Curriculum

Typical Cancer Biology Student Curriculum

The Cancer Biology graduate program requires all of the following courses:

  1. CancBio 554: The Science of Cancer (Winter semester; 4 credits)
  2. CancBio 800: Cancer Biology Student Seminar (Fall and Winter semesters of Year 1 and 2; 1 credit each)
  3. Bioinf 525: Foundations in Bioinformatics & Systems Biology (Winter semester; 3 credits)

Year One:

Fall Semester

    • PIBS 503 (1 credit)
    • PIBS 600 (lab rotation; 1-8 credits)
    • PIBS 800 (1 credit)
    • Cancer Biology 800 (1 credit)
    • *Human Genetics 541 (3 credits) - only if student feels weak in that area and wants to remediate in order to prepare for prelims
    • *Cell Developmental Biology 530 (3 credits)
      *Biological Chemistry 660 (2 credits)
      * Student chooses up to 2 of 3 classes to advance knowledge or remediate in order to prepare for prelims.

Total credits: minimum of 9

Winter Semester

    • Cancer Biology 554 (4 credits)
    • Bioinformatics 525 (3 credits)
    • Cancer Biology 800 (1 credit)
    • PIBS 600 (lab rotation; 1-8 credits)
    • PIBS 800 (1 credit)

Total credits: minimum of 9

 

Year Two

Fall Semester

    • Cancer Biology 800 (1 credit)
    • Elective courses (e.g. Pharmacology 502 for 2 credits)
    • Cancer Biology 599 (1-8 credits)

Total credits: minimum of 9

Winter Semester

    • Cancer Biology 800 (1 credit)
    • Cancer Biology 995 (1-8 credits) if prelims were successfully taken in the Fall OR Cancer Biology 599 if prelims will be taken in the Winter

Total credits: maximum of 8

Students are only required to register for Cancer Biology 800 during the fall and winter terms of Year 1 and Year 2. However, they must participate and attend each term and present once an academic term until they successfully defend. Please note that Cancer Biology students must register for their mentor’s section of Cancer Biology 995 (candidate) each Fall and Winter term until they successfully defend.

More detailed information can be found in the 2017/18 Cancer Biology Graduate Program Handbook.