Our curriculum is designed to meet the specific needs of students with B.S. degrees in biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, or engineering. The overall philosophy of the course requirements is to prepare the students in both the specialized areas of research and in cell and molecular biology. Because our students come from a variety of academic backgrounds we design each students curriculum based on their individual needs. Students are required to complete 30 didactic course hours with a grade of B or better.

Note: Courses at Baylor College of Medicine are scheduled in eight-week terms. Courses at the University of Houston, Rice University, and The University of Texas – Houston Health Science Center are based on 16-week semesters.

SCBMB Course Requirements

  • Advanced Topics in SCBMB (GS-SB-430) Terms 1-2, 4 - Cr: 1 each term
  • Responsible Conduct of Research - Year 1 (GS-GS-528), Term 1 - Cr: 1
  • Computational Mathematics for Quantitative Biomedicine (GS-SB-401) Term 1-2 - Cr: 8
  • Molecular Biophysics (GS-SB-408) Fall Semester at Rice – Cr: 3 each Terms 1-2
  • Current Topics in Computational Biomedicine (GS-SB-407) Terms 1, 2, 3, 4 - Cr. 1 each term
  • Method and Logic (GS-GS-523) Term 2 – Cr: 3
  • Structural Basis of Human Diseases (GS-SB-423) Term 4 - Cr: 1
  • Research Design (GS-GS-522), Term 4 – Cr: 3
  • A computational course at Rice or UH, must be 500 level or above (upon director’s approval) – 1 semester

Electives

  • Any course in the Graduate School Service Curriculum
  • Computational Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology (GS-SB-402). Fall semester at Rice, Cr: 3 each (Terms 1-2)
  • ABC: Applications to Biology of Computation (GS-GS-527) - Term 2
  • Practical Introduction to Programming (GS-SB-406), Term 3 – Cr: 3
  • Electron Cryomicroscopy for Molecules and Cells (GS-SB-410), Term 4 – Cr: 3 (taught odd years only)
  • Advanced X-ray Crystallography (GS-SB-403), Term 4 - Cr: 3 (taught even years only)
  • Computer Aided Discovery Methods (GS-SB-405), Term 4
  • Courses offered at Rice, UH, or UTH, must be 500 level or above, as approved by the directors

First-Year Coursework

The following is an example of coursework for a first-year student:

Term 1

  • Advanced Topics in SCBMB (GS-SB-430)
  • Computational Mathematics for Quantitative Biomedicine (GS-SB-401)
  • Molecular Biophysics (GS-SB-408) Rice University 
  • Research Rotation (GS-SB-549)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research - Year 1 (GS-GS-528)
  • Current Topics in Computational Biomedicine (GS-SB-407)
  • 1 or 2 Electives

Term 2

  • Advanced Topics in SCBMB (GS-SB-430)
  • Computational Mathematics for Quantitative Biomedicine (GS-SB-401)
  • Method & Logic (GS-GS-523)
  • Molecular Biophysics (GS-SB-408)
  • Research Rotation (GS-SB-549)
  • Current Topics in Computational Biomedicine (GS-SB-407)
  • ABC: Applications to Biology of Computation (GS-GS-527)

Term 3

  • Research Rotation (GS-SB-549)
  • Current Topics in Computational Biomedicine (GS-SB-407)
  • 1 or 2 Electives

Term 4

  • Advanced Topics in SCBMB (GS-SB-430)
  • Research Design (GS-GS-522)
  • Research Rotation (GS-SB-549)
  • Current Topics in Computational Biomedicine (GS-SB-407)
  • Structural Basis of Human Diseases (GS-SB-423)
  • Elective

Term 5

  • Research Rotation (GS-SB-549)
  • Elective