Coursework

Because the Biological Sciences Graduate Program encourages interdisciplinary, collaborative research, no single set of courses is required by the program.  Instead, each concentration area has developed a set of core courses that is designed to provide you with a sound foundation for your research.  You will meet with your advisor or advisory committee to design a curriculum that fits your interests and educational background.

When designing your curriculum, the following should be included:

  • A minimum of 12 credits of BISI 899
  • At least 9 credits of advanced coursework
  • At least 3 credits of graduate seminar courses
  • At least 2 credits of a professional development course (e.g Bioethics, Teaching Science)

Additional electives for each concentration area can be found here.

 

BEES


  • A minimum of 12 semester hours of doctoral research (BISI899)
  • BEES608a graduate seminar
  • Participation in an approved Statistics course (600-level or higher), or a more appropriate graduate-level quantitative course in consultation with First and Second Advisory Committee members.
  • Regular attendance at the weekly BEES seminar series.
 

CBBG


  • CBMG 688Y-Bioinformatics and Genomics (2 credits, 7 weeks), Fall
  • CBMG 688P-Programming for Biology (2 credits, 7 weeks), Fall
  • CBMG 699D-Bioinformatics and Computation Biology Seminar Series (1 credit Fall, 1 credit Spring)
  • BISI 688B-Bioethics (1 credit), Fall or Spring
  • BISI 688Z - Teaching Science (1 credit), Fall (required for all TAs)
  • 5 credits of electives
 

MOCB


Required core courses in the 1st year:

  • CBMG 688D: Cell Biology I: Structure and Function (2 credits, 7 weeks) - Fall
  • BCHM 661: Nucleic acids (2 credits, 7 weeks), Fall
  • CBMG 688F: Gene Expression  (2 credits, 7 weeks), Spring
  • CBMG 688I: Genetic Analysis (2 credits, 7 weeks), Spring

Additional courses required for all MOCB students: 

  • BISI 688B: Bioethics (2 credits), Fall or Spring
  • BISI 688Z: Teaching Science (1 credit), Fall (required for all TAs)

Additional elective coursework (8 credits) is required.  These credits can be a combination of 2 credit modular courses and 3 credit semester courses.  All electives must be in science courses, 600 and above.

Students may take additional courses within BISI or from other programs, at the discretion of the student's advisor and dissertation committee. In addition to course offerings, students are expected to attend department seminars on a regular basis and one journal club a year.

 

PSYS


Since PSYS spans biological disciplines, only two specific courses are required: an ethics course and the graduate seminar. In addition, students should choose three core courses to provide training in their research area, in consultation with their Advisory Committee:

  • PSYS graduate seminar
  • Bioethics
  • three core graduate level courses (2-4 credits each) that address contemporary issues in physiology, biophysics, biomechanics, computational biology, development, endocrinology, neuroscience, and physiology.
  • Participation in an approved Statistics course (600-level or higher), or more appropriate graduate-level quantitative course in consultation with Advisory Committee members.
  • A minimum of 12 semester hours of doctoral research (BISI899)

Additional courses may be added with the permission of the Concentration Area Director and the first year committee.