Curriculum

Courses Required as Prerequisites

Course Number Course Semester Hours
BIOC:3110 or
BIOC 3120 and
BIOC:3130
(or equivalent)
Biochemistry 3-8 s.h.
  Organic Chemistry (2 semesters) 6-8 s.h.
  Fundamental Genetics 3-4 s.h.
  Introductory Physics, one year, college level 6-8 s.h.
  Calculus or Statistics, one year of either 6-8 s.h.

Courses Required for all Genetics Ph.D. Students

Course Number Course Semester Hours
GENE:6150 Genetic Analysis of Biological Systems 3 s.h.
BISC:5201 Fundamentals of Gene Expression 1 s.h.
BISC:5203 Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes 1 s.h.
BIOL:3172 Evolution or 4 s.h.
BIOL:4333 Genes and Development or 3 s.h.
GENE:7191 Human Molecular Genetics 3 s.h.
GENE:6200 Special Topics in Genetics (required of pre-comps students; counts toward 5 required seminar hours) 1 s.h.
GENE:6234 Basic Biostatistical Methods in Genetics Apps 1 s.h.
GRAD:7270 Principles of Scholarly Integrity 1 s.h.

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

Course Number Course Semester Hours
BIOL:3172 Evolution 4 s.h.
BIOL:4333 Genes and Development 3 s.h.
BIOL:3713 Molecular Genetics 4 s.h.
BME:5320 Bioinformatics Techniques 3 s.h.
ACB:6248 Critical Thinking in Development 1 s.h.
MICR:6268 Biology and Pathogenesis of Viruses 2 s.h.
BIOC:5243 Biophysical Chemistry Module I 1 s.h.
GENE:7191 Human Molecular Genetics 3 s.h.
GENE:6170 Bioinformatics 4 s.h.
GENE:5173 Computational Genomics 3 s.h.
NSCI:7235 Neurobiology of Disease 3 s.h.
MCB:6215 Transcription RNA 1 s.h.
MCB:6217 Epigenetics, Cancer & Mouse Models 1 s.h.
MCB:6220 Mechanisms of Cellular Organization 3 s.h.
MCB:6225 Growth Factor Receptor Signaling 1 s.h.
MCB:6226 Cell Cycle Control 1 s.h.
MCB:6227 Cell Fate Decisions 1 s.h.
BISC:5206 Biostatistics for Biomedical Research 1 s.h.
BISC:5205 Practical Bioinformatics 1 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 Number Course Semester Hours
ACB:6237 Critical Thinking in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1 s.h.
ACB:6238 Critical Thinking in Genetics 1 s.h.
ACB:6239 Critical Thinking in Cell Biology 1 s.h.
BIOL:5117 Topics in Molecular Genetics 1 -2 s.h.
BIOL:5127 Topics in Cell and Development 1 - 2 s.h.
BIOL:6118 Seminar in Writing in the Natural Sciences 2 s.h.
BISC:5265 Biosciences Critical Thinking and Communication 2 s.h.
BME:5020 Seminar in Bioinformatics 1 s.h.
GENE:6200 Special Topics in Genetics (required of pre-comps students) 1 s.h.

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

Course Number Course Semester Hours
GRAD:7270 Principles 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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