Curriculum

Effective Fall 2012, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester.

Refer to the GDBBS Course Listing for general course information such as the course description, prerequisites, instructor, and when it is offered.

Refer to OPUS for current course information such as the course topic, meeting time and location, and enrollment capacity.

Coursework Schedule

Click here to download the GMB Coursework Schedule for PhD students who entered in 2015 or prior. 

Click here to download the GMB Coursework Schedule for PhD students who entered in 2016 or later.

Click here to download the GMB Coursework Schedule for MD/PhD students.

GMB T32 Trainees

During their graduate career (preferably in the second year) all T32 trainees must take one course from the courses listed below. This requirement ensures that trainees receive additional breadth in their foundation training, specifically in an area of quantitative biology and/or bioinformatics.
  
IBS 574: Introduction to Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (Spring); credit 4 hrs. This newly designed course is aimed at developing the skills necessary to examine, analyze, and use the many new databases that are available for genetics research. Course topics include: introduction to sequence analysis and database searching; derivation of protein structure from sequence, and drug design. As a strongly recommended elective, nearly all GMB students have taken this course.
  
BIOS 505: Statistics for Experimental Biology (Spring); credit 4 hrs. This course introduces the most frequently used statistical methods in biological sciences, including linear regression, ANOVA, logistic regression, and nonparametric methods. The material covered in BIOS 503 will be briefly reviewed. Students will learn the statistical skills necessary to read scientific articles in their fields, to do simple analyses on their own, and to be good consumers of expert statistical advice. 
  
IBS 593: Molecular Evolution (Spring); credit 4 hrs. This courses teaches the interaction between molecular biology and evolutionary biology, considering molecular evolution as both process and pattern. 
  
IBS 736: Genetic Epidemiology (Fall); credit 3 hrs. This course includes: scope of genetic epidemiology, basic concepts of genetics, application of genetic concepts to epidemiology, epidemiologic aspects of genetic traits, genetic approaches to familial aggregation, linkage analysis, multipoint linkage analysis and gene ordering, disease loci and epidemiological approaches to familial aggregation.
  
Additional courses that can fulfill the requirement include: 
IBS 591: Population Biology and Evolution of Disease (Spring); credit 4 hrs.
IBS 592: Quantitative Methods in Population Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution (Spring); credit 4 hrs.
IBS 594: Evolutionary Biology (Fall); credit 4 hrs.
Other courses may be supplemented with the permission of the T32 Director.