Academic Features

Academic Features

Putting your coursework together

You will complete the coursework that is prescribed by your degree granting program and be able to take advantage of the built in flexibility of the integrated common core and distinctive seminar schedules. The table below illustrates how the coursework can fit together and leave plenty of time for your research.

Spring - Courses for planning1

The IID program is a joint program between Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (VMP) and the School for Global Animal Health (SGAH).

TimeMondayTuesday 2WednesdayThursday 2Friday
7:10 AM     
8:10 AM     
9:10 AM 564 Topics in Biomedical Experimentation
 564 Topics in Biomedical Experimentation
 
10:10 AM   
11:10 AM     
12:10 PM 555   
1:10 PM     
2:10 PM     
3:10 PM     
4:10 PM571 571 571
5:10 PM     

Cross listed (NEUROSCI)

  • 564 Topics in Biomedical Experimentation. 1 credit (may be repeated). This course examines the philosophy of experimental design and practical application and analysis of various experimental approaches in biomedical research. Each section (module) is independent of other sections and is taught within a 5 week block. There are three consecutive blocks per semester. The first 5 week block is always Philosophy of Experimental Design and is required of students from programs participating in the iPBS umbrella.  View the descriptions of the topics for this semester HERE.

VET_PATH

  • 501 Case-based Learnings in Veterinary Pathology
  • 525 Introductory Readings in Veterinary Pathology
  • 542 Advanced Diagnostic Pathology
  • 545 Mechanisms of Disease
  • 555 Research in Progress Seminar
  • 571 Advanced Topics in Pathology

Basic Epidemiology: (1 credit, Weeks 1-5). This section will introduce the graduate student to the subject of epidemiology, including the uses, scope and topics of epidemiology, the most frequently used study designs, measures of excess risk and association, and causal inference. The student will be able to read and critique epidemiological studies, be able to identify the appropriate study design for a specific problem, evaluate screening and diagnostic tests and outline the steps in an outbreak investigation. Examples from medical and veterinary literature will be accompanied by enough background information for students without medical training to understand. This section is required for those students who want to progress to Methods of Analysis in Epidemiology or Modeling Infectious Disease Dynamics.  Dr. Margaret Davis, Dr. Eric Lofgren, and Dr. Thumbi Mwangi 

Methods of Analysis in Epidemiology: (1 credit, Weeks 6-10).  Building from the concepts introduced in Basic Epidemiology, this section will cover the practical aspects of analyzing a study. Topics include the identification of potential confounding variables and methods to adjust for them, the use of contingency tables to obtain effect estimates, as well as the use of generalized linear models to in R analyze data arising from case-control and cohort studies, as well as the use of regression models in the analysis of time series and survival data. Combining lectures with hands-on labs, this module is intended to provide a foundation in these topics to allow students to identify the methods most appropriate for their research and to act as a foundation for further coursework.  Basic Epidemiology (Weeks 1-5) is required for those students who want to take Methods of Analysis in Epidemiology.  Dr. Margaret Davis, Dr. Eric Lofgren, and Dr. Thumbi Mwangi 

Modeling Infectious Disease Dynamics: (1 credit, Weeks 11-15). This section is intended to give students a broad overview of the techniques used in the modeling of infectious disease dynamics. Beginning with the foundational skills of how to read and critically evaluate a model, the section will primarily be on compartmental models, both deterministic and stochastic, including the implementation of models in R. The module will also offer a brief introduction network science as it applies to epidemiology, including defining a network, basic network measurements, how to collect empirical networks, and simulating epidemics on networks. As with Methods of Analysis in Epidemiology, this section is intended to provide a foundation in these topics to allow students to identify the methods most appropriate for their research and to act as a foundation for further coursework.  Basic Epidemiology (Weeks 1-5) is required for those students who want to take Modeling Infectious Disease Dynamics.  Dr. Margaret Davis, Dr. Eric Lofgren, and Dr. Thumbi Mwangi 

  • 592 Anatomic Pathology Seminar

Spring - Courses for planning1

TimeMondayTuesday 2WednesdayThursday 2Friday
7:10 AM     
8:10 AM  541  
9:10 AM541564 Topics in Biomedical Experimentation
564 Topics in Biomedical Experimentation
541
10:10 AM543543543
11:10 AM    
12:10 PM    590
1:10 PM    
2:10 PM    
3:10 PM     
4:10 PM     
5:10 PM     

Neuroscience (NEUROSCI)

541 Special Topics in Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience

  • Cell Biology of the Neuron (Weeks 1-5)
    • This course will help students develop ‘big picture’ understanding of intracellular signaling, become familiar with experimental methodologies with attention to experimental design and inclusion of proper controls employed in modern biomedical research. Topics include:  Regulation of gene transcription and protein translation, extracellular and intracellular signaling, plasma membrane receptors, protein and lipid kinases, phosphatases, receptor systems, and cyclic nucleotides-based and calcium-dependent signaling. Dr. Joseph Harding (coordinator) Dr. Michael Varnum
  • Signal Transduction (Weeks 6-10)

 

543 Special Topics in Behavioral/Clinical Neuroscience

  • Behavioral Neuroscience (Weeks 1-5)
    • This course will introduce students to basic concepts in behavioral neuroscience and help them apply these concepts through the critical evaluation and interpretation of primary literature. Students will learn which animal models are appropriate to use to study particular forms of learning, memory, motivated behavior, emotion and cognitive dysfunction; and will get exposure to studies on neural substrates underlying learning, memory, motivated behavior, and emotion. Dr. Rita Fuchs Lokensgard (coordinator), Dr. Ryan McLaughlin
  • Circadian Rhythms (Weeks 6-10)
    • The 2017 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology was awarded to three investigators for their groundbreaking work in Circadian (daily) Rhythms, which are phylogenetically ancient, evolutionarily well conserved, and pervasive throughout the body. We will discuss the core concepts of biological rhythms, their impact on neurobiology and behavior, and consequences for health. Dr. Ilia Karatsoreos
  • Feeding: Neuronal circuits controlling food intake (Weeks 11-15)
    • This course examines the neuronal control of food intake.  In particular, we will focus on the recent use of opto and chemo - genetic tools to analyze and identify neuronal circuits that influence food intake. Dr. Suzanne Appleyard

