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 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 550: Genetic Principles
  • GCB 535:  Introduction to Bioinformatics or CAMB 714: 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 600
CAMB 605
Lab Rotation
BIOM 555
BIOM 611
CAMB 550
Two Lab Rotations
Lab Rotation or
Pre-Dissertation Research
Year 2 Electives
Pre-Dissertation Research
GCB 535 or CAMB 714
CAMB 695
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.

  • CAMB 483: Epigenetics
  • CAMB 485: The RNA World
  • CAMB 512: Cancer Biology and Genetics
  • CAMB 534: Modeling Human Disease in Animals
  • CAMB 608: Seminar in Regulation of Eukaryotic Gene Expression
  • CAMB 695: Scientific Writing
  • CAMB 713: Neuroepigenetics
  • CAMB 752: Genomics seminar
  • CIT 590: Programming Languages and Techniques
  • EPID 575: Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology
  • GCB 534: Experimental Genome Science
  • GCB 536: Computational Biology
  • GCB 577: Advanced Epigenetics Technology