Biosciences Program

  • Study Plans by Area of Primary Interest

    Select a department/program of primary interest to view their study plan for each semester: 


    Anatomy & Cell Biology 

    Fall

    156:201 Fundamentals of Gene Expression
    156:203 Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes
    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication
    156:302 Biosciences Research

    Elective Choose any (1) from the approved Fall Electives or those recommended by the Anatomy & Cell Biology PhD Program

    Anatomy & Cell Biology recommendation:
    142:220 Mechanisms of Cellular Organization

    Spring

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

    Elective Choose any (2) from the approved Spring Electives or those recommended by the Anatomy & Cell Biology PhD Program

    Anatomy & Cell Biology recommendations:
    069:270 Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases
    077:222 Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine
    127:191 Human Molecular Genetics
    142:215 Transcription and multi-functional regulation by RNA
    142:216 Chromatin structure and Disease
    142:217 Epigenetic, Cancer and Genetic Manipulations in Mice
    142:225 Growth Factor Receptor Signaling
    142:226 Cell Cycle Control
    142:227 Cell Fate Decisions
    650:270 Principles of Scholarly Integrity 


    Biochemistry

    Fall

     

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

    Elective Choose any (1) from the approved Fall Electives or those recommended by the Biochemistry PhD Program

    Biochemistry recommendations:
    099:243 Introduction to Biophysical Chemistry
    099:245 Protein Stability, Folding, and Dynamics
    099:247 Binding and Macromolecular Interactions
    156:201 Biostatistics for Biomedical Research

    Spring

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

    Elective Choose any (2) from the approved Spring Electives or those recommended by the Biochemistry PhD Program

    Biochemistry recommendations:
    099:226 Enzyme Kinetics & Bioorganic Mechanisms
    099:246 Structure and Mechanism of Membrane Proteins
    099:248 NMR of Biological Macromolecules
    156:205 Practical Bioinformatics (wintrim) 


    Biology

    Fall

    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication
    156:302 Biosciences Research
    650:270 Principles of Scholarly Integrity

    Elective Choose any (1) from the approved Fall Electives or those recommended by the Biology PhD Program

    Biology recommendations:
    002:104 Intro. to Developmental Biology
    002:128 Fundamental Genetics (section 00B for 3 Sem. Hrs.)
    002:228 Fundamental Genetics – Graduate (for 1 Sem. Hr.)
    002:131 Evolution
    002:134 Ecology
    002:143 Animal Behavior
    002:169 Intro. to Bioinformatics
    002:170 Bioinformatics
    002:171 Molecular Genetics
    002:180 Fundamental Neurobiology
    002:191 Topics in Molecular Genetics (check ISIS for availability)
    002:194 Topics in Cell & Development (check ISIS for availability)
    002:195 Topics in Neurobiology

    Spring

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

    Elective Choose any (2) from the approved Spring Electives or those recommended by the Biology PhD Program

    Biology recommendations:
    002:133 Biogeography
    002:114 Cell Biology
    002:117 Plant Developmental Biology
    002:128 Fundamental Genetics (for 4 Sem. Hrs.)
    002:131 Evolution
    002:145 Intro. to Neurobiology
    002:155 Cell Physiology
    002:160 Population Genetics and Molecular Evolution
    002:162 Molecular Phylogenetics
    002:168 Genes and Development
    002:174 Computational Genomics
    002:178 Genomics
    002:184 Developmental Neurobiology
    002:190 Topics in Evolution
    002:192 Basic Biology of human Disease (check ISIS for availability)
    002:193 Topics in Cell Motility (check ISIS for availability)
    002:195 Topics in Neurobiology (check ISIS for availability)
    002:200 Biology Colloquium
    002:218 Microscopy for Biomedical Research

    Biology will accept all elective credit except those noted below:
    060:234 Medical Neuroscience
    072:153 Human Physiology 


    Chemistry

    Fall

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

    Elective Choose any (1) from the approved Fall Electives or those recommended by the Chemistry PhD Program

    Chemistry recommendations:
    004:228 Mechanisms of Organic Reactions
    004:234 Molecular Spectroscopy
    052:223 Introduction to Biocatalysis
    052:275 Prespecticves in Biocatalysis
    099:241 Biophysical Chemistry I

    Spring

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

    Elective Choose any (2) from the approved Spring Electives or those recommended by the Chemistry PhD Program

    Chemistry recommendations:
    004:221 Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry
    099:242 Biophysical Chemistry II 


