Courses Required as Prerequisites

Course NumberCourseSemester Hours
BIOC:3110 or
BIOC 3120 and
(or equivalent)
Biochemistry3-8 s.h.
 Organic Chemistry (2 semesters)6-8 s.h.
 Fundamental Genetics3-4 s.h.
 Introductory Physics, one year, college level6-8 s.h.
 Calculus or Statistics, one year of either6-8 s.h.

Courses Required for all Genetics Ph.D. Students

Course NumberCourseSemester Hours
GENE:6150Genetic Analysis of Biological Systems3 s.h.
BISC:5201Fundamentals of Gene Expression1 s.h.
BISC:5203Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes1 s.h.
BIOL:3172Evolution or4 s.h.
BIOL:4333Genes and Development or3 s.h.
GENE:7191Human Molecular Genetics3 s.h.
GENE:6200Special Topics in Genetics (required of pre-comps students; counts toward 5 required seminar hours)1 s.h.
GENE:6234Basic Biostatistical Methods in Genetics Apps1 s.h.
GRAD:7270Principles of Scholarly Integrity1 s.h.

Electives (8 s.h. chosen from the following) 2,3

Course NumberCourseSemester Hours
BIOL:3172Evolution4 s.h.
BIOL:4333Genes and Development3 s.h.
BIOL:3713Molecular Genetics4 s.h.
BME:5320Bioinformatics Techniques3 s.h.
ACB:6248Critical Thinking in Development1 s.h.
MICR:6268Biology and Pathogenesis of Viruses2 s.h.
BIOC:5243Biophysical Chemistry Module I1 s.h.
GENE:7191Human Molecular Genetics3 s.h.
GENE:6170Bioinformatics4 s.h.
GENE:5173Computational Genomics3 s.h.
NSCI:7235Neurobiology of Disease3 s.h.
MCB:6215Transcription RNA1 s.h.
MCB:6217Epigenetics, Cancer & Mouse Models1 s.h.
MCB:6220Mechanisms of Cellular Organization3 s.h.
MCB:6225Growth Factor Receptor Signaling1 s.h.
MCB:6226Cell Cycle Control1 s.h.
MCB:6227Cell Fate Decisions1 s.h.
BISC:5206Biostatistics for Biomedical Research1 s.h.
BISC:5205Practical Bioinformatics1 s.h.
  1. 1 Must satisfy this requirement during the first year as a graduate student. In exceptional cases, credit will be allowed at the discretion of the Graduate Affairs Committee for an equivalent advanced course taken previously.
  2. 2 Must be taken as a graduate student.
  3. 3 The same course cannot be used to satisfy a requirement in part B and the elective requirement in part C.
  4. 4 This course is recommended as a refresher and will not count toward the statistics requirement.
  5. 5 For purposes of this requirement, the same seminar course(s) cannot be repeated if taught by the same instructor(s) without special permission from the Curriculum Committee. Seminar course offerings are quire dymanic, so additional courses may be included each year at the discrection of the Curriculum Committee. Other seminar courses may be used to satisfy the seminar requirement when approved on a year-by-year basis by the Curriculum Committee. The Speacial Topics in Genetics course (GENE:6200/127:200) may be repeated multiple times provided the topics differs from previous times the course was taken.
  6. 6 This course (BISC:5265) is taken by students entering the program through the Biosciences program. A maximum of 2 sh of this course will count toward the seminar requirement.
  7. 7 This course (BME:5020) will only count once toward the seminar requirement.

Seminars (5 s.h. chosen from the following) 2, 5

Course NumberCourseSemester Hours
ACB:6237Critical Thinking in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology1 s.h.
ACB:6238Critical Thinking in Genetics1 s.h.
ACB:6239Critical Thinking in Cell Biology1 s.h.
BIOL:5117Topics in Molecular Genetics1 -2 s.h.
BIOL:5127Topics in Cell and Development1 - 2 s.h.
BIOL:6118Seminar in Writing in the Natural Sciences2 s.h.
BISC:5265Biosciences Critical Thinking and Communication2 s.h.
BME:5020Seminar in Bioinformatics1 s.h.
GENE:6200Special Topics in Genetics (required of pre-comps students)1 s.h.

Ethics Workshop (participation in this course is spread over two years)

Course NumberCourseSemester Hours
GRAD:7270Principles of Scholarly Integrity

Students will typically register for the Principles of Scholarly Integrity course in their first year. However, the course is set up so that it takes about 2 years to complete. There will be two workshops scheduled per semester.

1 s.h.

ESL Requirement for Foreign Students

Effective with students entering Fall 1997, all foreign students for which an English proficiency evaluation is required must pass to the "B" level on the "University Request for Evaluation for TA Certification" form by the end of their 2nd year. If the student does not, they will be considered to be making insufficient progress and can be terminated. They will need to petition to the Executive Committee to continue, but there will be no guarantee that they will be allowed to do so.

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