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Curriculum 

A. Research Requirement

IDPBS students are required to conduct an original, independent research project under the supervision of their Advisor (Mentor). The research project is a major component of the graduate curriculum, and serves as the basis of the dissertation, which reports the results of the investigation in relation to existing scientific knowledge. Students are expected to present portions of their dissertation research at regional, national or international scientific meetings, and publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals. Oversight of these activities is provided by the student's Mentor and / or Graduate Advisory Committee.

B. Course Requirements

IDPBS Students must meet all requirements specified in their approved program of study in order to obtain a degree. However, the student's Graduate Advisory Committee can elect to alter the approved program requirements when such changes are beneficial to the student. Recommended changes in the program of study are submitted in writing to the Program Director for review and approval. A program of study is prepared and submitted to the Program Director by the beginning of the third semester of study.

Core Curriculum

 

General Core

8 s.h.

BISC 8815/BIOL 8815/CHEM 8815/ Seminar (1 s.h., taken 3X)

3 s.h.

HUMS 7004 Humanities and Basic Medical Sciences

2 s.h

BIOS 7022 Biostatistics for Health Professionals 

 

or PSYC 6430 Statistics and Research Design

 

or PHAR 7777 Biometry

 

or BIOL 8900  Ecological Statistics 

3 s.h.

 

 

Molecular/Cellular Core (students must choose at least one of the following)

3-4 s.h.

BIOC 7301 Biochemistry I

4 s.h.

BIOC 7310 Molecular Biochemistry

3 s.h.

BIOL 7870 Molecular Genetics

3 s.h.

BIOL 7480/7481 Cell Biology

4 s.h.

ANAT 7202/MCBI 7410 Molecular Cell Biology 

4 s.h.

CHEM 7540 Biophysical Techniques for Studying Biological Structure

3 s.h.

 

 

Research Core

48 - 354 s.h.

BISC 8810/BIOL 8810/CHEM 8810 Methods and Techniques in Experimental Biology [Lab rotation]

3 - 6 s.h.

BISC 8830/ BIOL 8830/CHEM 8830 Introduction to Research, (a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 s.h.)

10-15 s.h.

BIOL/BISC/CHEM/PATH 9000 Dissertation Research 

30-36 s.h.

 

 

TOTAL Core

59-66 s.h.

 

 

Curriculum:  Biology

 

Required

7-9 s.h.

 

 

Advanced course in statistics (choose one from the following):

 

BIOS 7550 Applied Multivariate Analysis

3 s.h.

BIOS 7560 Nonparametric Statistical Methods

3 s.h.

BIOS 7501 Experimental Design I

3 s.h.

MATH 6802 Statistical Inference

3 s.h.

GEOG 6150 Quantitative Methods in Geography

3 s.h.

PHAR 7777 Practical Problems in Biometry

3 s.h.

 

 

Advanced topics courses (choose two from of the following):

 

BIOL 6030 Topics in Cell Biology

3 s.h.

BIOL 6120 Advances in Molecular Biology

2 s.h.

BIOL 6130 Advances in Developmental Biology

2 s.h.

BIOL 6220 Evolution: Topics for advanced students

3 s.h.

BIOL 6850 Advances in Ecology

2 s.h.

 

 

Electives (must complete 9-11 s.h. in order to attain a minimum of 18 s.h. for the concentration)

 

BIOC 7301 Biochemistry I

4 s.h.

BIOL 6040 Animal Behavior

4 s.h.

BIOL 6082 Fundamentals of Vertebrate Endocrinology

3 s.h.

BIOL 7090 Experimental Embryology

4 s.h.

BIOL 6210 Phylogenetic Theory

3 s.h.

BIOL 6700 Plant Physiological Ecology

2 s.h.

BIOL 6800 Population Ecology

3 s.h.

BIOL 6820 Systems Ecology

3 s.h.

BIOL 6900 Vertebrate Reproductive Biology

3 s.h.

BIOL 7010 Estuarine Ecology 

3 s.h.

BIOL 7020 Marine Biology

3 s.h.

BIOL 7170 Immunology

3 s.h.

BIOL 7215 Advanced Topics in Phylogenetic Theory

3 s.h.

BIOL 7360 Fisheries Management

3 s.h.

