Thinking Like A Scientist (GS-BC 400)
This is the first in a series of 4 courses that aim to help first-year graduate students develop the critical thinking, speaking and writing skills that are necessary for their professional success in graduate school and beyond. In this term, students set short-term professional goals around courses and laboratory rotations and gain strategies to improve their skills in technical writing and critical evaluation of the literature. Learning is achieved through group-based problem solving.
Credits: 1
Terms:  1 (First year BC students only)
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N
Director: Dr. Anna Sokac

Thinking Like a Scientist - Term 2 (GS-BC 407)
The goal of this term is to develop critical reading skills for evaluating the scientific literature. For a set of assigned papers, student will learn to identify the gap in knowledge and the hypothesis that was tested, and analyze the experimental outcomes in relation to the hypothesis. Students will also develop reasonable future directions in the form of a new set of hypotheses that follow from the results of each paper. Each week one student will present an assigned paper in the style of a journal-club. The other students will write a summary of the same paper, highlighting the logical flow of the paper.
Credits: 2
Terms:  2 (First year BC students only)
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y
Director: Dr. Anna Sokac and Dr. Ido Golding

Thinking Like a Scientist - Term 3 (GS-BC 408)
The goal of this term is to build up on the analytical and presentation skills students develop through critical reading of the literature in Term 2. Students will continue to use the concept of the framing funnel to identify an existing gap in knowledge, and formulate a hypothesis/model that makes specific predictions that can be critically tested experimentally. Each student will write an abstract of a research proposal that will be discussed and revised in response from feedback from students and faculty.
Credits: 2
Terms:  3 (First year BC students only)
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y
Director: Dr. Shelley Sazer

Thinking Like a Scientist – Term 4 (GS-BC 409)
The goal of this term is to build upon the activities of Term 3 that culminated in writing a proposal abstract. Students will do additional literature-based research to add both depth and breadth to each component of the abstract using the concept of the framing funnel. Each student will write a full research proposal that will be discussed and revised in response from feedback from students and faculty. The student will then present and defend the proposal to other students and faculty.
Credits: 2
Terms: 4 (First year BC students only)
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y
Director: Shelley Sazer

Special Projects (GS-BC 435)
Faculty mentored research for students that have selected their thesis advisor not been admitted to candidacy.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. B.V. Venkatar Prasad

Special Topics (GS-BC 463)
Scholarly study directed by a faculty member. Special topics allows a faculty member to develop individualized courses for students. Special topics cannot be used to satisfy the 30 hr. course requirement.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N
Director: Dr. B.V. Venkatar Prasad

Seminar in Biochemistry (GS-BC-466)
Student Seminar
Credits: 1 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N  
Director: Dr. B.V. Venkatar Prasad

Readings (GS-BC 548)
Faculty directed literature projects that survey a specialized topic of interest.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N
Director: Dr. B.V. Venkatar Prasad

Research Rotation (GS-BC 549)
Faculty mentored research for students who have not yet selected a faculty advisor
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N  
Director: Dr. B.V. Venkatar Prasad

Dissertation (GS-BC 550)
Thesis research directed by a faculty mentor and advisory committee. Open only to candidates for the Ph.D. or M.S. degree.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. B.V. Venkatar Prasad