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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.

Semester

Year 1

Year II

Fall –
20 credits

  • GC 550, Foundations of Biomedical Science, 10 credits
  • BI 511, Research Rotation 1, 3 credits
  • BI 710 Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, 1 credit
  • BI 910, Research, 6 credits
  • Elective, see list below, variable credits
  • GC 730, Planning  & Writing a Research Grant, 1 credit
  • BI 710, Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, 2 credits
  • BI 715, Journal Club, 1 credit
  • BI 910, Research, variable credits to total 20

Spring –
30 credits Spring I and Spring II

  • BI 521, Research Rotation 2, 3 credits – Spring I
  • BI 525, Biochemistry – Genetics Information Transfer, 3 credits – Spring I
  • PR 613, Macromolecular Structure, 3 credits – Spring I
  • GC 640, Research Ethics, 1 credit – Spring I
  • BI 720, Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, 1 credits – Spring I
  • BI 725, Journal Club, 1 credit – Spring I
  • Elective, see list below, variable credits – Spring II
  • BI 531, Research Rotation 3, 3 credits – Spring II
  • NS 740, Applied Statistics, 2 credits – Spring II
  • BI 730, Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, 1 credits – Spring II
  • BI 735, Journal Club, 1 credit – Spring II
  • BI 920, Research, variable credits to total 30
  • Elective(s), see list below, variable credits – Spring I and Spring II
  • BI 720, Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, 2 credits – Spring I
  • BI 725, Journal Club, 1 credit – Spring I
  • BI 730, Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, 2 credits – Spring II
  • BI 735, Journal Club, 1 credit – Spring II
  • BI 920, Research, variable credits to total 30

Summer –
10 credits

  • BI 930, Research, 10 credits
  • BI 930, Research, 10 credits

Common Electives

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

Semester Offered

BI 612

Advanced Topics in Protein Function and Dysfunction

3

Fall

BI 614

Macromolecular Function

3

Spring II

BI 535

Biochemistry-Metabolism

3

Spring II

PR 522

General Pharmacology

3

Fall

GC 630

Fundamentals of Clinical Trials

3

Fall

GC 645

Genomics and Bioinformatics

3

Spring II

GC 665

Cell Signaling

4

Spring II

GE 612

Genetics of Model Organisms

3

Spring I

GE 636

Regulation of Cell Cycle & Apoptosis

3

Fall

GE 637

Advanced Human Genetics

3

Spring II

GE 651

Pathobiology of Cancer

2

Spring I

GE 652

Molecular Basis of Cancer

2

Spring I

CB 615

Developmental Biology I - Embryology

3

Fall

CB 625

Mechanisms of Development

3

Spring I

IMP 505 A

Fundamentals of Immunology

2

Spring I

IMP 505 B

Immune System in Health & Disease

2

Spring I

NS 700

Cellular Neurophysiology

4

Spring I

NS 715

Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience

3

Spring II