Core Courses

All first year Basic & Biomedical Science (BBS) students engage in a Core Curriculum that provides foundational material for advanced graduate study and research in each of our 8 BBS programs of specialization. The Core Curriculum was founded on the premise that exposure to and immersion in an intensive course that surveys and debates contemporary topics in biochemistry, molecular genetics and cell biology prepares our students for the rigors of advanced biomedical research.

Biomedical Sciences Block I

Block I covers the biophysics of molecular interactions from thermodynamics through kinetics and examines the structures of water-soluble proteins, membranes, membrane-spanning proteins and nucleic acids. 
Catalog Number: BBS611 
Course Coordinator: David Lambright
Semester Offered: Every Fall

Biomedical Sciences Block II

Block II covers DNA replication, recombination and transcription, RNA processing, stability and translation, micro RNAs and RNAi, protein synthesis and degradation and genetic systems from bacteria through mice. 
Catalog Number: BBS612 
Course Coordinator: Paul Kaufman
Semester Offered: Every Fall

Biomedical Sciences Block III

Block III addresses cell structure and the flow of information and material between compartments and between the cell and its environment. 
Catalog Number: BBS613 
Course Coordinator: Peter Pryciak
Semester Offered: Every Spring

Reading, Analysis and Problem Solving

Each Biomedical Science Block includes lectures with exam-based evaluations and “Reading, Analysis and Problem Solving” (RAPS) sessions, which reinforce and expand on the principles described in lectures. 
Catalog Numbers: BBS611R, BBS612R, BBS613R 
Course Coordinator(s): David Lambright (Block I), Job Dekker (Block II), Peter Ptryciak (Block III)
Semesters Offered: Every Fall and Spring

Professionalism and Research Conduct (PARC)

This is a required course for all 3rd year Basic Sciences students and all MD/PhD students entering doctoral study but who are not on the CPHR track. The PARC course helps to center our students in areas that are foundational to success in research - responsible data management, management of intellectual property, the ethical use of research subjects, recognizing and resolving conflicts of interest, professionalism in peer review and publishing, engaging mentors and career exploration and planning. The PARC course comprises faculty-led presentations and small group discussions with case studies and workshop material. An on line learning module (CITI training program comprising many case studies) is also included which must be completed before the end of the fall semester.
Catalog Number: BBS601
Course Coordinator: Anthony Carruthers
Semesters Offered: Every Fall

Laboratory Rotation

Students are required to participate in at least three laboratory rotations during their first year in the program. They are intended to familiarize the students with the principles of scientific inquiry and the concepts and techniques of several scientific fields. They allow faculty members to observe and evaluate the research aptitudes of students and permit students to evaluate the types of projects that might be developed in to dissertation projects. 
Catalog Numbers: BBS850, BBS851 
Course Coordinator: Varies
Semester Offered: Every Fall, Spring and Summer

Communicating Science

Required for all students, this course instructs students in the skills of developing scientific research proposals. 
Catalog Number: BBS602 
Course Coordinator: Phillip Zamore
Semester Offered: Every Summer

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