Courses and Research Rotation

In their first year of graduate study, students rotate through three research labs. By the end of the first year, students select a faculty member as their dissertation advisor and select a research topic for their Ph.D. dissertation. Students will have take all the required courses and one selective course.

Required Courses

Semester Course Credit Hours
First semesterCHM 6036 Advanced Biochemistry I 3
CHM 6108 Biochemical Techniques 3
Second semesterCHM 6037 Advanced Biochemistry II 3
PCB 6025 Molecular and Cellular Biology II 3
Third semesterPCB 6027 Molecular and Cellular Biology I 3
CHM/BCH 6831 Introduction to Biochemical Research 3
Fourth semesterBSC 6930 Ethics, Publication, and Intellectual Property 3

Elective Courses

Course NumberDescriptionCredit Hours
BSC 6415 Animal Cells in Culture 3
BSC 6415L Animal Cells in Culture Lab 2
CHM 5302 Organic Chemistry of Nucleic Acids 3
CHM 5325 Physical Chemistry of Proteins 3
CHM 5351 Computer Modeling of Biological Molecules 3
CHM 5440 Kinetics and Catalysis 3
CHM 5503 Physical Chemistry of Nucleic Acids 3
CHM 5506 Physical Biochemistry 3
CHS 5536 Forensic DNA Chemistry 3
MCB 6935 Advanced Topics in Microbiology 3
PCB 5665 Human Genetics 3
PCB 5665L Human Genetics Lab 2
PCB 5725 Membrane Signal Transduction 3
PCB 5786 Membrane Physiology 3
PCB 6236 Comparative Immunology 3
PCB 6526 Advanced Molecular Biology 3
PCB 6566 Chromosome Structure and Function 3
PCB 6786 Membrane Biophysics 3
PCB 6935 Advanced Topics in Genetics 3

Workshops

Course NumberDescriptionCredit Hours
BCH 6130C DNA Synthesis & Amplification 1
BCH 6132C Electrophoresis 1
BCH 6133C DNA Sequencing 1
MCB 5315C Prokaryotic Cloning 2