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Coursework Schedule

First Year

Fall:

  • BMED:5207   Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • PCOL:5204   Basic Biostatistics & Experimental Design
  • BMED:7777   Biomedical Science Seminar
  • BMED:5208   Topics in Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • BMED:7888   Biomedical Science Research
  • Elective relevant to Cancer Biology

Spring:

  • PATH:5270   Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases
  • MMED:6260   Methods for Molecular/Translational Medicine
  • PHAR:6504   Mastering Reproducible Science
  • BMED:7777   Biomedical Science Seminar
  • BMED:7888   Biomedical Science Research
  • FRRB:7001   Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer

Selection of a PhD mentor (thesis advisor) is normally finalized by around the end of the spring semester of the First Year. The Biomedical Sciences program will set a deadline each year for students to finalize their mentor selection.

Second Year

Fall:

  • Elective
  • CBIO: 7000 Clinical connections
  • CBIO: 7500 Crafting a scientific proposal
  • CBIO:5500 Topics in cancer biology
  • CBIO:6000 Seminar: cancer biology
  • CBIO:6500 Research: cancer biology
  • Scholarly integrity/responsible conduct 1

Spring

  • CBIO:5500 Topics in cancer biology
  • CBIO:6000 Seminar: cancer biology
  • CBIO:6500 Research: cancer biology
  • Scholarly integrity/responsible conduct 2

The Comprehensive Examination is typically completed during the second summer.

After students have passed their Comprehensive Exam, they continue with CBIO:6500 Research in Cancer Biology and electives if needed.