Cancer Biology Graduate Student Curriculum

Required BMS Core Courses

Course title Course number
Introduction to Nucleic Acids and Proteins BMS 601
Introduction to Cell Structure and Metabolism BMS 602
Regulation of Cell Function BMS 603
Cellular Basis of Disease BMS 604
Seminar BMS 680
Communication Skills for Biomedical Sciences I BMS 660
Communications Skills for Biomedical Sciences II BMS 661
Introduction to Research BMS 785
Responsible Conduct of Research BMS 644
Statistical Techniques for the Biomedical Sciences BMS 617
Research BMS 882

Required Research Cluster Courses

Please note that Cancer Biology is offered in the spring every other year. Cancer Colloquium is offered every semester.

Course title Course number Credit hours
Cancer Biology BMS 651 4
Cancer Colloquium BMS 652 1


Students are required to take a minimum of four hours of electives in areas agreed upon by their advisory committees. One of the strengths of the Cancer Biology research cluster is that it allows students to specialize according to their individual interests. Students have the opportunity to select from a wide variety of electives. For example, students in the cluster may have primary interests in infectious causes of cancer, or in altered communication pathways, or in epigenetic mechanisms in cancer.
The following are examples of courses that Cancer Biology graduate students have taken to support their training. Please consult the graduate catalog for a complete listing of all possible electives.


Course title Course number Credit hours
Molecular Signal Transduction BIC 643 3
Advanced Molecular Genetics BIC 638 3 (every odd-numbered year)