Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Graduate Courses

We train graduate students for career success. Our trainers are drawn from within our own department, as well as from other departments within the Academic Health Center.

Most of our PhD students complete their coursework in 1.5 years and complete graduation requirements within 5 years. Financial support of tuition and stipend comes form NIH and USDA training grants involving our graduate faculty or by individual research grants of the mentors.

Graduates of the program typically accept postdoctoral positions at major research universities, industrial positions in the commodities and biotechnology industries, or public service. 

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CMB 5594 - Directed Research in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences

CMB 5594 - Directed Research in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences

Units: 1 - 4 units
Grading Basis: Student Option
Course Components: Laboratory - Required
Consent: Instructor consent
Enrollment Requirement: junior
Description: Independent study as determined by instructor. Usual activity includes conducting research in instructor's lab.

CMB 5910 - Grantwriting: What Makes a Winning Proposal?

CMB 5910 - Grantwriting: What Makes a Winning Proposal?

Units: 2 units
Grading Basis: Student Option
Course Components: Lecture - Required
Description: Components of a strong proposal. Grant submission process. What reviewers look for. How to locate grant announcements that match research interests.

CMB 8100 - Research Rotation in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences

CMB 8100 - Research Rotation in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences

Units: 1 unit
Grading Basis: S - N only
Course Components: Rotation - Required
Enrollment Requirement: CMB grad major
Description: Current developments in faculty research. Topics specific to research adviser's area of interest. Eight weeks.
Prereq: CMB grad student

CMB / ANSC / VMED 8134 - Ethical Conduct of Animal Research

CMB / ANSC / VMED 8134 - Ethical Conduct of Animal Research

Units: 3 units
Grading Basis: Student Option
Course Components: Lecture - Required
Enrollment RequirementGrad or Professional School student
Description: Ethical considerations in the use of animal subjects in agricultural, veterinary, and biomedical research. Federal, state, and University guidelines relating to proper conduct for acquisition and use of animals for laboratory, observational, epidemiological, and clinical research. Regulatory requirements. Bases for proper conduct. Societal impact on scientific investigations utilizing animal subjects.

CMB 8202 - Mechanisms of Animal Health and Disease II

CMB 8202 - Mechanisms of Animal Health and Disease II

Units: 3 units
Grading Basis: A - F only
Course Components: Lecture - Required
Description: Multi-perspective approach to critically evaluating journal articles, as done for peer-reviewed journals. Aspects of host/pathogen interactions, including molecular/genetic mechanisms of host resistance/pathogenesis.

CMB 8303 - Comparative Models of Disease

CMB 8303 - Comparative Models of Disease

Units: 3 units
Grading Basis: A - F only
Course Components: Discussion - Required; Lecture - Required
Enrollment Requirement: Graduate student
Description: Disease processes in organ systems. Examples of animal models. Comparative medicine. Clinical relevance of problem/disease. Animal models used to study disease process/problem. Lectures.
Prereq: Enrollment in a biological sciences grad program or instr consent

CMB 8361 - Neuro-Immune Interactions

CMB 8361 - Neuro-Immune Interactions

Units: 3 units
Grading Basis: Student Option
Course Components: Lecture - Required
Description: Regulatory systems (neuroendocrine, cytokine, and autonomic nervous systems) linking brain and immune systems in brain-immune axis. Functional effects of bidirectional brain-immune regulation. Offered fall of even-numbered years.
Prereq: [MICB 5218 or equiv, NSC 5561 or equiv

CMB / VMED 8550 - Graduate Seminar

CMB / VMED 8550 - Graduate Seminar

Units: 1 unit
Grading Basis: S - N or Audit
Course Components: Lecture - Required
Description: Student/faculty presentations of their own research or a directed topic.
Prereq: Biol sciences grad student

CMB 8560 - Research and Literature Reports

CMB 8560 - Research and Literature Reports

Units: 1 unit
Grading Basis: S - N or Audit
Course Components: Lecture - Required
Enrollment Requirement: CMB grad major
Description: Current developments in cellular and molecular mechanisms of animal health and disease.

VMED 5180 - Ecology of Infectious Disease

VMED 5180 - Ecology of Infectious Disease

Units: 3 units
Grading Basis: Student Option
Course Components: Lecture - Required
Description: How host, agent, environmental interactions influence transmission of infectious agents. Environmental dissemination, eradication/control, evolution of virulence. Use of analytical/molecular tools.

VMED 5181 - Spatial Analysis in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

VMED 5181 - Spatial Analysis in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Units: 3 units
Grading Basis: Student Option, no Audit
Course Components: Lecture - Required
Description: Spatial distribution of disease events. Exposures/outcomes. Factors that determine where diseases occur. Analyzing spatial disease data in public health, geography, epidemiology. Focuses on human/animal health related examples.
Prereq: Intro to epidemiology, statistics

VMED 5190 - Seminar and Presentation Development

VMED 5190 - Seminar and Presentation Development

Units: 2 units
Grading Basis: S - N only
Course Components: Lecture - Required
Description: Spatial distribution of disease events. Exposures/outcomes. Factors that determine where diseases occur. Analyzing spatial disease data in public health, geography, epidemiology. Focuses on human/animal health related examples.
Prereq: Intro to epidemiology, statistics

GCC 3016/5016-Science and Society: Working Together to Avoid the Antibiotic Resistance Apocalypse

GCC 3016/5016-Science and Society: Working Together to Avoid the Antibiotic Resistance Apocalypse

Offered: Spring 2018
Instructors: Drs. Dawn Foster-Hartnett, Patricia Goodman-Mamula, James Johnson, and Timothy Johnson
Units: 3 credits
Prerequisites: Must be a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student
Course Components: Lecture/Discussion, 11:45am-12:35pm, MWF
Course Attributes: Antibiotic resistance, globalization, societal and ethical implications, alternative therapeutic approaches
Description: This course provides an overview of how antibiotic use invoked antibiotic resistance, including in depth discussions of antibiotic resistant microorganisms and the impact of globalization on this exploding problem

CMB 5912-Creativity in Science Careers

CMB 5912-Creativity in Science Careers

Offered: January Intersession
Instructor: Dr. Alice A. Larson
Course Components: Lecture/Discussion, 2nd week in January, 8am-12pm M-Th
Course Attributes: Creative Thinking and Problem Solving in Research
Description: This intersession course will introduce you to methods and tools for harnessing your creativity for problem solving and innovation in your research, and is open to all ages and academic disciplines.