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Curriculum

The Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology supports students as they engage in self-directed discovery. In this program, you will develop a foundation in experimental biology through our comprehensive academic program. The program features a combination of core, skill, and focus coursework, followed by independent, hands-on exploratory research. See below for the comprehensive course list.

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Foundation Courses

  • Graduate Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell

Skill Courses

  • Experimental Design
  • Scientific Writing
  • Critical Readings in Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Quantitative Methods

Focus Courses

  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience (Fall 1st year)
  • Neuroanatomy or Cell Culture & Stem Cells (Fall 2nd year)
  • Neurophysiology or Biomolecular Interactions (Spring 1st or 2nd year) 
  • Graduate Genetics or Neuropharmacology & Behavior (Spring 1st or 2nd year)

Additional Required Courses

  • Responsible Conduct in Research Training
  • Laboratory Rotations
  • Advanced Graduate Research
  • Thesis Research/Ph.D.