564 Topics in Biomedical Experimentation. 1 credit (may be repeated). This course examines the philosophy of experimental design and practical application and analysis of various experimental approaches in biomedical research. Each section (module) is independent of other sections and is taught within a 5 week block. There are three consecutive blocks per semester. The first 5 week block is always Philosophy of Experimental Design and is required of students from programs participating in the iPBS umbrella.  View the descriptions of the topics for this semester HERE.

590 Seminar

Spring - Courses for planning1

TimeMondayTuesday 2WednesdayThursday 2Friday
7:10 AM     
8:10 AM    548 
9:10 AM525564 Topics in Biomedical Experimentation & 550525564 Topics in Biomedical Experimentation & 550 
10:10 AM529529529
11:10 AM514 514 514
12:10 PM     
1:10 PM542 542 542
2:10 PM579    
3:10 PM501 501 501
4:10 PM     
5:10 PM   

Molecular Biosciences (MBIOS)

501 Cell Biology

514 General Biochemistry

525 Advanced Topics in Genetics

  • Genes, genomes (Weeks 1-5)
    • 2013 marked the 10th anniversary of the sequencing of the human genome and the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix. Advances in genetics (the study of individual genes) and genomics (the study of an entire genome) have fundamentally altered our understanding of biology. This course will focus on current topics in human genetics, exploring the science and discussing the philosophical, ethical and societal concerns raised by recent scientific advances. Dr. Pat Hunt; Dr. Terry Hassold
  • Genetically modifying organisms the state of the art (Weeks 11-15)
    • Humans have been genetically modifying plants and animals by selective breeding for centuries. The ability to selectively modify the genome using engineering strategies began in the late 20th century, but has already had a tremendous impact on our daily lives. This mini course focuses on past and current approaches to generate genetically modified models for research and food animals to benefit human health. It will also explore the philosophical, ethical and societa lconcerns raised by this rapidly evolving facet of biosciences. Dr. Pat Hunt; Dr. Jon Oatley; Dr. Jennifer Watts

529 Selected Topics in Cell Biology

  • Recent advances in microscopy of live cells and start of the art molecular tools have changed our concepts of how cells work and how the dynamics of their components contribute to cell and tissue phenotypes and diseases.  This course focuses on two contemporary topics in “Cytoskeleton” (weeks 1-5) and “Membrane biogenesis and intracellular trafficking” (weeks 6-10) in the eukaryotic cell using a combination of lecture format and reading of pertinent, current literature.  Dr. Kwanhee Kim and Dr. Jonathan Jones

542 General Virology

548 Selected Topics in Immunology & Virology

549 Seminar in Immunology

550 Microbial Physiology

564 Topics in Biomedical Experimentation. 1 credit (may be repeated). This course examines the philosophy of experimental design and practical application and analysis of various experimental approaches in biomedical research. Each section (module) is independent of other sections and is taught within a 5 week block. There are three consecutive blocks per semester. The first 5 week block is always Philosophy of Experimental Design and is required of students from programs participating in the iPBS umbrella.  View the descriptions of the topics for this semester HERE.

 

579 Molecular Biosciences Seminar

Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program Handbook & Students Learning Outcomes

Spring - Courses for planning1

TimeMondayTuesday 2WednesdayThursday 2Friday
7:10 AM     
8:10 AM    582
9:10 AM 564 Topics in Biomedical Experimentation  564 Topics in Biomedical Experimentation
 
10:10 AM   
11:10 AM     
12:10 PM     
1:10 PM     
2:10 PM     
3:10 PM     
4:10 PM     
5:10 PM     

Cross listed (NEUROSCI)

  • 564 Topics in Biomedical Experimentation. 1 credit (may be repeated). This course examines the philosophy of experimental design and practical application and analysis of various experimental approaches in biomedical research. Each section (module) is independent of other sections and is taught within a 5 week block. There are three consecutive blocks per semester. The first 5 week block is always Philosophy of Experimental Design and is required of students from programs participating in the iPBS umbrella.  View the descriptions of the topics for this semester HERE.

VET_CLIN

  • 565 Oncology Journal Seminar
  • 570 Special Topics
  • 574 Cardiology Special Topics
  • 576 Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research
  • 579 Oncology Rounds Seminar
  • 580 Advanced Clinical Pathology
  • 582 Seminar in Clinical Medicine
  • 584 Comparative Theriogenology
  • 585 Selected Topics in Advanced Clinical Neurology
  • 587 Hospital Rotation
  • 589 Advanced Clinical Veterinary Medicine
  • 590 Special Topics in Equine Medicine
  • 591 Advanced Clinical Diagnosis
  • 593 Anesthesia Seminar
  • 596 Advanced Radiology
  • 597 Diagnosis and Treatment of Surgically Correctable Soft Tissue Diseases in Small Animals
  • 598 Surgery Residents Seminar
1 Current students should consult with the department for advising and for the Graduate Student Handbook.
2 Tuesday & Thursday courses are generally 75 minutes long. See schedule of courses for times
For a complete list of courses and descriptions offered by term, see the schedule of courses. For a complete list of courses, see the University Catalog.