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Curricula

Students working on coursework in Jordan Hall of Science

The curriculum for students in the IBMS program is designed to be flexible and adaptable, allowing course selection to be tailored according to a student's background, areas of interest, and cluster affiliation. In their first academic year, students select courses in consultation with the director of their Research & Training Cluster. After the first year, courses are selected in consultation with a student's thesis advisor. 

Despite this flexibility, there are required common courses relating to the general conduct of biomedical research. These include a course encapsulating the research rotations and courses on critiquing scientific literature and delivering scientific presentations. Furthermore, each cluster has a recommended core curriculum (or in some cases, curricula). The recommended curricula continuously evolve as fields develop and the faculty roster changes.

The majority of graduate courses are small, with fewer than 20 students. Small courses provide a focused learning environment, permitting frequent interactions between professors and students.

Most students will have completed their coursework by the end of their second year. This ensures that more senior students are able to devote the majority of their time to research.

Current course offerings that are relevant to the IBMS program include:

  • ACMS 50573 - Mathematical and Computational Modeling
  • ACMS 50730 - Mathematical and Computational Modeling in Biology and Physics
  • ACMS 60640 - Mathematical Biology
  • ACMS 60960 - Numerical Analysis
  • BIOS 40414 - Stem Cell Biology
  • BIOS 60132 - Basic Computing for Bioinformatics
  • BIOS 60522 - Humans, Genes, and the Environment
  • BIOS 60530 - Immunobiology of Infectious Disease
  • BIOS 60531 - Molecular Biology I
  • BIOS 60532 - Molecular Biology II
  • BIOS 60539 - Advanced Cell Biology  I
  • BIOS 60540 - Advanced Cell Biology II
  • BIOS 60550 - Topics in Pathobiology
  • BIOS 60419 - Immunology
  • BIOS 60342 - Advanced Developmental Biology
  • BIOS 60570 - Tumor Cell Biology
  • BIOS 60575 - Topics in Developmental Biology
  • BIOS 60610 - Water, Disease, and Global Health
  • BIOS 60576 - Topics in Biocomputing
  • BIOS 60577 - Topics in Genetics/Molecular Biology
  • BIOS 60569 - Topics in Infectious Disease
  • CBE 40483 - Topics in Biomolecular Engineering
  • CBE 40487 - Drug Development and Mechanisms of Action
  • CHEM 50520 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • CHEM 60526 - Biochemical Equilibria
  • CHEM 60527 - Protein Structure and Folding 
  • CHEM 60528 - Biochemical Methods
  • CHEM 60529 - Enzyme and Coenzyme Mechanisms
  • CHEM 60531 - Hallmarks of Cancer & Therapy
  • CHEM 60533 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 60534 - Methods in Biochemistry  
  • CHEM 60536 - Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanisms
  • CHEM 60537 - Carbohydrates and Glycobiology
  • CHEM 60538 - Lipids and Membranes
  • CHEM 60539 - Metabolism and Cellular Biochemistry
  • CHEM 90628 - Signal Processing for Bioanalysis
  • CHEM 60542 - Molecular Pharmacology
  • CHEM 90628 - Practical Bioinformatics: Protein Structure & Function
  • CHEM 90628 - Data Analysis
  • CHEM 60650 - Computational Chemistry
  • CHEM 60639 - Bioinstrumental Methods/Analysis
  • CHEM 60540 - Signal Transduction
  • CHEM 60541 - Genomics and Proteomics
  • CHEM 60560 - Chemical Biology
  • CHEM 60630 - Intermediate Organic Chemistry 
  • CHEM 90639 - Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 90625 - Molecular Biophysics
  • CHEM 60641 - Statistical Mechanics I
  • CHEM 60649 - Quantum Mechanics I
  • CHEM 60634 - Structural Elucidation
  • CHEM 60635 - Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM 60680 - Biomedical Research Ethics
  • CHEM 90618 - Crystallography
  • CHEM 90652 - Molecular Spectroscopy
  • CHEM 90626 - NMR Spectroscopy in Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • CSE 60531 - Computational Biophysics and Systems Biology
  • CSE 60532 - Bioinformatics Computing
  • CSE 60674 - Data Mining and Pattern Recognition
  • CSE 60543 - Algorithms for Biological Networks
  • CSE 60884 - Complex Networks
  • IUSM 70604 - Pharmacology I
  • IUSM 70606 - Pharmacology II
  • PHYS 60410 - Patterns of Life
  • PHYS 70152 - Introduction to Network Sciences
  • PHYS 70400 - Introduction to Biophysics
  • PHYS 80401 - Biophysics
  • EE 67038 - Introduction to Systems Biology