CMB course requirements

Formal coursework for the Ph.D. degree varies according to the field of study, interests, and career goals of the individual graduate students. Courses may be taken in disciplines other than CMB, provided:

  • At least 12 course credits are as a registered University of Minnesota graduate student.
  • Approved transfer coursework may include a maximum of 12 graduate credits taken as a non-degree or non-admitted student.
  • Transfer of thesis credits is not allowed.
  • At least two-thirds of course credits must be taken with grades A-F.


Required First-Year Courses Credits

CMB 8100 Research Rotation in CMB 1
CMB 8134 Ethical Conduct of Animal Research 3
CMB 8202 Mech. of Animal Health & Disease II 3
CMB 8303 Comparative Models of Disease 2
A course in Biostatistics 3-4
CMB 8550 CMB Seminar Fall 1
CC CMB Seminar Spring 1
CMB 8560 Research and Literature Reports, section 1, spring 1
CMB 8560 Research and Literature Reports, section 1, fall 1

Seminars are required each semester until preliminary exams are completed or 4 credits are earned. It is expected that students will attend the seminar throughout their program.

Two credits of Research and Literature Reports are required; a third credit in either section 1 or section 2 may also be completed.


Recommended courses to fulfill biostatistics requirement Credits

CMB 5200 Introductory Statistical Genetics and Genomics 3
PUBH 6415 Biostatistical Methods II 3
PUBH 6450 Biostatistics I 4
STAT 5021 Statistical Analysis 4

Statistics courses other than those recommended can be used to fulfill the major requirement with the approval of the student’s advisor and thesis committee. First-year students should consult with the director of graduate studies concerning registration.

Additional 18 credits of course requirements

  • 5000- and 8000-level courses in the biological sciences
  • Certain 5000-level courses will suffice, but it is recommended that the student first consult with the director of graduate studies about course content.
  • Seminar and journal club courses do not qualify.
  • Either GRAD 8101 Teaching in Higher Education or GRAD 8200 Teaching and Learning Topics in Higher Education.

Courses to consider to meet course requirements Credits

GCD 8131 Advanced Genetics 3
GCD 8121 Advanced Molecular Genetics 3
GCD 8151 Cell Structure and Function 3
GCD 8161 Advanced Developmental Biology 3
GCD 8213 Selected Topics in Molecular Biology 3
MICA 8002 Structure, Function & Genetics of Bacteria & Viruses 4
MICA 8003 Immunity & Immunopathology 4
MICA 8004 Cellular & Cancer Biology 4
CMB 5180 Ecology of Infectious Diseases 3
CMB 5200 Introductory Statistical Genetics & Genomics 4
CMB 8208 Neuropsycophamacology 3
CMB 8335 Molecular Biology Techniques 3
CMB 8344 Mechanisms of Hormone Action 2
CMB 8361 Neuro-Immune Interactions 3
CMB 8371 Mucosal Immunobiology 3
CMB 8481 Advanced Neuropharmaceutics 4

In addition, many other 5000- and 8000-level courses in Microbiology, Parasitology, Virology, Immunology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology, Genetics, Anatomy, Histology, Cytology, and Pathology can be used to meet this requirement. Students are required to consult with their advisor and committee members to determine which courses are appropriate for the student’s program.

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