Program of Study

In their first year, students will participate in the curricular activities designed to foster critical thinking and broad understanding of the tools and knowledge that underpin molecular level investigations of biological mechanisms. All students must take courses in three broadly defined areas: Macromolecular Biophysics (two courses), Critical Thinking (one course), and Biological Sciences (one course). Examples of core courses in these areas are shown below. In addition to formal course requirements, first year students will take a full-year course in lab rotations and a Responsible Conduct of Research course.

Macromolecular Biophysics:

Macromolecular Structure and Biophysical Analysis.
Biophysics I: Structural Methods
Biophysics II: Spectroscopy

Critical Thinking

Methods & Logic in Molecular Biology
Methods & Logic in BBSB

Biological Sciences:

Molecular Cell Biology
Basic Concepts of Genetic Analysis
Advanced Eukaryotic Molecular Biology
Principles of Pharmacology
Prinicples of Signal Transduction
Physiological Systems

BBSB Track students will choose a departmental affiliation (usually the same as that of their research advisor) at the end of the first year. Each of the major participating departments has course requirements that can be satisfied in part by courses within the three core areas mentioned above. Additional, specialized courses that students take in the first and second years will enable them to fulfill the course requirements of the department they join. Track students will typically join one of the following departments: Cell Biology, Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Chemistry, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, or Pharmacology.