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Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program ~ Curriculum

The first two years of study include the core curriculum listed below. In conjunction with course work in the first year, students rotate in 6-week blocks through 3 of the Program's participating research laboratories of the student's choice. This allows students to become more familiar with BMS research and faculty. Students should choose a Dissertation Advisor by the end of the second semester, but must choose a Dissertation Advisor by the end of the third semester. Students may choose to further specify their study by choosing an Area of Research Emphasis. Choosing a mentor within an area of research emphasis may add further requirements above and beyond the requirements set out by the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

First Year

Fall

BMSP 6070

Cell Biology 3 credits

GBCH 6010

Biochemistry 4 credits

BMSP 7140

Seminar 1 credits

BMSP 7120

Research Methods 4 credits
(2 for course, 2 for rotation)

BMSP 7100

Workshop 1 credits
  TOTAL 13 credits

 

Spring

GBCH 7250

Biostatistics 2 credits

EPID 7810

Human Molecular Genetics 3 credits

BMSP 7770

Systems Biology 3 credits

BMSP 7150

Seminar 1 credit
 

BMSP 7130

Research Methods 4 credits
(2 rotations)
BMSP 7110 Workshop 1 credit
  TOTAL 14 credits

 

Second Year

Fall

BMSP 7140

Seminar 1 credit

BMSP 7100 or
another mentor focused workshop course

Workshop 1 credit

 

Spring

BMSP 7150

Seminar 1 credit

BMSP 7110 or
another mentor focused workshop course

Workshop 1 credit

Plus - At least 6 credit hours of didactic course work and 11 credit hours of Independent study/Research/Special Topics

A minimum of 48 credit hours of course work and research is required. All formal course work is to be completed within the first two years. Students may take Independent study (BMSP 799 or equivalent) for 1-6 credits per semester for a maximum  of 12 credits total during the first two years. The remaining hours of coursework are selected from the elective curriculum by the student in consultation with their advisor. Students wishing any deviation from the core curriculum must submit their request in writing the Steering Committee for approval.

Note: A minimum of nine credit hours per semester is required in order to maintain full-time status and eligibility for tuition waiver and stipend support.