Ph.D. Course Schedule

Tumor Biology doctoral students must complete 33 credits (26 credits of required courses and 7 credits of electives, with at least a B average); three different laboratory rotations; a comprehensive examination; a thesis proposal; a written dissertation; and a final oral defense.

Coursework is completed in the first two years of the program. Thesis research begins in the second year.

Transfer Credit/Advanced Standing: A Ph.D. student may make a written request for the transfer of credit for specific applicable courses or apply for advanced standing. Please speak with program leadership and review the policy on transfer credit and advanced standing.

M.D./Ph.D. students should consult the M.D./Ph.D. Course Schedule.

Year 1

Before July 1st, register for all Fall 1 and Summer 1 courses listed below for Health Insurance purposes.

Summer 1

Course NameCredit(s)
TBIO 9985 TBIO Lab – Rotation Summer0 (Pass/Fail)
TBIO 7120 Tumor Biology Student Seminar0
0 Credits

Fall 1

Course NameCredit(s)
BCMC 5001-01 Biochemical & Cellular Sciences 4
TBIO 6528 Modern Methods in Molecular Biology3
TBIO 6508 Cellular & Molecular Aspects of the Transformed Cell4
TBIO 6546 Resources for Cancer Research0
TBIO 9986 TBIO Lab Rotation – Fall 0 (Pass/Fail)
TBIO 7030 Current Topics in Cancer Research0 (Pass/Fail)
TBIO 7110 Tumor Biology Student Seminar0 (Pass/Fail)
Elective(s)3
14 Credits

Spring 1

Course NameCredit(s)
TBIO 6562 Survival Skills & Ethics for Science2
BCMC 5390 Molecular Cell Biology3
TBIO 6536 Cancer Pharmacology4
TBIO 9987 TBIO Lab Rotation – Spring0 (Pass/Fail)
TBIO 7040 Current Topics in Cancer Research0 (Pass/Fail)
TBIO 7120 Tumor Biology Student Seminar0 (Pass/Fail)
Elective(s)4
13 Credits

Year 2

Summer 2

Course NameCredit(s)
TBIO 9999-61 Thesis Research
or
TBIO 9985 TBIO Laboratory Rotation – Summer
0
or
0 (Pass/Fail)
0 Credits

Fall 2

Course NameCredit(s)
TBIO 6599 Practical Data Analysis & Experimental Design2
TBIO 7030 Current Topics in Cancer Research0 (Pass/Fail)
TBIO 7110 Tumor Biology Student Seminar0 (Pass/Fail)
TBIO 9999-03 Thesis Research
Students with fewer than 9 credits of coursework must register for TBIO 9999 Section 03 to maintain full-time status.
0
2 Credits

Spring 2

Course NameCredit(s)
BINF 5990 Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis2
TBIO 6588 Preparing a Scientific Paper2
TBIO 7040 Current Topics in Cancer Research0 (Pass/Fail)
TBIO 7120 Tumor Biology Student Seminar0 (Pass/Fail)
TBIO 9999-03 Thesis Research
Students with fewer than 9 credits of coursework must register for TBIO 9999 Section 03 to maintain full-time status.
0
4 Credits

Year 3 through Graduation

Summer 3

Course NameCredit(s)
TBIO 9999-61 Thesis Research0
0 Credits

Fall 3

Course NameCredit(s)
TBIO 7030 Current Topics in Cancer Research0 (Pass/Fail)
TBIO 7110 Tumor Biology Student Seminar0 (Pass/Fail)
TBIO 9999-01 Thesis Research
Students must register for TBIO 9999 Section 01 to enable automatic registration thereafter.
0
0 Credits

After Fall 3

Dissertation, Graduation and Commencement


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M.D./Ph.D. Program

A dual doctorate program designed for students interested in careers as physician-scientists.