Curriculum and Course Requirements


Required Courses:

BMS 5100 - Biomedical Seminar is required each semester. (A maximum of six semester hours will count toward the Ph.D. degree)

5000 or above - 18 semester hours required.(excluding 5100, 5V95, 6V99)

4000 or above - 12 semester hours required.(excluding 5100, 6V99)

TOTAL 78 hours (The final 42 hours required for the Ph.D. will be made up of dissertation (6V99) and other coursework.

Core Curriculum

BMS 5301-Topics in Immunopathology/Immmunotherapy
BMS 5305-Virology
BMS 5100-Seminar
BMS 5307-Advanced Cell Biology
BMS 6390-Laboratory Rotations
BMS 5450-Introductory Bioinformatics
BMS 5302-Current Concepts in Immunology
BMS 5308-Biotechnology and Cell Biomedicine
BMS 5343-Studies in Intermediary Metabolism

While it is expected that students will have completed all of the required undergraduate prerequisites prior to joining the program, any course deficiencies will be satisfied in the student's first year. After the first year the student will have completed 23 hours, of which a minimum of 12 (ideally, at least 18) will be 5000 and above.

Other graduate classes often taken by BMS students include: Molecular Evolution (BIO5306), Advanced Microbiology (BIO5310), Physical Biochemistry (CHE5347), Enzymology (CHE5348), Technological Entrepreneurship (ENT5341), Advanced Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ENV5376), and Neuropharmacology (NSC5330). As appropriate, students also take additional specialized advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in their area of interest (which can also substitute as appropriate for courses in the ‘core' curriculum).