Second Year Curriculum 2017-07-28T13:32:31+00:00

Curriculum: Second Year Curriculum and beyond:

 

Please note that students whose research involves animals must take Essentials for Animal Research (GC 470) (CRN- 12215). In addition, some students will profit from a course in statistics.

 

Anatomy & Cellular Biology
Six credit hours of 500 level courses appropriate to the general area of the dissertation are usually taken in the second year.

Please see representative courses available (http://www.anatomy.uic.edu/) to find 6 credits in 500 level electives.

Students will also take basic departmental courses that are most directly related to success in their research program or preliminary examination.

All students are required to register for Seminar and Journal Club- ANAT 595 throughout their time in the graduate program.

Students interested in joining the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology should take GEMS 501 – Biochemistry, GEMS 502 – Molecular Biology, and GEMS 503 – Cell Biology in Semester I of their first year; and are urged to take in Semester II of their first year: GEMS 510 – Integrative Biology, GEMS 515 – Receptor Pharmacology and Cell Signaling. Other courses may be substituted based on a student’s background and research interests.

Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics – BCMG 575 (3 credits)One additional 500 level elective (3 credits)

Students will also participate in student research seminars and journal clubs throughout their time in the department.

Recommendation for first year courses: Students interested in joining the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics should take GEMS 501 – Biochemistry, GEMS 502 – Molecular Biology, and GEMS 503 – Cell Biology in Semester I of their first year; and are urged to take two of the following three courses in Semester II of their first year: GEMS 510 – Integrative Biology, GEMS 511 – Molecular Genetics and BCHE 513 – Structure of Biopolymers. Other courses may be substituted based on a student’s background and interests.

Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular Biology of Viruses – MIM 553 (2 credits)
Advanced Immunology – MIM 551 (2 credits)
Topics in Bacterial Pathogenesis – MIM 560 (2 credits)
Special Topics – MIM 594 (1 credit)

Other courses may be substituted or added based on a student’s background and interests.

Recommendation for first year courses: Students interested in joining the Department of Microbiology and Immunology are urged to take GEMS 510 – Integrative Biology : Development, Cancer, Immunology and GEMS 511 – Molecular Genetics as core electives in Semester II of the first year. Other courses may be substituted based on a student’s background and interests.

Pathology
Semester I:
Pathobiology of Cancer – PATH 511 (3 credits)
500 level elective course
Pathology Seminar and Journal Club – PATH 595 (required every semester for remainder of program)
Semester II:
Molecular Epidemiology and Biomarkers – PATH 512 (3 credits)
500 level elective course
Pathology Seminar and Journal Club – PATH 595 (required every semester for remainder of program)
Students will also participate in research seminars throughout their time in the department..Recommendation for first year courses: Students interested in joining the Department of Pathology should take GEMS 501 – Biochemistry, GEMS 502 – Molecular Biology, and GEMS 503 – Cell Biology in Semester I of their first year; and are required to take General Pathology, PATH 510 in Semester II of their first year as well as one additional 500 level elective course. Beginning in Semester II of their first year students are also required to take PATH 595 (Pathology Seminar and Journal Club).

Pharmacology
Medical Pharmacology II – PCOL 502 offered Fall semester (3 credits)

One 500 Level Elective chosen from the following, offered Spring semester in alternate years: Molecular Pharmacology of the Cardiovascular System and Platelets – PCOL 510 (2 credits)
Pharmacology and Biology of the Vessel Wall – PCOL 530 (2 credits) Ion channels – PCOL 540 (2 credits)

Recommendations for first year courses: First semester core courses are selected based on the student’s background and interests in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. Students interested in joining the Department of Pharmacology are strongly urged to take Receptor
Pharmacology and Cell Signaling – GEMS 515 (3 credits) and Medical Pharmacology I (3 credits) in Semester II of their first year. If these courses are not taken in the first year, students must take them in subsequent semesters.

Optional Courses: Students who are supported on a departmental training grant may be required to take one of the following courses, normally during their second year: Drug Discovery, Design and Development – PMPG 507 (3 credits); Biology and Pharmacology of the Lung – PCOL 550 (2 credits). Students not supported by a training grant may opt to take these courses as well.

Physiology & Biophysics
Semester I:
Third Selective from Semester I First Year Curriculum (3 credits)
Cell Physiology – PHYB 586 (3 credits)
Seminar in Physiology PHYB 591 (required every semester for remainder of program)
Semester II:
Electives
Seminar in Physiology PHYB 591 (required every semester for remainder of program)

Recommendations for first year courses: Students interested in joining the Department of Physiology and Biophysics are strongly urged to take Advanced Physiology – PHYB 552 (3 credits) and Integrative Biology – GEMS 510 (3 credits) in Semester II of the first year. If not taken in the first year, students must take these courses in subsequent semesters.