Students entering through any of the eight themes in the Graduate Biomedical Sciences will have several common courses throughout their first year, including basic biosciences, biostatistics, and ethics. Intermingled with these common courses will be theme-specific courses. Lab rotations (3) are unique to the individual, although everyone's rotations begin and end at the same time. Click here for an overview.


For the students entering in Fall 2015, the tentative lab rotation schedule is as follows:

  • 1st Lab Rotation - 24 August through 18 November 2015
         Poster Session - 18 November
  • 2nd Lab Rotation - 19 November through 1 March 2016
         Poster Session - 1 March
  • 3rd Lab Rotation - 2 March through 26 May 2016
         Poster Session - 26 May

NOTES: Students making a C or lower (considered a failure) in any course must retake and pass the course the following year. Any student receiving two C's (or more) are subject to being dismissed by the program.


All students in the GBS themes take three basic core courses, which meet M-F, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., in BBRB 170:

GBS 707 - Basic Biochemistry and Metabolism
11 August 2015 - 21 September 2015      

GBS 708 - Basic Genetics and Molecular Biology
22 September 2015 - 2 November 2015

GBS 709 - Basic Cell Organization
3 November 2015 - 18 December 2015

Neuroscience students also take GBS 734 - Neuro Historical Lit Journal Club during Fall Semester. JC usually meets on Friday afternoons.



Spring Semester is still being finalized as of April 2015.




Neuroscience students will also attend the Student Summer Seminar Series (GBS 737), each Thursday at 1:30 p.m., May-September. In this seminar series, (for 2014 the dates were May 8-July 24) advanced neuroscience students from across campus present their research work in a professional seinar setting. Each week, two students present to faculty and fellow students to gain valuable experience in this important component of scientific work.

Other coursework requirements are being finalized as of April 2015.


GRD 717 - Bioethics (required for all GBS students beginning their 2nd year; meets Friday afternoons)

BY 755 - Biometry (stats course that meets Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 2-3pm)

Other advanced program academic requirements:

    • Seminar every semester (GBS 737 every summer semester)
    • Journal club every semester
    • 3 advanced courses chosen by the student and permanent mentor
    • Year-End Assessment (written and oral) in the summer of first year
    • Thesis committee formed early during second year
    • Defense of thesis proposal between October and March of student's third year (official Qualifying Exam)