College of Graduate Studies

Structure of the Curriculum

The goal of the Biomedical Sciences First Year Curriculum is to provide students with the critical knowledge, skills, and scientific insight necessary to be successful in any of the professional specialties in the College of Graduate Studies at MUSC. The First Year Curriculum lays the groundwork for the student's later advanced coursework and research training in a specific Ph.D. program, or program track, with a specific mentor, advisory committee and Ph.D. dissertation project.

The curriculum as a whole has five complementary elements: Foundations of Biomedical Sciences (CGS 701/702), Essential Scientific Practices (CGS 710/711/712), Laboratory Rotations (CGS 720/721), Important Unanswered Questions in the Biomedical Sciences (CGS 760), and Spring Selectives (various). To familiarize students with doctoral training programs offered by the College of Graduate Studies, a series of Program Exposures that highlight individual departments and/or programs are held at the beginning of the fall semester. Students are required to attend all classes in each of the five complementary elements, and each of the nine Program Exposures. As a prerequisite for the PhD degree, the College requires that students demonstrate a predetermined level of statistical competence. This may be achieved by either enrolling in and completing CGS 700 in the second or subsequent years of graduate study, or by providing transcript evidence of satisfactory completion of previously-taken statistical course(s) that fulfill the College requirement.


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