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Coursework Requirements

The coursework requirements below are only those specific to the Genetics & Genomics Ph.D. and Master’s Programs in MCB. All students are referred to the Graduate School catalog and to Departmental information for other requirements that may apply. In addition to a foundation of knowledge in genetics and genomics (Category I), modern genetics research often requires integrative approaches that include concepts in biochemistry and structural biology (Category II), and cellular and developmental biology (Category III).

Ph.D. candidates and Masters by coursework (Masters Plan B) students in Genetics and Genomics must complete a total of 6 courses from the following list of core courses with a grade of B or higher, and at least one course must come from each of the three categories. This is the basic course requirement for the program, and will fulfill a portion (average 15-18 credits) of the total coursework credits required by the Graduate School. Most students will take additional courses beyond the required 6 to complete total credit requirements by the Graduate School.

All PhD students preparing a dissertation are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits, GRAD 6950/6960: Doctoral Dissertation Research.

Plan A Master’s plan of study need a minimum of 9 credits of GRAD 5950 Master’s Thesis Research and 15 credits of coursework chosen from the categories below.


recommended core courses are in bold

MCB 5426: Genetic Engineering & Functional Genomics (3)
MCB 5427: Laboratory Techniques in Functional Genomics (1)
MCB 5428: Theory and Practice of Forensic Identification Methods (1)
MCB 5429: Theory and Practice of High Throughput Sequence Analysis (2)
MCB 5432: Molecular Genetic Approaches to Developing Systems (2 units)
MCB 5445 Genome Dynamics and Epigenetics (3)
MCB 5449: Molecular Genetics (3 units)
MCB 5452: Problems in the Genetics of Eukaryotes (3)
MCB 5454: Molecular Aspects of Genetics (2)
MCB 5472: Computer Methods in Molecular Evolution (3)
MCB 5499: Genetics, Development and Evolution (2)

MCB 5012: Foundations of Structural Biochemistry (3)
MCB 5013: Structure and Function of Biological Macromolecules (3)
MCB 5015: X Ray Structure Analysis
MCB 5034: Human Metabolism and Disease (3)
MCB 5217: Biosynthesis of Nucleic Acids and Proteins (3)
MCB 5299: Structure and Function of Biological Membranes (3)

MCB 4219: Developmental Biol. (3)
MCB 5200: Cell Biology of the Mammalian Secretory Apparatus
MCB 5210: Molecular Endocrinology (3)
MCB 5240: Virology (3)
MCB 5243: Molecular Analysis of Development
MCB 5255: Cellular and Molecular Immunology (3)
MCB 5280: Advanced Cell Biology (3)

Additional Courses:

MCB 5899-01 Graduate Seminar
MCB 6000 Rotations in MCB Laboratories
MCB 6897 Research
MCB 5893 Special Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology

ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES (not all inclusive):

EEB 5348: Population Genetics (3)
EEB 5333: Evolutionary Developmental Biology
CSE 5800/ BME 5800: Bioinformatics (3)
CSE 5815: Systems Biology: Constructing biological knowledge base
CSE 5860: Computational Problems in Evolutionary Genomics
CSE 6800: Computational Genomics
CSE 5095 Special Topics in Computer Science and Engineering (3)
STAT 6425: Seminar in Applied Probability (max 6)