BIOL 7480 Cell Biology 

4 s.h.

BIOL 7870 Molecular Genetics

3 s.h.

MCBI 7440 Advanced Molecular Genetics

4 s.h.

MCBI 7400 Immunology and Virology

4 s.h.

 

 

Curriculum:  Biomedical Science

 

Required: One of these will have been taken as part of the core.

13-14 s.h.

MCBI 7400 Immunology and Virology

4 s.h.

OR BIOL 7170 Immunology

3 s.h.   

BISC 8810 Methods and Techniques

3 s.h.

BIOC 7301 Biochemistry I

4 s.h

BIOC 7310 OR BIOL 7870 Molecular Biology

3 s.h.

ANAT7202/MCBI 7410 Molecular Cell Biology OR BIOL 7480/1 Cell Biology 

4 s.h.

 

 

Electives (Must complete at least four s.h. from list excluding those for BISC 8820)

 

BISC 8820 Current Topics

2 s.h.

PATH 8800 Principles of Pathology

4 s.h.

PHLY 7701 Graduate Cellular Physiology

3 s.h.

PHLY 7702 Graduate Organ Systems Physiology

5 s.h.

PHLY 7704 Physiological Proteogenomics 

4 s.h.

NEUR 7000 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

3 s.h.

NEUR 7001 Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience

3 s.h.

MCBI 7440 Advanced Molecular Genetics

4 s.h.

MCBI 7450 Immunology

4 s.h.

BIOC 7345 Cell Motility

2 s.h.

BIOC 8320 Biochemistry II 

4 s.h.

CMED 7100 Animal Research Methods

2 s.h.

PHAR 7609 Introduction to Pharmacology

3 s.h.

PHAR 7610 Basic Mechanisms of Drug Action

3 s.h.

@ may be repeated for credit

 

 

 

Curriculum:  Chemistry

 

Required (choose 6 s.h. from the following, courses taken as part of theMolecular/Cellular core may not be counted towards this requirement)

 

BIOC 7301 Biochemistry I 

4 s.h.

BIOC 7310 Molecular Biochemistry

3 s.h.

CHEM 7520 Pharmaceutical Analysis

3 s.h.

CHEM 7530 Medicinal Chemistry

3 s.h.

CHEM 7532 Organic Synthesis

3 s.h.

CHEM 7540 Biophysical Techniques for Studying Biological Structure

3 s.h.

CHEM 7541 Biomolecular Modeling Techniques and Applications

3 s.h.

 

 

Electives (must complete a minimum of 9 s.h. courses taken as part of the other requirements may not be counted for elective credit)

 

CHEM 7520 Pharmaceutical Analysis

3 s.h.

CHEM 7530 Medicinal Chemistry

3 s.h.

CHEM 7532 Organic Synthesis

3 s.h.

CHEM 7540 Biophysical Techniques for Studying Biological Structure

3 s.h.

CHEM 7541 Biomolecular Modeling Techniques and Applications

3 s.h.

CHEM 7522 Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) Methods

3 s.h.

CHEM 7993 Pharmaceutical Internship (maximum of 6 s.h.)

3 s.h. @

PHAR 7610 Basic Mechanism of Drug Action

3 s.h.

BIOC 7301 Biochemistry I

4 s.h.

BIOC 7310 Molecular Biochemistry

3 s.h.

BIOC 8305 Physical Biochemistry 

2 s.h.

BIOC 7310 Molecular Biology

3 s.h.

CHEM 8820 Current Topics in Biological Chemistry

2 s.h.@

CHEM 8830 Current Topics in Biological Chemistry

3 s.h.@

BIOL 7170 Immunology

3 s.h.

BIOL 7480 Cell Biology

4 s.h.

BIOL 7870 Molecular Genetics

3 s.h.

MCBI 7440 Advanced Molecular Genetics

4 s.h.

MCBI 7400 Immunology and Virology

4 s.h.

@ May be repeated for credit.

 


Dissertation Research, PATH/BIOL/CHEM 9000, is required each semester from candidacy until the final dissertation has been submitted. Credit is given for up to six repetitions of PATH/BIOL/CHEM 9000 (18 units). The Ph.D. degree requires 72 units, 40 of which must be completed by the end of the semester in which the student is admitted to candidacy.