The curriculum for the CMB Program is designed to provide students with the fundamental and applied skills to prepare them for future positions in research and science-related fields. The core curriculum includes coursework in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, ethics, data analysis and presentation. Students also enhance their writing skills through a grant-writing course and improve their presentation skills by attending and participating in the CMB Seminar Series and serving as teaching assistants (TAs).

After the first year, students choose from courses offered through four specific training areas to gain expertise in areas directly related to their research interests. Research starts immediately in the context of lab rotations during the first year, after which students choose a lab and advisor for their dissertation research, which culminates in the writing, presentation and defense of a dissertation.

Curriculum for CMB students (75 Total Credits):

Core Course Requirements (30 Course Credits minimum)

  • BIOC 301 General Biochemistry I (3 credits)
  • BIOC 302 General Biochemistry II (3 credits)
  • CLBI 301 Cell Biology (3 credits)
  • BIOC 325 Data Analysis & Presentation I (2 credits)
  • BIOC 326 Data Analysis & Presentation II (2 credits)
  • Genetics (2-3 credits)
  • MPBP 395 Grant Writing (1 credit)
  • Ethics (1 credit)

Advanced Concentrations

Biochemistry, Structural Biology & Biophysics
-(One of two) BIOC 370 Physical Biochemistry OR MPBP 323 Biophysical Techniques
-(One of three) BIOC 351 Proteins I: Structure & Function, or BIOC/MMG 352 Protein/Nucleic Acid Interactions, or BIOC 353 Proteins II: Enzymology

Genetics, Cell & Molecular Biology (students choose two of the following courses)
-MMG 312 Eukaryotic Genetic
-MMG 232 Bioinformatics
-MPBP 310 Molecular Control of the Cell

Microbiology & Immunology
-MMG 320 Cellular Microbiology
-SURG 325Immunology/Host Defense

Physiology & Pharmacology
-MPBP 301 Human Physiology & Pharmacology I
-MPBP 302 Human Physiology & Pharmacology II

Dissertation Research (20 credits minimum)

Approved Courses for the CMB program (any questions about these courses, please contact Matt Poynter, chair of Education Committee)

You may register for classes at the Registrar’s website or through MyUVM.