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Curriculum and Requirements

Coursework:

As a subprogram within the Biomedical Science umbrella, Experimental Pathology students take the same foundational courses as all Biomedical Science students during the first semester. At present this includes Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Basic Biostatistics and Experimental Design. Similarly, Experimental Pathology students take two semesters of Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research during the second year.

In addition to common foundational courses, Experimental Pathology students take courses focused on pathology of disease (Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases), higher level statistics (Practical Data Science and Bioinformatics or Introduction to Biostatistics), professional development (Pathology Seminar) and electives in the area of their thesis research (see list below).

Plan of Study:

Fall semester of Year 1:

  • BMED:5207 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology (3 s.h.)
  • PCOL:5204 Basic Biostatistics and Experimental Design (1 s.h.)
  • PATH:7211 Research in Pathology (variable)

Spring semester of Year 1:

  • MMED:3310 Practical Data Science & Bioinformatics (3 s.h.)
                 or BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 s.h.)
  • PATH:5270 Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases (3 s.h.)
  • PATH:6220 Seminar in Pathology (1 s.h.)
  • PATH:7211 Research in Pathology (variable)

Fall semester of Year 2:

  • Elective (3 s.h.)
  • BMED:7270 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research (0 s.h.)
  • PATH:7211 Research in Pathology (variable)

Spring semester of Year 2:

  • Elective (3 s.h.)
  • PATH:6220 Seminar in Pathology (1 s.h.)
  • BMED:7271 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research (0 s.h.)
  • PATH:7211 Research in Pathology (variable)

Subsequent semesters

  • PATH:7211 Research in Pathology (minimum of 2 s.h.)

Total Hours:

Total student hours of coursework = 18
Total student hours of research = 54
Total student hours = 72

Possible Electives:

Electives are determined by the area of thesis research

MMED:6220 Mechanisms of Cellular Organization (3 sh)
MMED:8115 Molecular Physiology (4 sh)
MMED:6225 Growth Factor Receptor Signaling (1 sh)
MMED:6226 (Cell Cycle Control (1 sh)
MMED:6227 Cell Fate Decisions (1 sh)
MMED:6215 Transcription RNA (1 sh)
MMED:6217 Epigenetics/Mouse Models/Cancer (1 sh)
FRRB:7001 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer (3 sh)
MICR:6247 Graduate Immunology and Human Disease (4 sh)
MICR:6267 Graduate Viruses and Human Disease (4 sh)
IMMU:6201 Graduate Immunology (3 sh)
NSCI:5653 Fundamental Neurobiology (3 sh)
NSCI:7235 Neurobiology of Disease (3 sh)
GENE:6150 Genetic Analysis of Biological Systems (3 sh)
GENE:7191 Human Molecular Genetics (3 sh)

Teaching:

The Experimental Pathology subprogram does not have a teaching requirement. However, there are opportunities to teach or TA if students desire this experience.

Publication requirements:

Students must have one first author peer-reviewed paper published or in press, as well as a co-authored peer-reviewed paper or review article published or in press prior to being allowed to schedule their dissertation defense.