Curriculum

The Department has set up a curriculum geared to challenge students in their pursuit for knowledge. The curriculum is designed to emphasize basic skills and principles, and yet be sufficiently flexible to allow students to focus on different research areas.

Course Sequences: Below are examples of typical course sequences that would be taken by a BBSP student interested in either the Biochemistry or Biophysics track. Although sample courses are listed, our department offers and accepts many different classes as cores or electives. In the first year, students typically choose 2-3 courses in addition to satisfying BBSP course requirements. During the second year, students typically choose 2 or more courses to complete remaining course requirements. For more information, please review the degree and course requirements of our program.

BIOCHEMISTRY TRACK:

FIRST YEAR in BBSP

Fall Semester

  • Core - e.g. BIOC 631, 643, 706
  • Elective - e.g. BIOC 601, 722, 725 (or any other elective)
  • Required - BIOC 701 (can be taken in 2nd year)
  • Required - BBSP 901 (1st Rotation)
  • Required - BBSP 902 (First Year Group)

Spring Semester

  • Core - e.g. BIOC 632, 740-745
  • Elective - e.g. BIOC 655, 723, 738 (or any other elective)
  • Required - BBSP 901 (2nd & 3rd Rotations)
  • Required - BBSP 902 (First Year Group)

Summer - Join the Biochemistry and Biophysics Program

  • Participate in Summer Seminars - BIOC 715
  • Dissertation Research
SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester

  • Required - BIOC 701 (if not taken 1st year)
  • Core or Elective - e.g. BIOC 601, 643, 706, 722
  • Dissertation Research
  • BIOC 702 or noncredit TA (if not taken 1st year)

Spring Semester

  • Required - BIOC 712 (Grant Writing)
  • Core or Elective - e.g. BIOC 632, 655, 700, 723, 740-745
  • Doctoral Oral Exam Administered
  • Dissertation Research

Summer

  • Doctoral Written Exam Administered
  • Participate in Summer Seminars - BIOC 715
  • Dissertation Research
THIRD YEAR and BEYOND
  • Required - BIOC 715 (Oral Scientific Presentation)
  • Dissertation Research
  • Defend Research

 


BIOPHYSICS TRACK:

FIRST YEAR in BBSP

Fall Semester

    • Core (required) - BIOC 649, 650, 651
    • Core or Elective - e.g. BIOC 601
    • Required - BBSP 901 (1st Rotation)
  • Required - BBSP 902 (First Year Group)

Spring Semester

    • Required - BIOC 652, 704 (Seminar in Biophysics)
    • Core (required) - 3 modules form BIOC 653 - 674
    • Elective - e.g. BIOC 655 (or any other elective)
  • Required - BBSP 901 (2nd & 3rd Rotations)

Summer - Join the Biochemistry and Biophysics Program

    • Participate in Summer Seminars - BIOC 715
  • Dissertation Research
SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester

    • Elective - e.g. BIOC 631, 643, 733, 805
      (or any other elective)
  • Dissertation Research

Spring Semester

    • Required - BIOC 712 (Grant Writing)
    • Elective - e.g. BIOC 632 (or any other elective)
    • Doctoral Oral Exam Administered
  • Dissertation Research

Summer

    • Doctoral Written Exam Administered
    • Participate in Summer Seminars - BIOC 715
  • Dissertation Research
THIRD YEAR and BEYOND
    • Required - BIOC 715 (Oral Scientific Presentation)
    • Dissertation Research
  • Defend Research