Students are required to take six core courses and at least one advanced elective course. Most courses are conducted in small groups, providing excellent opportunities for in-depth interactions between students and faculty. Additionally, students are encouraged to take courses to develop professional skills and grant writing workshops tailored to specific funding agencies.

Required Courses

  • Mechanisms of Human Disease I (PATH G6003)
  • Biochemistry, Molecular, Cell Biology I (BCHM G6300)
  • Biochemistry, Molecular, Cell Biology II (BCHM G6301)
  • Statistics for Basic Sciences (PHAR G8012)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research and Related Policy Issues (CMBS G4010)
  • How to Make a Drug? (PHYS G6003)

Popular Elective Courses

  • Molecular Biophysics (BCHM 4250)
  • Principles of Developmental Biology (GEND G4027)
  • Cellular & Molecular Biology of Cancer (PATH G4500)
  • Mechanisms of Human Disease II (PATH G6004)
  • Structure and Function of Membrane Channels (PHAR G4600)
  • Diffraction Analysis
  • Other courses

Suggested Timeline for Coursework

First Year

Fall Semester

  • Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms in Human Disease I
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I

Spring Semester

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • How to Make a Drug?
  • Advanced Elective

Spring Semester

  • Responsible Conduct of Research and Related Policy Issues
  • Statistics for Basic Sciences


While there are no formal teaching requirements, opportunities are available for teaching or acting as a teaching assistant in undergraduate and graduate courses.