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BCB Program Curriculum

Fall Year 1

GS21 1017 Foundations of Biomedical Research  (7 units)

GS21 1051 Ethical Dimensions Biomedical Sciences (1 unit)

GS00 1514 Tutorial Research Experience (1 unit)

Spring Year 1

GS03 1023 Current Methods in Biochemistry and Cell Biology (3 units)

GS13 1024 Molecular Basis of Cell Signaling (3 units)

GS00 1514 Tutorial Research Experience (1 unit)

Summer Year 1

GS00 1520 Research in Biomedical Science (1 unit)

Fall Year 2

GS04 1751 Design and Delivery of Advanced Research Seminar Course (1 unit)

GS12 1051 Seminars in Life Sciences (0.5 unit)

GS12 1011 BCB Work in Progress -- Required for all BCB students every semester  (1 unit)

GS00 1520 Research in Biomedical Science (1 unit)

Spring Year 2

GS12 1051 Seminars in Life Sciences (0.5)

GS12 1011 BCB Work in Progress -- Required for all BCB students every semester (1 unit)

GS00 1520 Research in Biomedical Science (1 unit)

Summer Year 2

GS03 1111 Scientific Writing for Grant Proposals  (1 unit)
[any GSBS-approved writing course may be substituted in a different semester, prior to candidacy exam]

Prior to Candidacy Exam

Two 1-unit electives (any elective approved for credit by GSBS, including approved courses around TMC)

Years 3+

 Take candidacy exam.


GS12 1011
 BCB Work in Progress -- Required for all BCB students every semester

GS00 1520 Research in Biomedical Science 

Note: Course titles changed in Fall 2017 for GS03 1023, GS04 1751, GS12 105

MD/PhD requirements

BCB Curriculum Requirements for MS and MD/PhD Students

(Approved by the BCB Faculty March 2019; revised June 24 2019)

 

Masters Students

BCB requirements for the GSBS MS degree with a concentration in BCB:

In addition to GSBS degree requirements, students electing to obtain a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will be required to take:

  1. GS03 1023 Current Methods in Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  2. GS13 1024 Molecular Basis of Cell Signaling 

 

MD/PhD Students

(BCB specific courses in bold):

  1. GS03 1023 Current Methods in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

If a student elects instead to take a different GSBS-approved quantitative course, a brief justification should be submitted to the BCB Program Director for waiver approval.

  1. GS13 1024 Molecular Basis of Cell Signaling (3 units)
  2. GS12 1011 BCB research in progress (each semester) (1 unit)
  3. Minimum of one 1-credit hour elective
  4. GS21 1051 Ethical dimensions of biomedical sciences (required MD/PhD course)
  5. Scientific writing course: GS03 1111  Scientific Writing for Grant Proposals (suggested) (1 unit)

Offered in summers; students may elect to take a different GSBS-approved writing course, prior to the candidacy exam, without program approval

  1. Seminars: GS21 1611 Topics in molecular medicine (required MD/PhD course)