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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 Spring 2019.pdf | Graduate Electives Spring 2018.pdf 




Additional Certificates and Programs

  • 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.


Med-into-Grad program

The Med-into-Grad program at the University of Utah provides didactic coursework and clinical mentoring to PhD students and leads to the MSCI (Masters of Clinical Investigation).
Med-into-Grad activities and mentoring are integrated seamlessly with department-based requirements in order to provide comprehensive medical science education that will assist pre-doctoral students at each step of their graduate work, from classroom studies and thesis research, to developing long-term lines of investigation with an eye to translation and relevance to human disease.

Students should be a current PhD graduate student in the Colleges of Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, or Engineering, or the School of Medicine. They must have completed their first year of graduate school, have identified their thesis mentor, and have a strong interest in pursuing translational research during and following graduate school.

Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

Ruben Rocha,

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Last Updated: 8/5/19