Curriculum Overview

The goal of the CBI curriculum is to provide students with backgrounds in chemistry or biology with the training they need to carry out research in areas that entail significant, inseparable contributions from both the chemical and biological sciences. To fulfill that goal, CBI students are required to take at least one approved Biological Science elective and at least one approved Chemical Science elective, in addition to satisfying the requirements of their home department.

In addition, the CBI program has developed courses to help facilitate interaction among traditionally chemical and biological emphases. These courses, including Chalk Talk, Ethics, Drug Design, Student Seminar, Journal Club, Biology and Chemistry Electives, OPD Events, and Lab Modules have been created to provide CBI students with both a forum to exchange ideas, and a foundation in the scientific community. CBI students are also strongly encouraged to attend relevant external departmental seminars.

CBI brings the synthetic, mechanistic and analytical powers of chemistry to bear on new and exciting areas of biology. This is achieved through the summarized curricular requirements to the right.

CBI Curriculum Summary

TrainingRequirements Time Table
Chalk Talk4 x 1 creditYears 1 – 5
Ethics1 creditYear 1 or 2 – May workshop or Spring semester
Drug Design3 creditsYear 1 or 2 – Spring
Student Seminar2 x 1 creditYear 2 – Spring
Year 4 or 5 – Spring
Biological Science Elective3 creditsYear 1 or 2
Chemical Science Elective3 creditsYear 1 or 2
Data Science for the Life Sciences3 creditsFuture new course requirement
Year 3
OPD Event1 per semesterongoing
Lab Module4 totalYears 2-5

Biological Science Electives

AnimlSci 572Infection and Immunity
AnimlSci 581/697CCancer Biology/Carcinogenesis
AnimlSci 697KAdvanced Immunology
AnimlSci 672Molecular Medicine
Biochem 523General Biochem I
Biochem 524General Biochem II
Biochem 623Advanced Gen Biochm
Biochem/MolclBio 642Advanced Molcl Biology
Biology 572Neurobiology
Biology 580Developmental Biology
Biology 583Advanced Genetics
Biology 597GEEvolutionary Genetics
Chem 423Biochemistry for Chemists
Chem 797TFrontiers in Biotechnology
MolclBio 641Advanced Cell Biology
MolclBio 680Advanced Microbial Physiology
MolcBio 685Concepts in Molecular Genetics
MicroBio 565Lab in Molecular Genetics
NeuroS&B 617Molcl, Cellular, and Dev Neurobio

Chemical Science Electives

Chem 471Elementary Physical Chemistry
Chem 551Advanced Organic Chemistry
Chem/Molclbio 590CBChemical Biology
Chem 650Metals in Biology
Chem 728Physical Biochemistry
Chem 777 Biomolecular NMR
Chem 791LBioanalytical Chemistry
Chem 627Biomolecular Structure
Chem 791JBiological Mass Spectrometry
Chem 891GGrad Core
ChemEng 592BIntro Biochemical Eng
ChemEng 621Thermodynamics I
Polymer 607Intro Synthetic Polymer Chem
Polymer 608Physical Chem Polymer I
Polymer 760Organic Polymerization Rctn

Journal Club Options

AnimlSci 697G Cancer and Chemoprevention
AnimlSci 697I Special Topics in Toxicology
AnimlSci 697S The 10 Minute Talk: Putting on a Great Scientific Show
AnimlSci 794A Immunology
AnimlSci 795A Cells, genes and development
Biochem 691B Plant signal transduction and development
Biochem 697A Protein Folding
Biochem 697E Microbe-Host Interactions
Biochem 697G Structural Biol
Biochem 697J Secretory Pathways
Biology 572 Neurobiology
Biology 791C Writing for Graduate Students
Biology 791D Mechanisms in Plant Development
Biology 791G Evo-Devo and Evolutionary Genomics
Biology 892B Cytoskeleton
Biology 892G Fish and Friends
Biology 892M Microbial Genomics
Chem 792C CBI Journal Club
Chem 797O Organic Journal Club
ChemEng 797C Synthetic Biology
ChemEng 797F Cellular Mechanotransduction
FoodSci 797V Biosensors and Pathogen Detection
MicroBio 697J Genes and Development
MicroBio 797P Molec Mech in Pathogenesis
Polymer 797CC Colloidal and Interfacial Phenomena
Polymer 797CM Physics of Charged Macro Molecules