate, low cost of living and mild-climate. It's friendly nature is renown, but if big city shopping is a must, you are only ~2 hrs from the Fort Worth/Dallas area.
- Find adventure at Frontier Texas!
- Feed the giraffes at the Abilene Zoo
- Bite into a juicy rib-eye steak
- Be amazed at The Grace Museum
- Catch a star at the Paramount Theatre
- Step back into time at Buffalo Gap Historic Village
- See artists in action at The Center for Contemporary Arts
- Book time for the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature
- Review WWII at the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum
- Shop, shop, shop till you drop
Amarillo is the 14th-most populous city in the state of Texas. It is also the largest city in the Texas Panhandle, and the seat of Potter County. The estimated population was 279,200 as of 2018.
Amarillo, originally named Oneida, is situated in the Llano Estacado region. The availability of the railroad and freight service provided by the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad contributed to the city's growth as a cattle-marketing center in the late 19th century.
The city was once the self-proclaimed "Helium Capital of the World" for having one of the country's most productive helium fields. The city is also known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas" (as the city takes its name from the Spanish word for yellow), and most recently "Rotor City, USA" for its V-22 Osprey hybrid aircraft assembly plant, as well as "Bomb City". Amarillo operates one of the largest meat-packing areas in the United States. Pantex, the only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility in the country, is also a major employer. The location of this facility also gave rise to the nickname Bomb City. Located adjacent to Interstate 40; U.S. Highway 66 also passed through Amarillo.
- Is it true that it's always cold and that the wind blows constantly?
- Our area of Texas does have four seasons. However, our winters are overrated and our summers underrated. Yes, it does snow occasionally, but it usually melts within a few days. In the summer temperatures climb into the 90s but the evenings are cool and comfortable. Overall our city receives 270 days of sunshine per year.
- What is the population of Amarillo
- Amarillo is located in 2 counties, Potter and Randall. According to Census 2010, the MSA population is 241,802 and the population within the city limits is 190,695.
- Isn't it difficult to get to Amarillo?
- Not at all. Amarillo is located on Interstate 40, one of the nation's busiest east-west highways. Non-stop flights leave Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport for Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport and Houston Intercontinental Airport, both of which offer connections around the country and the world. Other non-stop flights go to Denver and Las Vegas.
- Is Palo Duro Canyon State Park open all year and what is there to do in the canyon?
- Yes, the park, campsites and RV hook-ups are available all year. However, some outdoor activities, such as horseback riding may be curtailed in the winter. Better yet, the canyon is accessible via paved road by car or RV. Reservations are recommended. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Activities include camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and rock climbing. This is also the home of the musical outdoor drama TEXAS, performed Tuesday through Sunday in the summer in the Pioneer Amphitheater. The production cast and crew relies heavily on college students.
- How far is Palo Duro Canyon State Park from Amarillo?
- 30 miles south of Amarillo via Interstate 27 and Texas Highway 217.
- What does Palo Duro mean?
- Palo Duro is Spanish for "hard wood" and refers to the Juniper and Mesquite trees prevalent in the canyons of the area. The name is attributed to the Spanish conquistadors traveling through the Plains in the late 1500s.
- When is rush hour?
- There is no rush hour in Amarillo. Traffic throughout the city moves easily each day.
- What's the elevation of Amarillo?
- It varies between the highest point of 3,725 ft. on the west side of town down to about 3,575 ft. on the east side.
- Why the city was named Amarillo?
- Amarillo means yellow in Spanish. The name was probably chosen because of the color of the soil in nearby Amarillo Creek and the many yellow wildflowers here. In the early days, most houses were painted yellow in honor of the city's name.
Top things to do in Amarillo
- Palo Duro Canyon State Park
- Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
- Outdoor Musical Drama - TEXAS
- Wonderland Amusement Park
- Historic Route 66
- American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum
- Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian
- Amarillo Botanical Gardens
- Globe News Center for the Performing Arts
- Amarillo Zoo
- Jack Sizemore Traveland RV Museum
- Cadillac Ranch
- Don Harrington Discovery Center
- Texas Air & Space Museum
- Bill's Backyard Classics
Lubbock History and Information
Lubbock, Texas is located in the heart of the high plains of West Texas (elevation ~3,300 feet). Located only 80 miles east of New Mexico and 120 miles south of Amarillo, this canyon-pocked mesa was first discovered in 1540 by the Spanish explorer Francisco Vázquez de Coronado during his quest for the "City of Gold." It was the Spanish who named most of the major geographic features of the area, including Cañon Casas Amarillas (Yellow House Canyon), Cañon de Rescate (Ransom Canyon), and Llano Estacado (Staked Plains). Prior to late 1800's, the Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, and Cheyenne Nations dominated this region where they roamed the high plains living off the large populations of buffalo, antelope, wolves, and coyotes. Indeed, the Lubbock Lake Landmark State Historical Park houses an active archeological site that has uncovered the remains of an ancient Native American civilization dating back more than 12,000 years. The city of Lubbock was named after Tom S. Lubbock who was a Texas Ranger and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. The city began as two smaller towns named "Old Lubbock" and "Monterey" which were consolidated in 1890 to establish the town of Lubbock. As agriculture continued to grow within the region and as the railroads continued to expand, Lubbock became the marketing center of the region and earned the nick-name "Hub of the Plains".
