Basic Coursework

Core Coursework: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics

3 credits of coursework in each of these three areas are required. CMB students can take any of a variety of graduate-level courses at the University to fulfill each of these subject requirements. The specific courses elected to fulfill these requirements are based on student's prior background and research interests to individualize coursework selections.

Additionally, 6 credits of elective courses are required. One of these courses must include a quantitative subject. Finally, continued participation in CMB student seminar course (CMB 850) and participation in a minimum of 4 CMB short courses (CMB 630) is required.

Research Responsibility

One credit (PIBS 503). This course is specifically designed for graduate students in biomedical sciences and includes lecture material with sample cases covering each of several broad major areas, including: data collection, storage and ownership, animal and human subjects, scientific misconduct, conflict of interest, women, minorities and cross-cultural issues in science, and gene and drug patenting.


Students choose 6 elective credits from a wide array of available graduate courses. Courses offered by PIBS programs are listed in the PIBS Curriculum Guide. Other University courses may be taken according to each student's interests.

For MSTP fellows, CMB recognizes the contribution of some medical school coursework to their graduate education and individualizes their curricula accordingly.