    Free Radical & Radiation Biology

    Fall

    156:201 Fundamentals of Gene Expression
    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication
    156:302 Biosciences Research

    Elective Choose any (1) from the approved Fall Electives or those recommended by the Free Radical & Radiation Biology PhD Program

    Free Radical & Radiation Biology recommendations:
    046:214 Pharmaceutical & Chemical Toxicology
    099:120 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
    069:133 Introduction to Human Pathology
    198:180 Toxicology Seminar
    198:201 Toxicology Research
    077:103 Radiation Biology

    Spring

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

    Elective Choose any (2) from the approved Spring Electives or those recommended by the Free Radical & Radiation Biology PhD Program

    Free Radical & Radiation Biology recommendations:
    077:211 Medical Physics (even yrs)
    077:222 Free Radicals in Biology & Medicine (odd yrs)
    077:288 Mol & Cell Biology of Cancer (odd yrs)
    077:546 Current topics in free radical biology
    142:227 Cell Fate Decisions
    142:225 Growth Factor Receptor Signaling
    156:205 Practical Bioinformatics 


    Genetics

    Fall

    156:201 Fundamentals of Gene Expression
    156:203 Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes
    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication
    156:302 Biosciences Research

    Elective Choose any (1) from the approved Fall Electives or those recommended by the Genetics PhD Program

    Genetics recommendations:
    127:150 Genetic Analysis of Biological Systems

    Spring

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

    Elective Choose any (2) from the approved Spring Electives or those recommended by the Genetics PhD Program

    Genetics recommendations:
    002:131 Evolution
    127:191 Human Molecular Genetics OR
    002:168 Genes and Development


    Human Toxicology

    Fall

    156:201 Fundamentals of Gene Expression
    156:203 Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes
    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication
    156:302 Biosciences Research

    Elective Choose any (1) from the approved Fall Electives or those recommended by the Human Toxicology PhD Program

    Human Toxicology recommendations:
    069:133 Intro to Human Pathology
    171:161 Intro to Biostatistics
    046:214 Pharmaceutical & Chemical Toxicology
    175:197 Environmental Health

    Spring

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

    Elective Choose any (2) from the approved Spring Electives or those recommended by the Human Toxicology PhD Program

    Human Toxicology recommendations:
    175:260 Environmental Toxicology
    046:137 Enzymatic Basis of Drug Metabolism (even years)
    077:288 Molecular & Cellular Biology of Cancer 


    Immunology

    Fall

    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication
    156:302 Biosciences Research
    061:247 Graduate Survey in Immunology
    156:204 Biostatisctics for Biomedical Research

    Students will take 3* sh (modules) of the following (fall/spring). If undecided, 156:201 and 203 are highly recommended.

    156:201 Fundamentals of Gene Expression*
    156:203 Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes* 
     
    099:243 Protein Structure, Function & Regulation
    142:220 Mechanisms of Cellular Organization 

    Spring

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

    148:201 Graduate Immunology

    Elective Choose any (2) from the approved Spring Electives or those recommended by the Immunology PhD Program

    Immunology recommendations:

    142:215 Transcription, RNA*
    142:217 Mouse Models, Cancer* 
      
    142:240 Inflammatory Cell Signaling and Targeted Cancer Therapy
    142:225 Growth Factor Receptor Signaling*
    142:226 Cell Cycle Control*
    142:227 Cell Fate Decisions*

    Immunology will accept all elective credit except those noted below:

    004:205 Bioinorganic Chemistry
    004:211 Chemical Catalysis in Biology
    004:228 Mechanisms of Organic Reactions

     


    Microbiology

    Fall

    156:201 Fundamentals of Gene Expression
    156:203 Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes
    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication
    156:302 Biosciences Research

    Elective Choose any (1) from the approved Fall Electives or those recommended by the Microbiology PhD Program

    Microbiology recommendations:
    061:201 Graduate Immunology I
    061:267 Graduate Intro Animal Viruses
    061:270 Graduate Microbial Genetics
    061:279 Graduate Bacterial Diversity (odd yrs)

    Spring

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

    Elective Choose any (2) from the approved Spring Electives or those recommended by the Microbiology PhD Program

    Microbiology recommendations:
    061:259 Graduate Pathogenic Bacteriology
    061:260 Graduate Microbial Physiology
    061:268 Molecular Biology of Animal Viruses

    Microbiology will accept all elective credit except those noted below:
    004:228 Mechanisms of Organic Reactions
    060:234 Medical Neuroscience (same as 132:234)
    072:153 Human Physiology
    132:180 Fundamental Neuroscience
    132:240 Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience 


