Biomedical Sciences, PhD Course Sequence

First-Year Core Curriculum

  • Fall Semester: Molecules to Cells, Molecular and Cellular Techniques, Introduction to the Laboratory, Cell Communication and Signaling, Molecular Genetics, Lab Rotation 1, Introduction to Research Literature
  • Spring Semester: Cell Energetics and Organ Function, Methods in Cell Energetics and Organ Function, Biometry, Lab Rotation 2, Lab Rotation 3, Oral Communication Forum, Bioinformatics, Scientific Writing and Research Design
  • Summer Session: Research

‌‌Second Year

  • Fall Semester: Methods & Logic in Translational Biology, Oral Communication Forum, Electives, Responsible Conduct in Science, Research
  • Spring Semester: Oral Communication Forum, Electives,  Research
  • Summer Session: Research

Third and Subsequent Years

This part of the curriculum consists of original dissertation research, writing of the dissertation, and the oral defense of the dissertation.

  • Fall Semesters: Oral Communication Forum, Research
  • Spring Semesters: Oral Communication Forum, Research
  • Summer Semesters: Research

Advanced Electives

This listing is a sample of advanced electives that may be chosen. Additional electives are developed based on the interests of students.


  • Introduction to Genomics and Bioinformatics (ODU)
  • Computational Biology (ODU)-
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Advanced Bioinformatics (ODU)
  • Practical Computing for Biology (ODU)
  • Data Management with SAS
  • Chromosome Biology and Human Disease
  • Writing Elective
  • Infectious and Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Comparative Anatomy and Physiology (online)
  • Developmental Biology (online)
  • Instructional Methods
  • Teaching elective
  • Organizational Management
  • Introduction Of Bioinformatics (ODU)
  • Advanced Molecular and Cellular Techniques*
  • Genomics and Microarray Technology*
  • Proteomics*

*Biotechnology MS Laboratory Courses, additional fee will apply
Not all courses are available each year.  Please inquire in the Program Office