Biochemistry and Cancer Biology Curriculum

Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology
In addition to the School’s general requirements for admission (hyperlink), participants in the Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology are recommended to also have taken the following
undergraduate courses:

•    General Chemistry, one year
•    Analytical Chemistry, one semester
•    Organic Chemistry, one year
•    Physical Chemistry, one year
•    Physics, one year
•    Biology, two years
•    Mathematics through Integral Calculus

Course Requirements for the Program in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology

DR: Departmental Required Course
DE: Departmental Elective Course

First Year: Core Curriculum
Second Year: Fall Semester
  Name of Course # Credit Hours
  Cancer Biology I (DR)   
Membrane Biochemistry (DR)    
Biochemical Basis of Human Disease (DR)   
Directed Studies in Cytokines (DR)   
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry (DR)
Directed Studies [Faculty] (DE)
Research (DR)
Seminar Course (DR)
3
3
3
2
3
1-3
4-12
1
Second Year: Spring Semester
  Molecular Genetics (DR)    3
Metabolic and Cellular Regulation (DR)    3
Research (DR)    4-12
Seminar Course (DR)    1
Directed Studies–Cancer Biology II (DE)    2
Radiation Biology (DE), Vanderbilt    2
Molecular Bioimaging (DE), Vanderbilt    3
Advanced Cell Signaling (DE)    3
Other Elective Courses, MMC or VU    Varies
3
3
4-12
1
2
2
3
3
Second Year: Summer Semester
   Research (DR) 6
     
Third Year: Fall Semester
  Research (DR)    
Preparation of Ph.D. Candidacy Proposal Seminar
4-12
1
Third Year: Spring Semester
  Research   
Ph.D. Candidacy Exam Seminar  
4-12
1
Third Year: Summer Semester
  Research (DR)
Ph.D. Candidacy Exam
6
     
Subsequent Years
Fall

Spring

Summer
Research (DR)
Seminar
Research (DR)
Seminar
Research (DR) 
4-12
1
4-12
1
6