    Molecular & Cellular Biology

    Fall

    142:220 Mechanisms of Cellular Organization  
    156:204 Biostatistics for Biomedical Research 
    099:243 Biophysical Chemistry Module 1:  Protein Structure, Stability, and Dymanics (if recommended by advisor) 
    156:201 Fundamentals of Gene Expression (if recommended by advisor)
    156:203 Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes (if recommended by advisor)
    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication*
     
    050:270 Principles of Scholarly Integrity* 
    156:302 Biosciences Research*

    Elective Courses:  3-4 sh from the approved Fall Electives (includes any 1 sh Fundamentals series courses: 156:201, 203 and 099:243 taken)

     

    Spring

    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication*
    142:215 Transcription and multi-functional regulation by RNA
    142:217 Epigenetic, Cancer and Genetic Manipulations in Mice 
     
    156:302 Biosciences Research*

    Elective Courses:   3-4 sh from the approved Spring Electives or those recommended by Molecular & Cellular Biology PhD Program

    MCB Students are required to fulfill a minimum of 18 sh of didactic course work including required and approved elective courses.  Following entry into the program, MCB Students also are required to take the following seminar and professional development classes:

    142:280 Topics in Molecular & Cellular Biology* 
    142:290 Seminar in Molecular & Cellular Biology*

    * These courses do not count towards the 18 sh of didactic course work requirement.

     


    Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

    Fall

    156:201 Fundamentals of Gene Expression
    156:203 Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes
    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication
    156:302 Biosciences Research

    Elective Choose any (1) from the approved Fall Electives or those recommended by the Physiology & Biophysics PhD Program

    Physiology & Biophysics recommendations:
    132:180 Fundamental Neuroscience
    142:220 Mechanisms of Cellular Organization
    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication
    156:302 Biosciences Research

    Elective Choose any (2) from the approved Spring Electives or those recommended by the Physiology & Biophysics PhD Program

    Physiology & Biophysics recommendations:

    132:181 Neurophysiology (odd yrs)
    142:215 Transcription and multi-functional regulation by RNA
    142:216 Chromatin structure and Disease
    142:217 Epigenetic, Cancer and Genetic Manipulations in Mice
    142:225 Growth Factor Receptor Signaling
    142:226 Cell Cycle Control
    142:227 Cell Fate Decisions

    Molecular Physiology & Biophysics will accept all elective credit except those noted below:

    002:233 Seminar Ecology  


    Neuroscience

    Fall

    156:201 Fundamentals of Gene Expression (Molecular Track)
    156:203 Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes (Molecular Track)
    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication
    156:302 Biosciences Research

    Elective Choose any (1) from the approved Fall Electives or those recommended by the Neuroscience PhD Program

    Neuroscience recommendations:
    031:278 Principles of Neurpsychology (Cognitive Track)

    Spring

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

    Elective Choose any (2) from the approved Spring Electives or those recommended by the Neuroscience PhD Program

    Neuroscience recommendations:
    132:240 Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
    132:234 Medical Neuroscience 


    Pharmacology

    Fall

    156:201 Fundamentals of Gene Expression
    156:203 Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes
    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication
    156:302 Biosciences Research

    Elective Choose any (1) from the approved Fall Electives or those recommended by the Pharmacology PhD Program

    Pharmacology recommendations:
    072:153 Human Physiology

    Spring

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

    Elective Choose any (2) from the approved Spring Electives or those recommended by the Pharmacology PhD Program

    Pharmacology recommendations:
    071:135 Principles of Pharmacology  


    Speech & Hearing Science

    Fall

    156:201 Fundamentals of Gene Expression
    156:203 Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes
    156:265 Biosciences Critical Thinking & Communication
    156:302 Biosciences Research

    Elective Choose any (1) from the approved Fall Electives or those recommended by the Speech & Hearing Science PhD Program

    Speech & Hearing Science recommendations:
    003:201 Principles of Voice Production
    003:251 Biophysics of Speech and Hearing (even years only)
    132:180 Fundamental Neuroscience
    051:170 Biomaterials and Implant Design

    Spring

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

    Elective Choose any (2) from the approved Spring Electives or those recommended by the Speech & Hearing Science PhD Program

    Speech & Hearing Science recommendations:
    003:256 Physiology of Hearing
    003:230 Advanced Hearing Science & Speech Perception
    051:177 Cell Material Interactions