Cancer Biology Curriculum

The didactic program will be comprised of core courses that will provide essential background in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology as well as advanced graduate courses focusing on the basic mechanisms of cancer biology and drug discovery. Together, the approach integrates a learning platform combining an up-to-date basic mechanistic understanding of cancer pathways with more translational, disease-relevant topics in cancer therapy and drug discovery. The curriculum is designed to equip students to succeed in a multidisciplinary environment as both hypothesis-driven academic cancer researchers and industrial or academic discoverers.

Core Courses

  • BS 761 Advanced Cell Biology, Credits: 3
  • BS 763 Cell Biology Methods, Credits: 3
  • BS 764 Biotechnology, Credits: 3
  • BS 765 Biotechnology Laboratory, Credits: 2
  • BS 898 Graduate Seminar, Credit: 1
  • CH 728 Advanced Biochemistry, Credits: 3

Advanced Courses

  • CB 785 Introduction to Research, Credits: 2–4
  • CB 811 Cancer, Credit: 1
  • CB 812 Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer, Credit: 1
  • CB 813 Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, Credit: 1
  • CB 880 Molecular Screening, Credits: 2
  • CB 890 Journal Club, Credit: 0 in all semesters except 2 credits in student’s terminal semester
  • CB 899 Doctoral Research, Credits: 1–9 per semester—minimum of 20 credits


  • Other courses as required by research advisor and/or advisory committee