Cancer Biology Academics

Requirements | Typical Timetable | Suggested Electives

Requirements for students in the CB program
  • General CAMB Requirements
    • BIOM 555: Regulation of the Genome
    • BIOM 600: Cell Biology & Biochemistry
    • BIOM 611 (or the equivalent): Biologic Data Analysis
    • CAMB 605 (PhD only): Cell and Molecular Biology First Year Seminar
    • BIOM 510 (Combined Degree only): Case Studies in Translational Research
    • CAMB 542 (Combined Degree only): Topics in Molecular Medicine
  • CAMB 512: Cancer Biology and Genetics
  • Two of the following Required Cancer Biology courses:
    • CAMB 530: The Cell Cycle, Genome Integrity and Cancer
    • CAMB 701: Tumor Microenvironment
    • CAMB 704: Stress Responses and Metabolism in Cancer
      (Alternate courses can be taken with the approval of the program chair)
  • Two electives chosen from any relevant CAMB or BGS Courses and Curricula offerings, depending on interest and background.

This information can also be found on the CB Catalog page.

Requirements | Typical Timetable | Suggested Electives

Typical CB Course Timetable
  Fall Spring Summer
Year 1 BIOM 600
CAMB 605
CAMB 512
Lab Rotation
BIOM 555
BIOM 611
CAMB 512
Two Lab Rotations
Lab Rotation or
Pre-Dissertation Research
Year 2 CAMB 530/CAMB 704/
CAMB 701
Pre-Dissertation Research
Two Electives
Pre-Dissertation Research
Preliminary Examination
Dissertation research
Year 3+ Dissertation research Dissertation research Dissertation research

Requirements | Typical Timetable | Suggested Electives

Suggested Elective Courses

Whereas any CAMB courses can be used to fulfill elective requirements (depending on the student's interests and background), the following courses are likely to be of particular relevance. Students will receive guidance from CB leadership and faculty when choosing electives.

  • CAMB 486 (BIOL 486): Cell division and mitotic spindles
  • BMB 585: Wistar Institute Cancer Biology Course: Cell Cycle Checkpoints
  • CAMB 608: Regulation of Eukaryotic Gene Expression
  • CAMB 610: Molecular Basis of Gene Therapy
  • CAMB 697: Biology of Stem Cells