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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 advanced specialized training in Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis. Additional credit hours of elective courses are available, and are generally geared to meet the individual needs of students as they move into the specific areas of their thesis research. Course requirements are completed by the end of the 2nd 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.

IMP Fall Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer
Full-time Enrollment 20 credits total                     30 credits total 10 credits total
Year 1 Foundations of Biomedical Science
GC 550
10 credits
Fundamentals of Immunology
IMP 505 A
2 credits
Immune System in Health and Disease
IMP 505 B
2 credits
Research
IMP 930
Bacteriology, Mycology, & Parasitology
IMP 600A
2 credits
Virology
IMP 600B
3 credits
Seminar
IMP 710 
1 credit
Seminar
IMP 720
1 credit
Seminar
IMP 730
1 credit
Current Literature
IMP 722
1 credit
Current Literature
IMP 732
1 credit
Lab Rotation 1
IMP 610
 3 credits
Lab Rotation 2
IMP 620
 3 credits
Lab Rotation 3
IMP 630
 3 credits
  Ethics
GC 640 
1 credit
Applied Statistics in Neuroscience
NS 740
2 credits
Research
IMP 910
9 credits
Research
IMP 920
variable credits
Year 2 Infection & Immunity
IMP 530
3 credits
OR
Advanced Cellular & Molecular Immunology IMP 605
3 credits
(alternate years)
Elective (s)
Elective (s)
Research
IMP 930
Planning & Writing a Research Grant
GC 730
1 credit
Seminar
IMP 710 
1 credit
Seminar
IMP 720
1 credit
Seminar
IMP 730
1 credit
Current Literature
IMP 712 
1 credit
Current Literature
IMP 722
1 credit
Current Literature
IMP 732
1 credit
Research
IMP 910 variable
Research
IMP 920
variable credits
Year 3 Infection & Immunity
IMP 530
3 credits OR
Advanced Cellular & Molecular Immunology IMP 605
3 credits
(alternate years)
Seminar
IMP 720
1 credit
Seminar
IMP 730
1 credit
Research
IMP 930
Seminar
IMP 710 
1 credit
Current Literature
IMP 722
1 credit
Current Literature
IMP 732
1 credit
Current Literature
IMP 712 
1 credit
Research
IMP 920
variable credits
Research
IMP 910 variable
Comprehensive Exam