Thomas Jefferson University
PhD Programs
Curriculum

Core Curriculum

Certain components of the Core Curriculum may be modified or waived to account for the individual experience and background of the student. Any modifications must be approved by the Program Director. In addition to the required courses, the graduate program and College offer a wide range of additional introductory and upper level courses which are available to students. Additional elective graduate courses are available from among all course offerings within the Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences. The student, in consultation with his/her research advisor, may thus select course offerings that meet specific objectives and/or needs.

Core Courses

Course Title Semester(s) Credit

CB 610/620/630 Research Rotations (first year PhD)

Fall, Spring I & II

Variable

CB 616/626/636 Current Topics: Journal Club and Research in Progress (R.I.P)

Fall, Spring I & II

1 each

CB 710/720/730 Seminar: Grand Rounds, Showcase Seminars, MPM’s

Fall, Spring I & II

1 each

CB 910/920/930 Research

Fall, Spring I & Summer

Variable

GC 529 Lab Animal Science

Spring II

2

GC 550 Foundations in Biomedical Sciences

Fall

10

GC 640 Research Ethics

Fall

1

GC 645 Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics I

Spring II

3

GC 660 Statistical Methods

Fall, Spring I & II

3

GC 665 Cell Signaling

Spring II

4

GC 720 Scientific Writing

Summer

2

GC 730 Planning & Writing Research Grant

Spring II

1

TE 624 Extracellular Matrix

Fall

2

Suggested Electives

Course Title Semester(s) Credit

BI 525 Genetic Information

Spring I

3

BI 612 Advance Topic Protein Function & Dysfunction

Fall

3

CB 570 Pathological Aspects of Disease

Summer

3

CB Developmental Biology I – Embryology

Fall

3

CB 635 Gene Environment Interactions, Birth Defects & Disease

Spring II

3

CB 740 Mechanisms in Personalized Medicine*

Fall

1

GC 630 Fund-Clinical Trials

Spring I

3

GC 636 Principles of Care Management-Diverse BM Careers

Spring I-Spring II

2

GE 612 Genetics of Model Organisms

Spring II

3

GE 637 Advanced Human Genetics

Spring I

3

GE 651 Pathobiology of Cancer

Spring I

2

*The course presentations for CB 740 are from September to May, if you register you will have to present.

PhD Program Curriculum

Note:  Credits for the 910, 920, 930 Research courses are variable. Assign credits to Research to equal target number of credits for each semester.

Year One

Fall Semester (20 Credits)

Course Title Credit

GC 550 Foundations in Biomedical Sciences

10

GC 640 Research Ethics

1

CB 610 Research Rotations I

Variable

CB  616 Current Topics: Journal Club and Research in Progress (R.I.P)

1

CB 710 Seminar: Grand Rounds, Showcase Seminars, MPM’s

1

CB 910 Research (only if there has been a permanent laboratory selected)

Variable

Spring Semesters (30 Credits)

Course Title Semester(s) Credit

CB 620 Research Rotations II

Spring I

Variable

CB  626 Current Topics: Journal Club and Research in Progress (R.I.P)

Spring I

1

CB 720 Seminar: Grand Rounds, Showcase Seminars, MPM’s

Spring I

1

CB 920 Research (only if there has been a permanent laboratory selected)

Spring I - II

Variable

Elective

Spring I

 

GC 529 Lab Animal Science

Spring II

2

GC 645 Genomics and Bioinformatics   

Spring II

3

CB 630 Research Rotations III

Spring II

Variable

CB  636 Current Topics: Journal Club and Research in Progress (R.I.P)

Spring II

1

CB 730 Seminar: Grand Rounds, Showcase Seminars, MPM’s

Spring II

1

Summer Semester (10 Credits)

Course Title Credit

GC 720 Scientific Writing

2

CB 930 Research

Variable

Year Two

Fall Semester (20 Credits)

Course Title Credit

CB  616 Current Topics: Journal Club and Research in Progress (R.I.P)

1

CB 710 Seminar: Grand Rounds, Showcase Seminars, MPM’s

1

CB 910 Research

Variable

TE 624 Extracellular Matrix

2

GC 660 Statistical Methods (can be taken in the fall, spring I or spring II)

3

Elective

 

Spring Semesters (30 Credits)

Course Title Semester(s) Credit

CB  626 Current Topics: Journal Club and Research in Progress (R.I.P)

Spring I

1

CB 720 Seminar: Grand Rounds, Showcase Seminars, MPM’s

Spring I

1

CB 920 Research

Spring I - II

Variable

CB  636 Current Topics: Journal Club and Research in Progress (R.I.P)

Spring II

1

CB 730 Seminar: Grand Rounds, Showcase Seminars, MPM’s

Spring II

1

GC 665 Cell Signaling

Spring II

4

GC 730 Planning & Writing Research Grant

Spring II

1

Summer Semester (10 Credits)

Course Title Credit

CB 930 Research

Variable

Year Three to Graduation

Fall Semester (20 Credits)

Course Title Credit

CB  616 Current Topics: Journal Club and Research in Progress (R.I.P)

1

CB 710 Seminar: Grand Rounds, Showcase Seminars, MPM’s

1

CB 910 Research

Variable

Spring Semesters (30 Credits)

Course Title Semester(s) Credit

CB  626 Current Topics: Journal Club and Research in Progress (R.I.P)

Spring I

1

CB 720 Seminar: Grand Rounds, Showcase Seminars, MPM’s

Spring I

1

CB 920 Research

Spring I - II

Variable

CB  636 Current Topics: Journal Club and Research in Progress (R.I.P)

Spring II

1

CB 730 Seminar: Grand Rounds, Showcase Seminars, MPM’s

Spring II

1

Summer Semester (10 Credits)

Course Title Credit

CB 930 Research

Variable

MD/PhD Program Curriculum

Year One

Course Title Semester(s) Credit

CB  616/626/636 Current Topics: Journal Club and Research in Progress (R.I.P)

Fall, Spring I & II

1 each

CB 710/720/730 Seminar: Grand Rounds, Showcase Seminars, MPM’s

Fall, Spring I & II

1 each

CB 910/920/930 Research

Fall, Spring I & Summer

Variable

GC 640 Research Ethics

Fall

1

GC 645 Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics I   

Spring II

3

GC 720 Scientific Writing

Summer

2

GC 660 Statistical Methods

Fall, Spring I & II

3

TE 624 Extracellular Matrix

Fall

2

GC 665 Cell Signaling

Spring II

4

GC 730 Planning & Writing Research Grant

Spring II

1

Elective(s)

 

 

5 Years at a Glance

Year 1

  • Take required courses (Fall, Spring and Summer)
  • 3 Lab rotations and a summary for each lab
  • Select research advisor and review progress
  • Attend the required seminars and any seminars your advisor suggests

Year 2

  • Complete required courses (Fall, Spring and Summer)
  • Join a thesis lab and begin to develop a project
  • Take comprehensive qualifying exams (written and oral) during the summer
  • Continue to attend and participate in seminars and current topics

Year 3

  • Submit committee names to Danielle Park for CBRM Executive Committee approval
  • Continue thesis research while working with mentor and thesis committee
  • Continue to attend and participate in seminars and current topics

Year 4

  • Continue to attend and participate in seminars and current topics
  • Wrap up thesis project

Final Year

  • Continue to attend and participate in seminars and current topics
  • Write and defend before April 1st
  • Graduate