Biosciences Program

  • Typical Schedule

    Course requirements for Biosciences Program students are flexible to allow students to concentrate on their research rotations and selection of a research laboratory and program affiliation to begin their thesis research. 

    Fall 

    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication
    156:204 Biostatistics for Biomedical Research
    156:302 Biosciences Research
    650:270 Principles of Scholarly Integrity
    Choice of Elective(s) 

    Spring

    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication
    156:302 Biosciences Research 

    Choice of Elective(s) 

    Course Descriptions 

    156:204 Biostatistics for Biomedical Research 

    This course is an introduction to the application of statistical techniques to biological data with R applications. The course is targeted to beginning researchers in the biomedical sciences. At the end of the semester, students are expected to apply and appropriately interpret basic statistical tests that are covered in the class. Course format consists of lectures and laboratory sections. 

    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication 

    Biosciences Program Seminar dovetails with current seminar series run by the participating departments and programs of the Biosciences Program. Students meet at the beginning of each semester and choose a smorgasbord of about 12 seminars from the list of weekly seminars offered by the departments and programs. Students decide the choice of seminars, with advisement from the course instructor, who insures that all students contribute to the selection of seminars. During the first semester student groups are formed and each group selects a paper from a chosen speaker and presents the paper the week the seminar will be attended. During the second semester individual students select and present a paper the week the seminar is attended. 

    156:302 Biosciences Research 

    Students enjoy the flexibility of investigating several disciplines before deciding on a thesis project leading to the Ph.D. degree by performing three 10-week research rotations in the laboratories of any of the Biosciences Program faculty, regardless of their departmental or program affiliation. The rotation decisions will be on a rolling basis so that only the first rotation will be chosen during the orientation period. This will allow maximum flexibility for the student as his/her interests develop over the first year. The student’s primary advisor will coordinate advisement of potential labs for rotations. Biosciences students provide a short oral presentation following each research rotation to an audience comprised of their primary advisor, research advisor(s), and Biosciences students. Rotation advisors provide rotation reports and rotations are evaluated by the student's primary advisor. The student's primary advisor also meets with student to discuss course grades, subsequent rotations, and the student’s selection of a department or program and lab for thesis research. 

    650:270 Principles of Scholarly Integrity 

    Students will enroll in a 1 sem hr course and will complete the continuing education course elements over a 4-semester period: 

    *Attend and participate in a 4-hr orientation "Introduction to Principles of Scholar Integrity"
    *Attend and participate in eight 90-minute interactive workshops "Topics in Scholarly Integrity" that will be given on a monthly basis (2 workshops per semester) 

    The orientation and topical workshops will be given as sessions organized as short presentations by faculty with small group discussions of case studies facilitated by faculty in a round table setting. The Graduate College will also be hosting a web site for the course that will include a variety of resources for your programs and students. 

    In accordance with the Council of Graduate Schools and federal funding agencies, we are moving from a narrow compliance/regulatory framework to a broader values-based dialogue that will emphasize personal and professional integrity and responsibility throughout one’s career