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General Curriculum

First Semester

The first semester of study is required for all students and consists of four basic components:
An integrated lecture course with associated small group discussions which together cover the “Fundamentals of Biomedical Science”. This core course is designed to prepare students for study in any one of the advanced concentrations and at the same time provide training which is sufficiently broad to accommodate a diversity of careers in virtually any branch of modern biomedical science This course covers the fundamentals of:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cellular Structure and Signaling

A practical course consisting of a series of lectures on “Essentials of Graduate Research and Professional Development”. Essentials of Graduate Research and Professional Development is designed to help new graduate students begin their research careers with some practical knowledge and an understanding of the issues that will increase their chances for a successful graduate education and professional career in the biomedical sciences. The course covers professionalism, use of the University libraries, radiation safety, biosafety, ethics, and career opportunities.

Laboratory rotations

The rotations consist of short research projects in a student chosen laboratory. The purpose of the rotations is to enable the student to become well acquainted with individual faculty members and other members of the lab, including graduate students, to learn about the research projects, , to acquire some research techniques and skills, and to establish a basis for selecting a major professor.
A seminar program. Students and faculty attend a presentations by basic or clinical scientist from another universities or from industry. The seminar is intended to provide current exposure to high quality biomedical research.

Second Semester

At the end of the first semester, students can begin to associate with an advanced concentration by enrolling in courses tailored to their specific interests. Course work in the second semestedsemester will be determined by the requirements of the advanced concentration.
For more detailed information about the IDP graduate program curriculum, please visit the main IDP website. .