Curriculum, Rotations, and Seminars

During the first year, students take an integrated curriculum that forms the foundation of their graduate training. The core curriculum consists of four courses:

  • BRTP 821: Macromolecular Structure and Function (PDF)*
  • BRTP 822: The Cell and Gene Regulation (PDF)*
  • BRTP 823: Molecular Cell Biology (PDF)*
  • BRTP 824: Cell Signaling (PDF)*

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During the first year, students usually perform research rotations in four laboratories. The curriculum, along with research rotations, provides the first year student with a strong, multidisciplinary foundation that is important for success in modern biomedical research. In addition, students can attend a wide variety of regularly scheduled seminars given by research scientists visiting UNMC.

Subsequent Training

After the first year, students then complete the curriculum of the selected department. Additional course requirements depend upon the interests and goals of the student and are defined on an individual basis by the student's Supervisory Committee. A comprehensive examination is required for admission to Ph.D. candidacy. After the second year, students spend most of their time performing the Ph.D. thesis research project. The Ph.D. is awarded upon the successful completion of the thesis research dissertation. 

Career Preparation

To better prepare students for careers in academia and business, UNMC offers additional, specialized training through the Business for Bioscientists Certificate Program and the Teaching Proficiency Program.