Curriculum Requirements

Biomedical Sciences
PIB 700Journal Club2
PIB 701Introduction to Biomedical Sciences5
PIB 702Scientific Reasoning3
PIB 705Biostatistics for the Biosciences3
PIB 706Bioinformatics for the Biomedical Sciences2-4
PIB 731Laboratory Research3-5
PIB 780Research Ethics1
PIB 782Professional Development: Skills for Success I1
PIB 783Professional Development: Skills for Success II1
PIB 830Doctoral Dissertation1
Core Courses
CAB 701CAB Student Seminar4
CAB 705Translational to Clinical Research3
CAB 710Cancer Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3
CAB 713 is a required courses CAB 712, CAB 714 & CAB 715 can be done as electives:2
Special Topics in Cancer Research - Viral Oncology and Tumor Immunology Module
Special Topics in Cancer Research - Molecular Cancer Therapeutics Module
Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention and Biobehavioral Oncology
Special Topics in Cancer Research - Breast and Genitourinary Cancers Module
CAB 720Dialogues with Cancer Clinitians (PIBS Module)1
CAB 750Logic and Reasoning in Translational Cancer Research: Bench to Bedside Part 13
MDB 765Tumor Biology3
Dissertation (Includes 1 credit from PIB 830)
Choose 23 credits from the following:23
Dissertation Research - Pre Candidacy
Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy
Research in Residence
Total Credit Hours64-68

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
PIB 701 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences 5
PIB 702 Scientific Reasoning 3
PIB 731 Laboratory Research 2
PIB 700 Journal Club 1
PIB 780 Research Ethics 1
PIB 782 Professional Development: Skills for Success I 1
 Credit Hours13
Spring
PIB 700 Journal Club 1
PIB 705 Biostatistics for the Biosciences 3
PIB 731 Laboratory Research 1
PIB 783 Professional Development: Skills for Success II 1
CAB 710 Cancer Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
CAB 720 Dialogues with Cancer Clinitians (PIBS Module) 1
 Credit Hours10
Summer
PIB 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1
 Credit Hours1
Year Two
Fall
CAB 701 CAB Student Seminar 1
CAB 705 Translational to Clinical Research 0
MDB 765 Tumor Biology 3
CAB 830 Dissertation Research - Pre Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours6
Spring
PIB 706 Bioinformatics for the Biomedical Sciences (Students take either PIB 706 or an elective that meets the Bioinformatics requirement) 2-4
CAB 701 CAB Student Seminar 1
CAB 705 Translational to Clinical Research 1
CAB 713 is a required course. CAB 712, CAB 714 & CAB 715 can be done as electives: 2
Special Topics in Cancer Research - Viral Oncology and Tumor Immunology Module (Offerred Alternate Years Spring 2019, 2021, 2023)  
Special Topics in Cancer Research - Molecular Cancer Therapeutics Module (Offerred Alternate Years Spring 2019, 2021, 2023)  
Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention and Biobehavioral Oncology  
Special Topics in Cancer Research - Breast and Genitourinary Cancers Module (Offerred Alternate Years Spring 2018, 2020, 2022)  
CAB 830 Dissertation Research - Pre Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours8-10
Summer
CAB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Year Three
Fall
CAB 701 CAB Student Seminar 1
CAB 705 Translational to Clinical Research 0
CAB 750 Logic and Reasoning in Translational Cancer Research: Bench to Bedside Part 1 (Offered Alternate Years Fall 2019, 2021, 2023) 3
CAB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours6
Spring
CAB 701 CAB Student Seminar 1
CAB 705 Translational to Clinical Research 1
CAB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours4
Summer
CAB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Year Four
Fall
CAB 705 Translational to Clinical Research 0
CAB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Spring
CAB 705 Translational to Clinical Research 1
CAB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours3
Summer
CAB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Year Five
Fall
CAB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Spring
CAB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Summer
CAB 850 Research in Residence 1
 Credit Hours1
 Total Credit Hours64-66

Students are encouraged to take pertinent elective courses under guidance of their Dissertation Committee and research mentor.  Electives must be approved by CAB graduate program director.

  • Required course credits:  36 cr. [700 level courses (required or elective)]
  • Dissertation research: 24 cr.