Ph.D. Curriculum

The Core course requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Human Genetics include HUMGEN 541, HUMGEN 542, HUMGEN 544, HUMGEN 803, and 4 semesters of HUMGEN 821/822 (or equivalent student seminar from another department that includes seminar presentation). Statistics is also required and this requirement may be met by any of several statistics classes in the list of electives or by demonstrating a recent equivalent undergraduate class. Students usually take 9-14 credits per semester in their first two years. Discussion with the Human Genetics academic adviser will tailor each student's course of study to their individual background and future career goals.

Below is a typical academic program for the first 2 years, with a list of some possible electives further down.

Year One

Fall Term 

    • HUMGEN 541 – Molecular Genetics
    • HUMGEN 544 - Population & Statistical Genetics
    • HUMGEN 821 – Student Seminar
    • PIBS 503 – Lab Survival Skills and Ethics
    • PIBS 600 – Laboratory Rotation
    • PIBS 800 – PIBS Seminar

Winter Term 

    • HUMGEN 542 – Molecular Basis of Human Genetic Disease
    • HUMGEN 803 – Research Topics
    • HUMGEN 822 – Student Seminar
    • PIBS 600 – Laboratory Rotation
    • Major elective course(s) from other departments (3-6 credits

Spring Term

    • PIBS Laboratory Rotation 

Year Two

Fall Term

    • HUMGEN 544 - Population & Statistical Genetics (If not taken Fall of Year 1)
    • HUMGEN 821 – Student Seminar
    • PHARMACOL 502 - Introduction to Scientific Communication
    • HUMGEN 990 – Research
    • Major course(s) from other departments (3-6 credits)

Winter Term

    • HUMGEN 822 – Student Seminar
    • HUMGEN 995 – Candidacy Research
    • Major elective course(s) from other departments (3-6 credits) 

Electives

Examples of Human Genetics electives and recommended courses from other departments:
(Some of these are not offered every year.)

Fall Term

  • BIOINF 527 Introduction to BIOINFormatics and Computational Biology
  • BIOLCHEM 550 Macromolecular Structure & Function
  • BIOLCHEM 591 Special Topics in Signal Transduction
  • BIOSTAT 521 Applied BIOSTATistics
  • BIOSTAT 601 Probability & Distribution Theory
  • BIOSTAT 666 Statistical Models & Numerical Methods in Human Genetics
  • CANCBIO 553 Cancer Biology
  • CDB 530 Cell Biology
  • CDB 581 Developmental Genetics
  • MICRBIOL 619 Special Topics in Microbiology & Immunology
  • MICRBIOL 640 Molecular & Cellular Immunology
  • STATS 425 Introduction to Probability
  • STATS 426 Introduction to Theoretical Statistics
  • STATS 500 Applied Statistics I

Winter Term

  • HUMGEN 665 Statistical Population Genetics (odd years)
  • BIOLCHEM 576 Signal Transduction
  • BIOLCHEM 640 Regulatory RNA & Control of Gene Regulation
  • BIOLCHEM 650 Mechanisms of Eukaryotic Gene Expression
  • BIOSTAT 602 Biostatistical Inference
  • CANCBIO 554 Cancer Pathogenesis & Treatment
  • CDB 582 Organogenesis: Stem Cells to Regenerative Biology
  • EPID 516 Genomics in Epidemiology
  • MICROBIOL 504 Cellular Biotechnology
  • MICROBIOL 607 MICROBIOLbial Pathogenesis
  • MICRBIOL 615 Viral Pathogenesis I
  • MICROBIOL 619 Special Topics in MICROBIOLbiology & Immunology
  • PATH 581 Tissue, Cellular & Molecular Disease
  • PHARMACOL 502 Introduction to Scientific Communications
  • PHYSIOL 555 Integrative Genomics
  • STATS 400 Applied Statistical Methods
  • STATS 425 Introduction to Probability
  • STATS 426 Introduction to Theoretical Statistics
  • STATS 500 Applied Statistics I