Core Courses

All first year Basic & Biomedical Science (BBS) students engage in a Core Curriculum that provides foundational material for advanced graduate study and research in each of our 8 BBS programs of specialization. The Core Curriculum was founded on the premise that exposure to and immersion in an intensive course that surveys and debates contemporary topics in biochemistry, molecular genetics and cell biology prepares our students for the rigors of advanced biomedical research.

Biomedical Sciences Block I

Block I covers the biophysics of molecular interactions from thermodynamics through kinetics and examines the structures of water-soluble proteins, membranes, membrane-spanning proteins and nucleic acids. 
Catalog Number: BBS611 
Course Coordinator: David Lambright
Semester Offered: Every Fall

Biomedical Sciences Block II

Block II covers DNA replication, recombination and transcription, RNA processing, stability and translation, micro RNAs and RNAi, protein synthesis and degradation and genetic systems from bacteria through mice. 
Catalog Number: BBS612 
Course Coordinator: Paul Kaufman
Semester Offered: Every Fall

Biomedical Sciences Block III

Block III addresses cell structure and the flow of information and material between compartments and between the cell and its environment. 
Catalog Number: BBS613 
Course Coordinator: Peter Pryciak
Semester Offered: Every Spring

Reading, Analysis and Problem Solving

Each Biomedical Science Block includes lectures with exam-based evaluations and “Reading, Analysis and Problem Solving” (RAPS) sessions, which reinforce and expand on the principles described in lectures. 
Catalog Numbers: BBS611R, BBS612R, BBS613R 
Course Coordinator(s): David Lambright (Block I), Job Dekker (Block II), Peter Ptryciak (Block III)
Semesters Offered: Every Fall and Spring

Responsible Conduct in Research

Required of all students, this course provides participants the opportunity to explore some of the ethical, legal and societal issues involved in the responsible conduct of scientific research in the 21st century. Sessions will include discussions of cases and/or exercises of institutional and national policies, and short presentations by faculty, administrators, postdoctoral fellows and students. 
Catalog Number: BBS601 
Course Coordinator: Kendall Knight
Semesters Offered: Every Fall, Spring and Summer

Laboratory Rotation

Students are required to participate in at least three laboratory rotations during their first year in the program. They are intended to familiarize the students with the principles of scientific inquiry and the concepts and techniques of several scientific fields. They allow faculty members to observe and evaluate the research aptitudes of students and permit students to evaluate the types of projects that might be developed in to dissertation projects. 
Catalog Numbers: BBS850, BBS851 
Course Coordinator: Varies
Semester Offered: Every Fall, Spring and Summer

Communicating Science

Required for all students, this course instructs students in the skills of developing scientific research proposals. 
Catalog Number: BBS602 
Course Coordinator: Phillip Zamore
Semester Offered: Every Summer

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