Track Curriculum

Fall Semester – Year One

Semester Total: 12.5 credits

Spring Semester – Year One

Semester Total: 7 credits (Biotechnology Bundle available as elective)

Fall Semester – Year Two

Semester Total: 7 credits

Track Total: 26.5

Biotechnology Bundle

Spring Semester – Year One


  • Summer Semester – Year One (3 credits)
  • Fall/Spring Semester – Year Two (3 credits)

Bundle Total: 14 credits

Course Descriptions 

Molecules to Cells (2 credits)
The course provides a foundation in cellular and molecular biology, DNA and RNA structure and function, protein synthesis, and regulation of gene expression.

Molecular and Cellular Techniques (2 credits)
Lectures cover topics in molecular cloning and analysis, detection systems including PCR and real time PCR, working with proteins, basics of cell culture.

Introduction to the Laboratory Cell (2 credits)
Intensive laboratory course will introduce students to basic research techniques, including DNA purification, subcloning, polymerase chain reaction and cell culture methods.

Cell Communication and Signaling (3 credits)
This is a foundational course covering basic cell membrane functions, cell signaling, cell specialization, histology and immunology. 

Molecular Genetics (1.5 credits)
Molecular Genetics will teach students the key aspects of molecular genetics including the important concept of genetic dissection as well as mutational analysis of gene and pathway function.

Biomedical Sciences Lab Rotation (2 credits)
Students get hands-on laboratory experience in these lab rotations, with help from a pre-designated faculty member. The course is designed for students to sample different types of research models, techniques and subject matter.

Cell Energetics and Organ Function (3 credits)
This course integrates elements of cellular metabolism with organ system physiology. Students will gain an understanding of and critically discuss the cellular metabolic pathways required for normal function and the systemic organ function with a focus on human physiology.

Applied Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (3 credits)
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Oral Communication Forum (1 credit)
Students host seminar presentations in various research areas such as tumor biology, infectious diseases, immunology, molecular cell biology, cardiovascular and reproductive physiology, endocrinology and neuroscience. Journal articles describing major scientific advances are discussed and critiqued. This course is offered each year during the fall and spring semesters.

Method and Logic in Translational Biology (4 credits)
This is an advanced course that will emphasize the key elements required to successfully design and conduct translational projects. The course will serve as a bridge between basic research and the clinical manifestations of disease, and it will cover therapies of the future that are still under development.

Responsible Conduct in Science (1 credit)
This course features a series of lectures that expose graduate students to moral and ethical dilemmas in biomedical sciences. The course will also expose students to peer review processes related to submission of grants and manuscripts.

Scientific Writing and Research Design (3 credits)
Students learn how to design and write a realistic research proposal and gain a general understanding of how different techniques can be used to address a wide range of research questions. Students gain experience in small group presentation, evaluation and discussion of current scientific literature.

Bundle Courses

Advanced Molecular and Cellular Techniques (2 credits)
This course provides an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of research techniques commonly employed in research laboratories.

Microscopy and Imaging Techniques (2 credits)
This is a hands-on, technical course that will focus on developing microscopy and imaging skills. The course will provide basic instruction and practice in electron microscopy, confocal and fluorescence microscopy, immunofluorescence, and image analysis.

Proteomic Technologies (2 credits)
Laboratory course will give students an introduction to basic proteomic techniques, including 2D-gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry.

Flow Cytometry (2 credits)
Course covers basic knowledge and main applications of flow cytometry, and contains both lectures/tutorials and laboratory work. The students will learn: (1) Principles of flow cytometry: instrumentation for flow cytometry; probes for flow cytometry; quality control; and instrument maintenance. (2) Basic skills: flow cytometric protocol design; sample preparation; data analysis and presentation. (3) Major applications of flow cytometry in biomedical research and diagnostics.