Curriculum

Course Requirements

All students are required to complete ten hours of core couse work (BIOC 630, CECS 660, CECS 694 and PHBI 750); three hours of a biology selective elective (BIOC 545 or MBIO 667); three hours of a computer science selective elective (CECS 619 or CECS 632); six hours of electives in mathematics and statistics; six hours of electives in biomedical and natural sciences; six hours of electives in computational sciences; and an additional three hours in their focus area. Approved electives are listed below. Additional electives may be approved in consultation with the student's advisor, the chair of the executive committee, and the director of graduate studies. (Approved Fall 2018).

Core Course Work

Department Course Number Description Credits
BIOC
630*
Responsible Conduct of Research:
Survival Skills and Research Ethics
1
CECS
660*
Introduction to Bioinformatics
3
CECS
694*
Current Topics in Bioinformatics
3
PHBI
750*
Statistical Methods for Bioinformatics
3

*All courses are required.

Biology Selective Elective

Department Course Number Description Credits
BIOC
545*,+
Biochemistry I
3
- OR -
MBIO
667*
Graduate Cell Biology
3

*Students may choose either BIOC 545 or MBIO 667. +CHEM 645 may be substituted. Students may take either the BIOC 545/BIOC547 or CHEM 645/647 sequence but are not allowed to take the sequence BIOC 545/CHEM647 or CHEM 645/BIOC547.

Computer Science Selective Elective

Department Course Number Description Credits
CECS
619*
Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms
3
- OR -
CECS
632*
Data Mining
3

*Students may choose either CECS 619 or CECS 632.

Elective Courses in Mathematics and Statistics

Department Course Number Description Credits
MATH
505
Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
3
MATH
561#
Probability
3
PHYS
565
Computational Physics
3
PHYS
625
Statistical Mechanics
3
MATH
636
Mathematical Modeling II
3
PHST
661#
Probability
3
PHST
662#
Mathematical Statistics
3
MATH
562/662#
Advanced Mathematical Statistics
3
MATH
681
Combinatorics and Graph Theory I
3
MATH
682
Combinatorics and Graph Theory II
3
PHST
682
Multivariate Statistical Analysis
3
PHST
691
Bayesian Inference and Decision
3
PHST
710
Advanced Statistical Computing
3
PHST
724
Advanced Clinical Trials
3
PHBI
751
High-throughput Data Analysis
3
PHBI
752
Statistical Genetics
3
PHST
762
Advanced Statistical Inference
3
PHST
780
Advanced Nonparametric Statistics
3
PHST
781
Advanced Linear Models
3
PHST
782
Generalized Linear Models
3

#Credit only for one: MATH 561/PHST 661; MATH 562/PHST 662

Elective Courses in Biomedical and Natural Sciences

Department
Course Number
Description
Credits
BIOL
542
Gene Structure and Function
3
BIOL
569
Evolution
3
BIOC
680
Biomolecular Interactions
3
BIOC
611
Biochemical and Molecular Methods
4
ASNB
614
Molecular Neuroscience
4
BIOC
647#
Advanced Biochemistry II
4
CHEM
647
Advanced Biochemistry II
4
CHEM
652
Practical Approaches to Metabolomics
3
BIOC
661
Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicology
3
BIOC
668
Molecular Biology
3

#Credit only for one: CHEM 645/BIOC 645, CHEM 647/BIOC 647. Students may take either the BIOC 545/BIOC547 or CHEM 645/647 sequence but are not allowed to take the sequence BIOC 545/CHEM647 or CHEM 645/BIOC547.

Elective Courses in Computational Sciences

Department
Course Number
Description
Credits
CECS
535
Introduction to Databases
3
CECS
619
Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms
3
CECS
622
Simulation and Modeling of Discrete Engineering Systems
3
CECS
624
Advanced Simulation
3
CECS
627
Digital Image Processing
3
CECS
628
Computer Graphics
3
CECS
629
Distributed System Design
3
CECS
630
Advanced Databases and Data Warehousing
3
CECS
632
Data Mining
3
CECS
641
Introduction to Medical Imaging
3