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School of Medicine Columbia


Our research-focused curriculum will give you the mentorship and access to state-of-the-art technology you need to conduct advanced biomedical research. During your time here, you'll be encouraged share your research through publications and conferences. 

You'll start your Ph.D. program with advanced courses in molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology. These courses will provide you with fundamental knowledge essential for research in the biomedical sciences. To earn your degree, you must complete at least 60 credit hours beyond your bachelor's degree. The exact number of credit hours is determined by the program with which your mentor is affiliated. You and your mentor will work together to determine which elective courses you should take depending your research interest and career goals.


Year 1

  • Complete core curriculum
  • TA assignments
  • Lab rotations

Molecular and Cell Biology Track

Fall Semester Core Curriculum

  • BIOL 711 / CHEM 751 – Nucleic Acids (3 hours)
  • BIOL 717 / CHEM 753 – Biochemistry (3 hours)
  • BMSC 706 – Ethics in Research (2 hours)
  • BMSC 700 – Interdisciplinary Laboratory (1 hour)

Spring Semester Core Curriculum

  • BIOL 718 – Metabolism (3 hours)
  • BIOL 714 – Cell Biology (3 hours)

Neuroscience Concentration

For students with a commitment to research in neuroscience, our program offers a neuroscience concentration. In the first year these students may take two fundamental neuroscience courses in addition to Ethics in Research, Interdisciplinary Lab, Biochemistry and Cell Biology courses. This program is designed to give students a thorough background in neuroscience that includes a strong foundation in cellular and molecular principles, but with a clear focus on integrating these principles into an understanding of physiological and behavioral endpoints.

Year 2 and Beyond 

Once you choose a lab, you'll work with your mentor to define your requirements. 


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