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PhD in Biomedical Sciences Curriculum

PhD in Biomedical Sciences Curriculum

Most of the courses in the PhD program are taught every other year. The two mandatory didactic courses are taught each year. Examinations may include literature reviews, written exercises, essays or traditional exams. Students are required to attend a weekly journal club and seminars given by faculty members or invited speakers. Students also present seminars based on their research activities.

Students enrolled in the PhD program may choose courses from the veterinary curriculum listed below to fulfill their course prerequisites or to supplement their basic scientific knowledge if deemed necessary by the Thesis Advisory Committee and approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

  • BMS 102 – Physiological Chemistry
  • BMS 104 – Developmental Anatomy
  • BMS 109 – Immunology
  • BMS 112 – Veterinary Molecular Biology
  • BMS 122 – General Pathology
  • BMS 136 – Veterinary Histology
  • BMS 201 – Microbial Pathogenesis/Molecular Biology
  • BMS 203 – General Parasitology

Elective Courses

Most elective graduate courses are offered every other year with the exception of VET 657, which is offered every year.

  • BMS 609 – Toxicological Pathology
  • BMS 652 – Parasite Biology
  • BMS 655 – Epidemiology of Zoonotic Infections
  • BMS 656 – Advanced Molecular Biology
  • BMS 657 – Introduction to Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • BMS 658 – Advanced Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Response
  • BMS 659 – Principles of Biodefense

Mandatory Courses

The following courses must be taken by all PhD students. VET 603/604/605 and 607 are mandatory every year. Credit for these courses does not count toward the required 10 didactic credits.

The following mandatory courses, in addition to an advanced-level biostatistics course to be determined in consultation with the student’s advisory committee and the Graduate Program Manager, count toward the required ten didactic credits.

Elective Courses

Most elective graduate courses are offered every other year with the exception of VET 657, which is offered every year.

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