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Our common core of classes, designed to give you a firm foundation in biomedical sciences while providing room for electives which complement your scientific interests, will prepare you for a career in the biomedical sciences. 

Year One

You will take your core courses and some initial electives. It is required for you to maintain a cumulative B average to remain in good academic standing.

Core Courses

  • BMSC 707 - Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences or BIOL 717 – Biological Chemistry or BMSC 754 – Biomedical Biochemistry I
  • BMSC 700 – Biomedical Science Interdisciplinary Laboratory I
  • BMSC 706 – Ethics in Biomedical Research
  • BMSC 801 – Seminar in Biomedical Science
  • BMSC 702 – Medical Cell Biology I or BMSC 708 - Human Cell and Molecular Biology for Biomedical Sciences or BIOL 714 - Advanced Cell Biology 


Year Two

For thesis track students, your coursework will be limited to your remaining electives and any core courses you didn't finish in your first year. This year is mainly dedicated to conducting research with your research mentor. You will be encouraged to submit work for publication and to attend conferences while preparing your research thesis.

Non-thesis track students will spend the second year taking any remaining core courses and electives in areas of scientific interest, and will complete their comprehensive exam.

Research Thesis

Your thesis can be original research that you conduct with your mentor based on a shared interest, or an original library-based literature review. Your thesis should be original and make a creative contribution to the current body of knowledge in biomedical sciences. You must successfully defend your thesis in order to graduate. 

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.