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Cell and Molecular Biology - CAMB

Required Core Courses

There are two required core courses for CAMB students, Cell Biology (BIOM 600) and Gene Expression (BIOM 555). These courses train students in advanced, graduate-level concepts in cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology. The core courses are generally taken during the first year since they serve as a background for further course work and the preliminary examination. In addition to the core courses all first-year students are required to take the First Year Seminar Course. Students must also meet their program's course requirements within the prescribed 20 course units.

In the first semester, first-year Ph.D. students may not take elective courses and must do a 2 c.u. lab rotation. In the second semester, an additional elective course may be taken, if approved by the studentís program, with a 1 c.u. lab rotation. In the second year, students must take at least two courses/seminars each semester in addition to their laboratory research.

Exemptions and modifications

In rare circumstances a student may have sufficient background to be exempt from the core courses, for example, a student who has received a Master's Degree in an appropriate area of life sciences. Requests for exemption will be considered by the Program Chair and the Executive Committee and will require documentation from the student: grade transcripts plus descriptions and syllabi of courses taken. If approved, credits will be transferred. There will be no exemptions from the three laboratory rotations.

Typical Course Program

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer

Year  1

BIOM 600, 1 c.u.
1st Year Seminar, (CAMB 605), 1 c.u.
Lab Rotation, 2 c.u.
Total 4 c.u.

BIOM 555, 1 c.u.
Program Requirements or Electives, 1-2 c.u.
Lab Rotation, 1-2 c.u.
Total 4 c.u.

Lab Rotation,
2 c.u.

Year  2

Program Requirements and Electives, 2-3 c.u.
Lab research, 1-2 c.u.
Total 4 c.u.

Program Requirements and Electives, 2-3 c.u.
Lab research, 1-2 c.u.
Total 4 c.u.

Lab research, 2 c.u.

Year 3+

Dissertation Research

Dissertation Research

Dissertation Research