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BMS Core Curriculum

The first two years of study include the core curriculum listed below. In conjunction with course work in the first year, students rotate in 6-week blocks through 3 of the Program's participating research laboratories of the student's choice. This allows students to become more familiar with BMS research and faculty. Students should choose a Dissertation Advisor by the end of the second semester, but must choose a Dissertation Advisor by the end of the third semester. Students may choose to further specify their study by choosing an Area of Research Emphasis. Choosing a mentor within an area of research emphasis may add further requirements above and beyond the requirements set out by the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

FIRST YEAR

Fall-13 credits:
Cell Biology (current call BMSP 6070) - 3 credits
Biochemistry (current call GBCH 6010) - 4 credits
Seminar (current call BMSP 7140) - 1 credit
Research Methods (current call BMSP 7120) - 4 credits (2 for course, 2 for rotation)
Workshop (current call BMSP 7100) - 1 credit

Spring-14 credits:
Biostatistics (current call GBCH 7250) - 2 credits
Human Molecular Genetics (current call EPID 7810) - 3 credits
Systems Biology (current call BMSP 7770) - 3 credits
Seminar (current call BMSP 7150) - 1 credit
Research Methods (current call BMSP 7130) - 4 credits (2 rotations)
Workshop (current call BMSP 7110) - 1 credit

SECOND YEAR

Fall:
Seminar (current call BMSP 7140) - 1 credit
Workshop (option of either BMSP 7100 or another mentor focused workshop course, new call number to be determined) - 1 credit

Spring:
Seminar (current call BMSP 7150) - 1 credit
Workshop (option of either BMSP 7110 or another mentor focused workshop course, new call number to be determined) - 1 credit

Plus - At least 6 credit hours of didactic course work and 11 credit hours of Independent study/Research/Special Topics

A minimum of 48 credit hours of course work and research is required. All formal course work is to be completed within the first two years. Students may take Independent study (BMSP 799 or equivalent) for 1-6 credits per semester for a maximum  of 12 credits total during the first two years. The remaining hours of coursework are selected from the elective curriculum by the student in consultation with their advisor. Students wishing any deviation from the core curriculum must submit their request in writing the Steering Committee for approval.

Note: A minimum of nine credit hours per semester is required in order to maintain full-time status and eligibility for tuition waiver and stipend support.

Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5226 bms@tulane.edu