Refer to the 2021 CMB Graduate Program Handbook for full details.
CMB Graduate Program Curriculum
All students are required to take:
CMB 621 – Cell & Molecular Biology I
CMB 622 – Cell & Molecular Biology II
CMB 611, Seminar in Biomedical Sciences, each semester
CMB 626 – Ethics in Biomedical Research
CMB 654 (various) – Annually
In the Fall of the second year, students must pass the qualifying exam, a two-part exam consisting of a written multiple choice test and an oral presentation.
Are also required to take:
CMB 631 – three 13-15-week research rotations. Please refer to the Faculty Directory (cmbgrad.jabsom.hawaii.edu/faculty-directory/) to identify faculty research interests.
QHS 601 – Fundamentals of Biostatistics
CMB 669 – Essentials in Grant Writing
Must obtain at least 30 credits. Thesis and non-thesis options are offered.
A graduate student is considered to be enrolled full-time with a course load of 6-9 hours if a Graduate or Teaching Assistant, and 8-12 hours if not a GA or TA. Audited courses do not count towards these course load limits. Upper limits may be exceeded with permission of the Graduate Chair and the Graduate Dean.
Neuroscience Specialization Curriculum
The Neuroscience Specialization is open to any CMB student who wishes to pursue this aspect of the CMB program. Students may enter the program under the Neuroscience specialization, or add it later. CMB-Neuroscience students are required to take the following additional courses:
CMB 606 – Introduction to Neuroscience
CMB 705 – Special Topics in Neuroscience
Research rotations with members of the Neuroscience Graduate Faculty (Visit the UH Neuroscience website).
The Special Topics course is a journal club that runs each semester. All of the coursework and the research rotations are aimed at bolstering the students background and training in Neuroscience. Basic knowledge and understanding of Neuroscience are integrated into the qualifying exam.