Course Information & Degree Requirements
BMS Students take the Core Courses (BIOM 200A and B) and Seminars in Biomedical Research (BIOM 201) in the Fall of their first year. Students select minimum of three Core Courses and two Core Seminar Courses over the Winter and Spring quarters. All students take Biostatistics and Ethics in Research and complete Laboratory Rotations in each quarter of the first year.
Students may take elective courses at any time, but must complete 15 units (8 for a letter grade) prior to graduation.
Laboratory Rotation Program - Year 1
Selection of Thesis Advisor – No later than the end of Spring of Year 1
Research Proposition Exam – Fall of Year 2
Teaching – One academic quarter during Year 2 or 3
(counts as 4 units toward S/U elective)
Advancement to Ph.D. Candidacy Exam BMS program recommendation – Spring/Year 2 to Fall/Year 3
(UC San Diego time limit – Spring of Year 4)
BMS program recommendation – Spring/Year 5 to Fall/Year 6
(UC San Diego financial support time limit – Spring of Year 7, UC San Diego total registered time limit – Spring of Year 8)
See the BMS Guidelines (PDF) for more information, and for the Ph.D. requirements of M.D./Ph.D. and Pharm.D./Ph.D. students.
Required Core Courses – Year 1
|BIOM200A/B||Molecules to Organisms: Concepts and Approaches|
|BIOM201||Seminars in Biomedical Research|
|BIOM219||Ethics in Scientific Research|
Core Courses – Year 1(choice of 3)
|BIOM252||Genetics and Genomics|
|BIOM253||Pathogens and Host Defense|
|BIOM254||Molecular and Cell Biology|
|BIOM255A/B||Molecular Basis of Drug Action and Disease Therapy|
|BIOM256||Molecular Biology of Cancer|
Core Seminar Courses – Year 1(choice of 2)
|BIOM272/274||Seminars in Genetics, Genomics and Mol. Cell Biology|
|BIOM275||Seminars in Pharmacology|
|BIOM276||Seminars in Physiology|
|BIOM277||Seminars in Molecular Pathology|
Elective Courses – 15 graduate units required(8 units must be taken for letter grade)
Chosen in consultation with Thesis advisor. Click here to search for elective courses.