The MD-PhD required curriculum for the PhD consists of 72 credit hours from required and elective courses, drawn from these lists.

Prerequisites from the first two years of medical education curriculum

IMC 502 Fundamentals I 7.2 cr
IMC 504 Fundamentals II 3.8 cr
IMC 510 GI and Metabolism 5.5 cr
IMC 500 Medicine and Society 2.0 cr
IMC 602 Cardiovascular 7.2 cr
IMC 604 Pulmonary 8.0 cr
IMC 606-610 Neuroscience I and II 2.3 cr
    36.0 cr

Biochemistry departmental requirements

BCH 504A Doctoral Student Seminar (3x, 1 cr each) 3.0 cr total
BCH 565 Research Proposal 2.0 cr
BCH 701/702 Thesis Research   
BCH 703 Research Progress Presentation (3x, 1 cr each) 3.0 cr total
MST 601 MD-PhD Seminar 1.0 cr/sem
Two of the following:
BCH 507 Protein Structure Function 2.0-3.0
BCH 508 Gene Expression 2.0 cr
BCH 512 Developmental Genomics 2.0 cr
BCH 519 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology 3.0 cr

These two electives are typically completed during the first year in the Biochemistry program. Thus, after this first year there are no further formal course requirements.

The major requirement in the first semester in the Biochemistry program is the Research Proposal (BCH 565). The research proposal process will begin with a Thesis Research Prospectus presentation/Journal.  This 30-40 minute presentation will present an overview of the research in the student’s lab, the objective of the student’s thesis research within that context, and the Specific Aims of the work the student plans to complete directed toward that objective. The written proposal that the student then prepares and submits to her/his committee will follow the format of a NIH pre/post-doctoral fellowship. This proposal represents the broad outline of the student’s doctoral research and Thesis. The Research Proposal is the department’s “preliminary examination” for students who are enrolled in the doctoral program.