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BCM - Baylor College of Medicine

Giving life to possible

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Core Curriculum

Term 1 (August-September)

Genetics A - Mechanisms of inheritance of genetic information (2 term hr) 
Molecular Methods - Current methods in molecular biology (DNA, RNA, proteins) (3 term hr)
Organization of the Cell - Structure and function of cellular compartments and membranes (2 term hr)
Science as a Profession
 - Introduction to biomedical research as a profession (0.5 term hr P/F)
Ethics Year 1 - Responsible conduct of research for first year students (0.5 term hr P/F)

Term 2 (September-December)

ABC: Application to Biology of Computation- Survey of bioinformatic analyses for the basic scientist (2 term hr)
Genetics BGenetic approaches using different experimental models (2 term hr)
Cell Division - 
The cell cycle and its control (2 term hr)
Development - 
Mechanisms for cell development and differentiation (2 term hr) 
Cancer - The cell and molecular biology of cancer (1 term hr)
Method and Logic - Developing critical reasoning skills through critical reading of the literature (3 term hr P/F approved)
Ethics Year 2 - Responsible conduct of research for second year students (0.5 term hr P/F)

Term 3 (January - February)


Gene Regulation - Mechanisms for regulating gene expression (3 term hr)
Macromolecules: Structure and Interactions
- Biochemistry of macromolecules and interactions of macromolecules with each other and small ligands (3 term hr)
Immunology - Cellular and molecular principles in the immune system (1 term hr)
Neuroscience - General principles of nerve transmission and learning and memory (1 term hr)
Ethics Year 3 - Responsible conduct of research for third year students (0.5 term hr P/F)
Ethics Year 4 - Responsible conduct of research for fourth year students (0.5 term hr P/F)

Term 4 (March-April)

Introduction to Biostatistics - Concepts and techniques in biostatistics for the basic scientist (2 term hr)
Introduction to Intellectual Property - Intellectual Property in the academic environment (1 term hr P/F)
Introduction to Scientific Writing - Principles of effective scientific writing (1 term hr P/F)
Research Design - Methods for developing research plans and experimental design (3 term hr approved P/F)

Term 5 (May-July)

Only departmental courses offered.