Genetics and Epigenetics Academics

G&E students typically complete their degree in 5 - 6 years.  Students complete coursework and a thesis proposal-based Preliminary Exam within Years 1 and 2. Years 3+ are spent primarily on thesis research, supplemented by a variety of seminars and other activities that promote scientific interactions and continued development of communication and other career-relevant skills. After successfully passing the prelim exam, trainees become eligible for GEN-TG support.

Requirements | Typical Timetable | Suggested Electives

Requirements for students in the G&E program
  • General CAMB Requirements
    • BIOM 5550: Regulation of the Genome
    • BIOM 6000: Cell Biology & Biochemistry
    • BIOM 6100 (or the equivalent): Data Analysis for Life Sciences
    • CAMB 6050 (PhD only): Cell and Molecular Biology First Year Seminar
    • BIOM 5100 (MD/PhD Combined Degree only): Case Studies in Translational Research
    • CAMB 5420 (Combined Degree only): Topics in Molecular Medicine
  • CAMB 5500: Genetic Principles
  • GCB 5350:  Introduction to Bioinformatics or CAMB 7140: DIYtranscriptomics
  • 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 G&E Catalog page.

Requirements | Typical Timetable | Suggested Electives

Typical G&E Course Timetable
  Fall Spring Summer
Year 1 BIOM 6000
CAMB 6050
Lab Rotation
BIOM 5550
CAMB 5500
Two Lab Rotations
Lab Rotation or
Pre-Dissertation Research
Year 2

GCB 5350
BIOM 6100
Pre-Dissertation Research

CAMB 7140(if didn't take GCB 535)
CAMB 6950
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 G&E leadership and faculty when choosing electives.