The first year core curriculum is a one year interdisciplinary program. The two-semester series (IDL 580 and 581) in Fundamentals of Biomedical Science is designed to give students a broad didactic background in the fundamentals essential to advanced research training, ranging from biochemistry and molecular biology to mechanisms of human disease.

Fall Semester

Formal coursework:
IDL 580 -- Fundamentals of Biomedical Science I (8 credit hours)
IDL 577 -- Introduction to Research Methods (3 credit hours)
IDL 576 -- Literature Reports (1 credit hour)
IDL 594 -- Directed Studies Rotation (1 credit hour)
GIS 501 -- Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit)

Informal requirements:
Attendance at the weekly College of Medicine Distinguished Scientist Seminar series

Spring Semester

Formal coursework:
IDL 581 -- Fundamentals of Biomedical Science II (8 credit hours)
IDL 594 -- Directed Studies (3 credit hours)
IDL 576 -- Literature Reports (1 credit hour)

Informal requirements:
Attendance at the weekly College of Medicine Distinguished Scientist Seminar series

Advanced coursework is determined by the discipline or formal program chosen by the student, along with recommendations made by the student's dissertation committee. 

For an overview of the requirements for the Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, view the current Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin.

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