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Curriculum

In the first year of the program students complete Foundations in Biomedical Sciences, a course that lays the foundation in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology. They then proceed to basic courses in Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; followed by more advanced specialized training, generally geared to meet the individual needs of students as they move into the specific areas of their thesis research. The PhD degree requires a minimum of 180 credits; at least 54 credits must be obtained from formal courses (including research rotations and seminars) of which a minimum of 18 credits must be in disciplines other than the major. The BMP Program requires the completion of 9 credits of seminar. The Graduate School requires successful completion of GC 640 - Research Ethics: The Responsible Conduct of Research, of all doctoral students.

Course requirements are usually completed by the end of the second year and students spend an average of another 2-3 years to complete their individual thesis projects. Throughout their experience, students take part in weekly journal clubs, attend seminars, and have many opportunities to present and discuss their work with both faculty and students at TJU and at national scientific meetings.

 

 

Fall

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer

Full-time Enrollment

20 credit total

30 credit total

10 credit total

Year 1

GC 550
10 credits

Biochemistry-Genetics Information Transfer
BI 525 — 3 credits

Electives
see list below

Research
BI 930

Macromolecular Structure
PR 613 — 3 credits

Applied Statistics in Neuroscience
NS 740 — 2 credits

Ethics
GC 640 — 1 credit

Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
BI 730 — 2 credits

 

Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
BI 720 — 2 credits

Research Rotation 1
BI 511 — 3 credits

Research Rotation 2
BI 521 — 3 credits

Research Rotation 3
BI 531 — 3 credits

Research
BI 910

Research
BI 920

Year 2

Planning & Writing a Research Grant
GC 730 — 1 credit

Elective(s)

Elective(s)

Research
BI 930

Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
BI 710 — 2 credits

Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
BI 720 — 2 credits

Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
BI 730 — 2 credits

Research
BI 910

Research
BI 920

Research
BI 930

Year 3 to
completion

 

Research
BI 910

Research
BI 920

Research
BI 930