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Systems Biology and Physiology Graduate Program

Course Schedule

The course of study in the graduate program in Systems Biology and Physiology (PhD track or MSTP track) is intended to be highly flexible and tailored to the needs of the student. Required coursework is intended to provide students training in both physiology and systems biology at an advanced level of understanding. 

Elective graduate-level courses are offered in departments across the University and should be utilized to supplement any perceived gaps in the student’s academic preparation as well as providing a strong theoretical foundation and practical toolkit with which to conduct doctoral dissertation research.  

PhD Track

Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

1

Human Physiology (4)

Molecular and Cellular Biology (4)

Journal Club and Seminar (1)

Introduction to Research (lab rotations)

Statistics and Experimental Design for the Biomedical Sciences (3)

Computational Systems Biology (2)

Ethics in Research (1)

Journal Club and Seminar (1)

Electives (Graduate Level 6000+)

Introduction to Research (lab rotations)

Introduction to Research (lab rotations)

  • Form Dissertation Committee
  • Qualifying Exam Part I

 

2

Introduction to Functional Genomics (3)

Professional Development in Biomedical Research (2)

Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences (2)

Journal Club and Seminar (1)

Introduction to Research or Research Dissertation (mentored training)

Data Science for Biomedical Research (3)

Academic Survival Skills (3)

Journal Club and Seminar (1)

Electives (Advanced Courses)

Introduction to Research or Research Dissertation (mentored training)

Research Dissertation (mentored training)

  • Qualifying Exam Part II

 

3–5

Journal Club and Seminar (1)

Research Dissertation (mentored training)

Journal Club and Seminar (1)

Research Dissertation (mentored training)

Research Dissertation (mentored training)

By the end of year 5:

 

  • Defend Dissertation
  • Public Defense
  • Submit Dissertation to Graduate School

 



 Number of graduate credit hours are shown in parentheses.

 

MSTP Track

Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

1

Introduction to Functional Genomics (3)

Professional Development in Biomedical Research (2)

Journal Club and Seminar (1)

Research Dissertation (mentored training)

  • Form Dissertation Committee

Statistics and Experimental Design for the Biomedical Sciences (3)

Computational Systems Biology (2)

Ethics in Research (1)

Journal Club and Seminar (1)

Electives (Graduate Level 6000+)

Research Dissertation (mentored training)

 

Research Dissertation (mentored training)

  • Qualifying Exam Parts I and II

2

Journal Club and Seminar (1)

Electives (optional)

Research Dissertation (mentored training)

 

Journal Club and Seminar (1)

Electives (optional)

Research Dissertation (mentored training)

 

Research Dissertation (mentored training)

3

Journal Club and Seminar (1)

Research Dissertation (mentored training)

Journal Club and Seminar (1)

Research Dissertation (mentored training)

Research Dissertation (mentored training)

By the end of year 3:

 

  • Defend Dissertation
  • Public Defense
  • Submit Dissertation to Graduate School

 



 Number of graduate credit hours are shown in parentheses.