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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies Biomedical Core Curriculum

The core curriculum is a comprehensive interdisciplinary program of study for all first year research intensive MS and PhD degree students in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs. The goal of the core curriculum is to provide a broad foundation in biomedical sciences and serve as a framework for advanced study in more specialized areas. The core curriculum courses include: Molecular Structure and Metabolism; Cells to Systems; Biostatistics; Responsible Conduct of Research; and the LEAP – Professional Development Series.

Classes will involve a series of interactive, interdisciplinary small group discussions on selected topics preceded by lecture based resource sessions to facilitate discussion.


During the fall semester, the Molecular Structure and Function course will cover topics in biochemistry, molecular structure, metabolism, molecular biology and genetics.

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During the spring semester, the Cells to Systems course will cover topics in cell biology, cell signaling, cell cycle and integrated systems. Several topics are integrated into more than one lecture, but in each case, the material is approached from a different perspective.

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Conference sessions will be held throughout the year to provide an opportunity to integrate lecture material and to apply knowledge to solve problems, generate hypotheses, design experiments and interpret experimental data.

The final section of the spring course will focus on the integration of molecular and cellular biological functions in the intact organism. The primary emphasis will be on how a given biological system or process functions through the integration of events at the molecular, cellular and systems levels.

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Students in the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies viewing slides under a microscope.