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.
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.