Academic Features

Academic Features

Integrated Common Core Curriculum

At Washington State University, you and your research mentor will tailor your academic coursework to meet your research interests and needs. First year students have the opportunity to participate in two integrated required courses that emphasize self-directed learning and advance your preparation for life-long success in biomedical science.

Each course features faculty members and research across the college; includes individual and group participation and helps you advance your critical thinking skills.

Common Curriculum Offerings


NEUROSCI/MBIOS/VET_PH/VET_PATH/VET_MICR/GLANHLTH 563
Deconstruction of Research. (3 credits) Deconstruction of Research is based on the premise that construction of new scientific knowledge builds from a foundation of primary evidence that requires critical evaluation through active analysis and productive discourse. Students will learn and understand the nature and development of scientific knowledge transmitted through oral and written avenues. Students will learn the necessary skills required for critical analysis of general concepts no matter how familiar or unfamiliar the topic. This is typically offered during the Fall semester, but not always.

NEUROSCI/MBIOS/VET_PH/VET_PATH/VET_MICR/GLANHLTH/PHIL 564
Topics in Biomedical Experimentation. 1-3 credits (may be repeated). This course examines the philosophy of experimental design, ethics, practical application, responsible conduct and analysis of various experimental approaches in biomedical research. Each section is taught within a 5-week block of time called a module. Each section is worth 1 credit each.  Sections 1-2 are all the same course that are just offered during different times of the semester. The same goes for sections 4-5, as well as sections 7-9. However, the Statistical Interference Section 10 course is only offered once during Module 2 (Weeks 6-10). Class sizes are no larger than 15-20 students per section. 
The Topics in Biomedical Experimentation course is typically offered during the Spring semester.

See below for a visual of what to expect for Spring 2021. 
*Attention current students: For questions regarding which section or prefix to enroll in, please contact your program's academic coordinator or faculty coordinator.


Fall 2017 Offered