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Customizable Curriculum

TSRI graduate students initially focus on customizing their curriculum with the goal of extending their undergraduate education to the current frontier of knowledge. Course selection is guided by the interests of the student. While students may choose courses within one research area for focused studies (also known as tracks), they are encouraged to develop a breadth of experience by taking multidisciplinary courses for a customized program of study. Examples of the types of courses selected by current TSRI students of varying research focus areas can be viewed HERE. (opens new window)


To view the list of courses currently available to students on both campuses, click HERE, which will open the current schedule in a new tab or window.

Students customize their curriculum by choosing a minimum of 12 credits to serve as their core. These courses are taken for a letter grade, and the student must earn a minimum of a B- to receive credit for the course. Students also have the option of taking electives which are courses taken as pass/fail. Explore TSRI’s customizable curriculum by using the tool below. View specific course information by clicking on a course image. To add a course to your curriculum, click on a green ADD button.


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Click here to view the learning objectives of the curriculum you created.

A NEW WAY OF THINKING: Create your curriculum. Scroll down to view all of the courses. Click on any course below to learn more details about the class. As you find courses you want as part of your curriculum, add them as a core or elective class.

Bacteria and Antibiotics – focuses on bacteria, the disease they cause, and analysis of mechanism of action of antibioticBiophysics – focuses on biophysical methods used to study structure and functionBusiness of Biotechnology – discusses the fundamentals of building and operating biotechnology-based companiesCancer Biology – intrinsic and cell-autonomous mechanisms of cancer and normal cellsEffective Career Planning – help students identify skills and resources necessary for effective career planningCell Biology – focuses on the underlining principles and complexities of the living cellChemical Biology I – provides a broad overview of the fields of bioorganic chemistry and chemical biologyChemical Biology II – provides a broad overview of the field of chemical biology, with a focus on small molecule drug developmentClassics in Total Synthesis – deals with modern synthesis methods of complex organic moleculesClinical Investigation – teaches how to pursue clinical research as practicing scientistsComputational Biology and Bioinformatics – exposes students to computational methods, tools, and resourceCurrent Topics in Sensory Neuroscience – provides multifaceted training in sensory system neuroscienceDrug Discovery & Development – reviews the processes through which potential new therapeutics are identifiedDrugs of Today – examines the intricate functional signaling mechanisms that underlie common and blockbuster drug actionsEthics in Science – engages students in reading, considering, and discussing responsible conduct of scienceFellowship Boot Camp – guides students in the preparation of a proposal for submission to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramFundamentals of Neuroscience – covers the fundamental principles of neuroscience from a cellular and molecular perspectiveGenetics and Genomics – focuses on DNA sequence variations and the applications of genomic technologiesHeterocyclic Chemistry – focuses on the fundamental principles and reactivity of basic ring systemsImmunology – covers the cellular and molecular mechanisms of host defenseIntroduction to Biostatistics – teaches the principles biostatistical analysisIntroduction to Immunology and Microbial Science – explore mechanisms by which organisms defend themselves against microbesConcepts of Memory and Learning – covers classic and modern concepts of learning and memoryMedicinal Chemistry – covers drug design and actionModern Organic Synthesis – in-depth coverage of specific synthesis reactionsMolecular Biology – focuses on essential biological processes at the molecular levelMolecular Medicine – teaches the biology of health and diseaseNatural Product Biosynthesis and Engineering – focuses on the structural diversity and production of natural productsNeurobiology of Alcohol and Drug Addiction – focuses on the interactions between neural circuits and neurosignaling mechanisms that provide well-regulated brain function, and how premorbid conditions, genetic predisposition, and long-term drug exposure dysregulates these mechanisms in a manner leading to the psychopathology of addictionNeurobiology of Disease – covers some of the important and tractable disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systemOrganometallic Chemistry – focuses on the transformation of organometallic compounds of transition metalsPhysical Organic Chemistry – focuses on reaction mechanismsProtein Folding in the Cell – focuses on factors that mediate folding, trafficking, and degradation in vivoScientific Communication– learn the proper way to structure a scientific talkSignal Transduction – provides an in-depth knowledge of the physiological functions and aberrations of disease-related signaling pathwaysSpectroscopy – introduces a variety of spectroscopic methodsStructural Biology – covers primary to quaternary structure of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipidsVirology – focuses on human DNA and RNA virusesX-ray Crystallography – provides the fundamentals for solving atomic resolution protein structures