Curriculum overview

Curriculum overview

Students will be overseen by the Masters Committee of the BMB Department. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to stay in good standing in the College of Graduate Studies. 

The comprehensive exam is in two parts, consisting of an essay and an oral examination over topics presented in the required courses.  

Course requirements for both tracks

BMB 840 Seminar with Discussion, 4 credit hours (2 each semester)
IPBS 801 Fundamentals of Biomolecules, 3 credit hours
IPBS 802 Molecular Cell Biology, 2 credit hours
IPBS 803 Fundamentals of Receptors & Cell Signaling, 2 credit hour
BMB 815 Metabolism, 2 credit hours
BMB 915 Proteins & Nucleic Acids, 3 credit hours

Additional course requirements for thesis track

BMB 840 Seminar with Discussion, additional 4 credit hours (2 each semester enrolled)
BMB 899 Thesis Research

This track is full-time enrollment for a minimum of two years. Students may directly join a laboratory or rotate during the first semester of training.

Additional course requirements for non-thesis track

BMB 843 Laboratory Training  in BMB: Basic, 3 credit hours
BMB 844 Laboratory Training  in BMB: Advanced, 5 credit hours (variable credit course)

Electives: 6 credit hours (up to 5 can be additional hours of BMB 844)

Track may be completed in two years, part-time, or, for the dedicated student, in 11 months.

Example of courses per semester if the non-thesis track is completed in 11 months:

Semester one (fall)  

840 Seminar with discussion, 2 credit hours
IPBS 801 Fundamentals of Biomolecules, 3 credit hours
IPBS 802 Molecular Cell Biology, 2 credit hours
IPBS 803 Fundamentals of Receptors & Cell Signaling, 2 credit hour

Semester two (spring)  

840 Seminar with discussion, 2 credit hours
BMB 815 Metabolism, 2 credit hours
BMB 915 Proteins & Nucleic Acids, 3 credit hours
BMB 843 Laboratory Training in BMB: Basic, 3 credit hours
Elective, 1 credit hour

Eight-week summer session  

BMB 844 Laboratory Training  in BMB: Advanced, 6 credit hours

 

Second five-week summer session  

BMB 844 Laboratory Training in BMB: Advanced, 4 credit hours