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Core Curriculum Overview

  • Designed to provide students with a solid background in key areas
  • Designed to teach independent, critical thinking skills, and grant writing
  • Designed to fulfill the NIH-mandated requirement for scientific ethics
  • Curriculum Grid.pdf


Curriculum Requirements

Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology Program Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0, earn at least a B- in each of the core courses, and to remain in good standing and to be eligible for tuition waivers and stipend. Students must be registered full time for between 9-12 graduate credit hours per semester during Fall and Spring.

*DO NOT add or drop courses after the first day of the semester until you contact your Academic Advisor & Program Office for guidance



  • Designed to help students gain proficiency in areas of interest
  • These courses vary by year and semester
  • Many are taught every other year
  • Available to first year students and advanced graduate students in thesis departments

Graduate Electives Fall 2017.pdfGraduate Electives Spring 2017.pdf 



Additional Certificates

  • There are several certificate programs graduate students can complete during their training in addition to the Ph.D.
  • Students are encouraged to consider these programs when selecting electives
  • Additional information can be found in Affiliated Research Programs

Genome Sciences

Genome Sciences Program

Genome Sciences Program Certificate

The goal of the Genome Sciences (GS) Program is to train the next generation of investigators to integrate genomics with biological and clinical research. Genome sciences merges functional genomics and translational biology to investigate biological systems at all levels of complexity.



Last Updated: 6/22/17