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:

  • At least 9 credits of advanced coursework (600 or above)
  • At least 3 credits of graduate seminar courses*
  • At least 2 credits of a professional development course (e.g BISI 712: Responsible Conduct of Research formerly called Bioethics and BISI 701: Teaching & Professional Development for Biology Graduate Students)
  • Strive to achieve 30 credits of coursework by the time you take your Qualifying Exam (these should include 18 credits of graduate coursework and up to 12 credits of BISI 898: Pre-Candidacy Research)
  • Following advancement a minimum of 12 credits of BISI 899 is required by the Graduate School

*If a formal seminar course does not exist for your concentration area, then consistent attendance at a departmental or CA seminar can be substituted for the formal credit.

Additional electives for each concentration area can be found here.

CBBG

BEES


  • BEES608A: Introduction to BEES Graduate seminar (Fall semester, even years)
  • BIOL 709F: Statistics & Modeling for Biologists (Spring semester even years) or other graduate-level quantitative statistics course chosen in consultation with Advisory Committee and CA director.
  • BISI 712: Responsible Conduct of Research for Biologists (formerly Bioethics)
  • BISI 701: Teaching & Professional Development for Biology Graduate Students (1 credit, Fall of your first year)
  • Regular attendance at the weekly BEES seminar series.
  • CBMG 688P: Programming for Biology (2 credits, 7 weeks), Fall
  • CBMG 688Y: Bioinformatics and Genomics (2 credits, 7 weeks), Fall
  • CBMG 699D: Bioinformatics and Computation Biology Seminar Series (1 credit Fall, 1 credit Spring)
  • BISI 712: Responsible Conduct of Research for Biologists (formerly Bioethics)
  • BISI 701: Teaching & Professional Development for Biology Graduate Students (1 credit, Fall of your first year)
  • 5 credits of electives

MOCB

PSYS


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
  • BISI 712: Responsible Conduct of Research for Biologists (formerly Bioethics)
  • BISI 701: Teaching & Professional Development for Biology Graduate Students (1 credit, Fall of your first year)

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.

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:

  • BISI 712: Responsible Conduct of Research for Biologists (formerly 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 (BIOL 709F: Statistics & Modeling for Biologists or other appropriate graduate-level quantitative course in consultation with Advisory Committee members).
  • BISI 701: Teaching & Professional Development for Biology Graduate Students (1 credits, Fall of your first year).
  • PSYS graduate seminar

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