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.
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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)
- CLBI 401 Critical Reading & Analysis (2 credits)
- CLBI 402 Biomedical Data Analysis (2 credits)
- CLBI 394 Science Communication (3 credits)
- MPBP 395 Grant Writing (2 credits)
- Genetics (3 credits)
- Ethics (1 credit)
Dissertation Research (20 credits minimum)
Any questions about these courses, please contact Frances Carr, chair of Education Committee