In 1923, the citizens of Lubbock were successful in their bid to the state to establish a new college, called Texas Technological College (now called Texas Tech University). The college opened its doors in 1925 with 1,379 students. In 1976, Texas Tech University underwent a major expansion with the establishment of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center which is now a world-renowned medical school. Known as the "Music Crossroads of West Texas," Lubbock has produced many musical legends, including Lubbock's son, Buddy Holly, who attracted followers and inspired musicians all around the world. Other well-known Lubbock musicians include Mac Davis, Waylon Jennings, Delbert McClinton, the Dixie Chicks, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Tanya Tucker, Lloyd Maines, Terry Allen, Butch Hancock, The Maines Brothers, and Bob Wills. Thousands of visitors come to Lubbock every year to experience the great music, shopping, fine arts, performing arts, unique dining, Big XII sports, and entertainment. The population of greater Lubbock has continued to grow over the past five decades and is currently home to more than 300,000 people.
The Texas Tech University System (TTUS) is based in Lubbock and consists of Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Angelo State University. With an annual operating budget of $1.4 billion, the TTUS educates approximately 43,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional students as well as employs more than 18,000 faculty and staff. Collectively, the TTUS contributes more than $2.6 billion in economic impact. The oldest and largest TTUS campus is Texas Tech University (TTU) which is located in Lubbock and home to almost 40,000 undergraduate, graduate and health sciences students. TTU occupies almost 1,900 acres making it the second largest contiguous campus in the United States. TTU is the only university in Texas to house an undergraduate and graduate university, law school, and medical school all at the same location.
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) offers programs in Health Professions, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health. The oldest TTUHSC campus is in Lubbock, but major campuses are also located in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas, El Paso and the Permian Basin. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are charter members of the Big 12 Conference and compete in Division I for all varsity sports. Lubbock’s climate is semi-arid in nature (low humidity; mild temperatures) with roughly 277 days of sunshine per year. Lubbock and the surrounding community is home to more than 300,000 residents. In addition to Lubbock campus, TTU has campuses in Abilene, Fredericksburg, Highland Lakes and Junction. Angelo State University (ASU) is located in San Angelo and provides undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines to more than 7,000 students in San Angelo.
The Lubbock community has a wide selection of reasonably priced apartments, duplex housing and rental homes including some within walking distance to the University and Health Sciences Center.
Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport provides nonstop service to all of the major airports that serve as hubs for Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and United Airlines including Denver, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston.
Lubbock is the cultural center of West Texas featuring a variety of art galleries, museums and performing arts including dance, ballet, symphony and theater. Some these attractions are listed below:
- Museum of Texas Tech University
- The museum houses collections in the arts, humanities, and the sciences numbering nearly 2 million objects and consists of several components, including the Moody Planetarium & Natural Science Research Laboratory.
- Southwest Collection (at Texas Tech University)
- Features an amazing collection of books, magazine, journals, photographs, and manuscripts that record the history of our region. Also home to the Vietnam Archives.
- Lubbock Regional Arts Center
- See ever changing exhibits of regional contemporary art and Lubbock Community Theater showcases. Features and supports the works of all creative artists - visual, performing, cultural, literary and others. Facilities include a studio, theatre, & lobby all geared for intensive arts use.
- Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center
- A multi-use facility built to house non-profit organizations having to do with artistic, cultural, or educational endeavors. Gallery exists and functions to serve local artists and organizations with the purpose of promoting an active continuing interest in the arts.
- Lubbock Lake National Historic and State Archeological Landmark (also known as Lubbock
- Houses an active archeological site that has uncovered the remains of an ancient Native American civilization dating back more than 12,000 years.
- Buddy Holly Center
- The Center collects, preserves, and interprets artifacts relevant to Lubbock's most famous native son, Buddy Holly, as well as to other performing artists and musicians of West Texas.
- Ranching Heritage Center
- An outdoor museum in Lubbock, Texas, established to preserve the history of ranching, pioneer life and the development of the livestock industry in North America. More than 35 authentic furnished ranch buildings and structures have been relocated to show the evolution of ranch life from the late 1780's through the 1930's.
- Science Spectrum Museum
- With over 200 interactive exhibits, an Omnimax Theatre, live animals, live demonstrations, a dedicated area for younger children, fun shops, and traveling exhibits, it's easy to experience the science of fun! The Science Spectrum is a hands-on science and technology center where all ages can see exciting demonstrations, interact with stimulating hands-on exhibits, and participate in the wonder of education at their own pace.
- Silent Wings Museum
- The Silent Wings Museum is dedicated to the history of the American military glider program.
- Texas Air Museum
- Features World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam era displays, as well as static aircraft and other vehicles.
- Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum
- A scientific and educational institution dedicated to a correct interpretation of Earth history and fossil remains. Includes a gift shop and houses the Mt. Blanco Art Museum.
- American Wind Power Center
- Conceived as the most comprehensive collection of historic windmills in the world. The Center tells the story of how the windmill, more than any other invention, helped to settle the West.
- Civic Center Theater
- Symphony, musicals, and special performances throughout the year.
- Lubbock Community Theater
- Features a wide variety of live theater productions.
- Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
- Outstanding symphony, Pops, Holiday and special concerts.
- Ballet Lubbock
- Special performances throughout the year.
- City Bank Auditorium
- Home of Broadway musicals and other special performances.
- United Spirit Arena
- Home of the Texas Tech men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as venue for national and international sports and musical acts.
- City Bank Coliseum
- Home of Hockey, Rodeo, circus, concerts, and performances
- Charles E. Maedgen, Jr. Theater
- A wealth of well-known and emerging theatrical productions on the Texas Tech campus
- Hemmle Recital Hall
- World class performance hall on the Texas Tech campus
- Allen Theater
- Special performances throughout the year. Located in the University Center on the Texas Tech Campus.
- Buddy Holly Center
- Live music year round.
- Cactus Theater
- Restored theater features music shows, concerts and weekly performances.
- CATS Playhouse
- Local venue features up and coming talent and young people.
- Texas Tech University
- The biggest sport ticket in town; the Red Raiders are members of the Big XII Conference making Lubbock the place to be for watching nationally-ranked college football, basketball, baseball, soccer and many others.
- Depot Entertainment District
- The Depot Entertainment District is the heartbeat of nightlife in downtown Lubbock. A collection of historical buildings along and near Buddy Holly Avenue, the Depot Entertainment District features live music, stage shows, sports and cigar bars, and upbeat restaurants and shops.
- Annual National Cowboy Symposium
- Cowboy culture runs deep in Lubbock. Join this exciting festival where cowboy poets, musicians, storytellers, artists, chuck wagon cooks, cowboys and more gather to celebrate and preserve our Western heritage and cowboy culture for those who know and love it, and to introduce new audiences to the heritage and culture so they may embrace it as well.
- Moody Planetarium
- Located on the campus of Texas Tech, and part of the Museum of Texas Tech University, the Moody Planetarium is the longest-serving planetarium in Texas. The planetarium domed is equipped with an A4 Spitz Starball projector and features a 30-foot dome screen with seating for 80.
- Mackenzie Park
- At 248 acres, Mackenzie Park is Lubbock's largest recreation area and features a wide variety of fun for all ages including Meadowbrook Golf Course, disc golf course, Joyland Amusement Park, Prairie Dog Town, equestrian trails and more.
- Joyland Amusement Park
- Offers great rides and attractions – over 30 in all – ranging from a log ride, water coaster, and roller coasters to junior rides and family classics such as the colorful carousel.
- Llano Estacado Winery
- Known as Texas' most award-winning winery. Most of the world-class grapes used by the winery are grown within a 100-mile radius of Lubbock.
- Cap*Rock Winery
- The beautiful architecture makes Cap*Rock a favorite place for special events and gatherings.
- La Diosa Cellars
- The eclectic atmosphere has a wonderful flow with the cultural decorations and bistro menu.
- McPherson Cellars Winery
- Experience the welcoming beauty of the winery's tasting room, outdoor courtyard and spacious event center.
- Pheasant Ridge Winery
- A family-owned, self-contained winery and vineyard that has a long and dedicated tradition of producing fine, state-grown wines.
- McPherson Cellars Winery
Outdoor Sports & Recreation
- Buffalo Springs Lake
- The entire family can enjoy fishing, water-skiing, hiking, picnic and camping areas, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, a marina and a beach area.
- Lake Alan Henry
- Built by the City of Lubbock, Lake Alan Henry provides an outstanding recreational area for people to enjoy fishing, skiing, hunting and other outdoor activities.
- Palo Duro Canyon State Park
- A mere 90 minute drive north of Lubbock will take you to this majestic and awe-inspiring canyon which is 120 miles long, 20 miles wide, and a maximum depth of more than 800 feet. Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States and is note for its outstanding hiking, birding, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding.
- Caprock Canyon State Park
- Located to the northeast of Lubbock, this canyon area is the official home of the Texas buffalo. In September 2011, 80 descendants of the great southern plains bison herd were released to roam 700 acres of grasslands in the park. The park offers a number of outdoor activities including hiking, wildlife watching, horseback riding, mountain-biking, boating, fishing and swimming.
- Ruidoso, New Mexico
- Lubbock’s “home away from home” high in the Rocky Mountains of southeastern New Mexico. Towering above the Village of Ruidoso is Sierra Blanca at 12,000 feet above sea level and the New Mexico ski resort, Ski Apache. Only a 3.5 hr drive west of Lubbock, Ruidoso offers a wealth of outdoor and recreational activities any time of the year.