Typical Coursework Schedule for the Biomedical Sciences PhD

The typical core and track-specific coursework schedule for Years 1 and 2 of the Biomedical Sciences PhD degree is seen here.

For each option or track, the minimum number of elective credits required is shown. In consultation with their Dissertation Adviser, students may take additional credits. Since electives are taken during various semesters depending on when classes of interest are offered, the times for elective credits are not shown. BMS 596, beyond the 2 credits of the “Core Requirement,” do not count toward elective credits. BMS 600, 601, 610, or 611 credits do not count toward required elective credits.

All BMS students sign up for one credit of BMS 590 each Spring. Students who have not passed the comprehensive examination sign up for a grade. Students who have passed the comprehensive examination sign up for Audit.

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General Program Requirements

Typical BMS "Core Courses" Expand answer
  • 17 core requirement credits
  • 12 track-required and/or elective credits

Fall Year 1

Core Requirements (number of credits)

  • BMS 502 Cell and Systems Biology (3)
  • BMS 503 Flow of Cellular Information (3)
  • BMS 504 Art of Scientific Communication I (1)

Spring Year 1

Core Requirements (number of credits)

  • BMS 505 Art of Scientific Communication II (1)
  • BMS 590 Colloquium (1)

Track-Specific

  • Track-specific required and/or elective courses

At the end of Year 1, students take the candidacy examination, make a final decision regarding their Program or Option, and enter their dissertation research lab.

Fall Year 2

Core Requirements (number of credits)

  • BMS 591 Ethics (1)
  • BMS 596 Individual Study: Research (2)
  • BMS 801 Writing Grant Proposals for Biomedical Research (1)

Track-Specific

  • Track-specific required and/or elective courses

Spring Year 2

Core Requirements (number of credits)

  • BMS 590 Colloquium (1)

Track-Specific

  • Track-specific required and/or elective courses

The Colloquium requirements for the BMS Program Track can be satisfied by BCHEM 590, PSIO 501, PHARM 590, MICRO 590, MICRO 572 or VIRIM 580.

Track-specific options

BGG Curriculum Expand answer

BGG Curriculum (Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics)

Required Courses

  • BMS 512 Data Analysis for the Biomedical Laboratory Scientist: A Practical Approach (2)
  • BCHEM 590 Colloquium (2)

At least 6 credits of:

  • BCHEM 522 Molecular Genetics: Genes to Genomes (3)
  • BCHEM 581 Enzymology: Structure, Energetics, and Function: A Structural Biology (1)
  • BCHEM 582 Enzymology: Structure, Energetics, and Function: B Practical Enzymology (1)
  • BCHEM 583 Enzymology: Structure, Energetics, and Function: C Mechanisms of Enzyme Reactions (1)
  • GENET 582 Genetics of Model Organisms: Molecular Genetic Analysis of Signaling Pathways (1)
  • GENET 587 Genetic Approaches to Biomedical Problems (3); and/or
  • MCIBS 551 Genomics (3)

Electives

  • 2 credits for PhD; 3 credits for MS
BMS Curriculum Expand answer

BMS Curriculum (Biomedical Sciences)

Required Courses

  • BCHEM 590 Colloquium (2)

Electives

  • 10 credits for PhD; 11 credits for MS
CB Curriculum Expand answer

CB Curriculum (Cancer Biology)

Required Courses

  • BMS 550 Fundamentals of Cancer Biology (1)
  • BMS 551 Cancer Genetics (1)
  • BMS 552 Tumor Metabolism (1)
  • BMS 553 Cancer Biology Colloquium (2)
  • BMS 554 Cancer Therapy and Immunology (2)

At least 3 credits of:

  • BCHEM 510 Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention (2)
  • BMS 568 Current Topics in Translational Cancer Research (2)
  • BMS 571 Clinical Rotation (3); and/or
  • PHS 552 Molecular Epidemiology (3)

Electives

  • 2 credits for PhD; 3 credits for MS
CIP Curriculum Expand answer

CIP Curriculum (Cellular and Integrative Physiology)

Required Courses

  • PSIO 504 Cellular and Integrative Physiology (3)
  • PSIO 505 Cellular and Integrative Physiology II (3)
  • BMS 581 Molecular and Translational Approaches to Human Disease (3)
  • PSIO 501 Scientific Analysis and Presentation (2)

Electives

  • 1 credit for PhD; 2 credits for MS
TT Curriculum Expand answer

TT Curriculum (Translational Therapeutics)

Required Courses

  • PHARM 520 Principles of Drug Action (2)
  • PHARM 551 Anti-infective Therapeutics (1)
  • PHARM 552 Integrated Systems Pharmacology (1)
  • PHARM 554 Gastrointestinal and Immunomodulatory Therapeutics (1)
  • PHARM 554 Anticancer Therapeutics (1)
  • PHARM 561 Neuropharmacology (2)
  • PHARM 562 Endocrine Pharmacology (2)
  • PHARM 590 Colloquium (1)

Electives

  • 1 credit for PhD; 2 credits for MS
VIRIM Curriculum Expand answer

VIRIM Curriculum (Virology and Immunology)

Required Courses

  • MICRO 550 Medical Microbiology (2)
  • MICRO 581 Immunology A: Basic Concepts in Innate and Adaptive Immunity (1)
  • MICRO 582 Immunology B: Adaptive Immunity (1)
  • MICRO 550 Medical Microbiology (2)
  • MICRO 581 Immunology A: Basic Concepts in Innate and Adaptive Immunity (1)
  • MICRO 582 Immunology B: Adaptive Immunity (1)
  • BMS 562 Principles of Immunology C: Dysfunction and Manipulation of the Immune System (1); or
    BMS 566 Viral Oncogenesis (1)
  • BMS 564 Concepts in Virology (2); or MICRO 560 Concepts in Immunology (2)
  • BMS 567 Viral Pathogenesis (1)
  • GENET 581 Genetics of Model Organisms: Bacterial and Viral Pathogenesis (1)
  • MICRO 572 Literature Reports (1); or VIRIM 580 Critical Reading in Immunobiology (1)
  • MICRO 590 Colloquium (1)

Electives

  • 1 credit for PhD; 2 credits for MS