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  Core Curriculum Overview

  • Designed to provide students with a solid background in key areas
  • Provide options in tailoring coursework to specific interests
  • Teach independent, critical thinking skills, and grant writing
  • Fulfill NIH-mandated requirements for scientific ethics
  • 2023-24 Curriculum Grid
2023-2024 Curriculum Grid


Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology Program Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0, earn at least a B- in each of the core courses, and remain in good standing to be eligible for tuition waivers and stipend. Students must be registered full time between 9-12 graduate credit hours per semester during Fall and Spring.

*DO NOT add or drop courses after the first day of the semester until you contact the Program Office for guidance

Fall 2023 Semester

University Fall 2023 Class Schedule

Attention: Classroom assignments may change between the time you register and when classes begin. Please check your class schedule for the latest classroom location information before attending class.


All first year students will self-select two (2) selectives courses that match their research interest and/or explore the range of disciplines and research emphasis areas.

  • All Selectives will be held during Second Half Semester
  • Please note some classes overlap in days/times.
  • Contact the Instructor or Department Coordinator if a permission code is required
  • Selectives will be 1.5-3 credits each

Fall 2023 Selectives


Graduate students in the second year and beyond take additional coursework, often discussion courses centered around primary literature and focused on topics relevant to the thesis. In addition to the Selective above there are elective options in the participating departments.

Graduate Electives Fall 2023.pdf | Graduate Electives Fall 2022.pdf | Graduate Electives Fall 2021.pdf




Spring 2024 Semester

University Spring 2024 Class Schedule



  • Designed to help students gain proficiency in areas of interest
  • These courses vary by year and semester
  • Many are taught every other year
  • Available to first year students and advanced graduate students in thesis departments

 Graduate Electives Spring 2024.pdf Graduate Electives Spring 2023.pdf | Graduate Electives Spring 2022.pdf 


Additional Frequent Electives




Genome Sciences


Genome Sciences Program Certificate

The goal of the Genome Sciences (GS) Program is to train the next generation of investigators to integrate genomics with biological and clinical research. Genome sciences merges functional genomics and translational biology to investigate biological systems at all levels of complexity.



The Med-into-Grad program at the University of Utah provides didactic coursework and clinical mentoring to PhD students and leads to the MSCI (Masters of Clinical Investigation).
Med-into-Grad activities and mentoring are integrated seamlessly with department-based requirements in order to provide comprehensive medical science education that will assist pre-doctoral students at each step of their graduate work, from classroom studies and thesis research, to developing long-term lines of investigation with an eye to translation and relevance to human disease.

Students should be a current PhD graduate student in the Colleges of Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, or Engineering, or the School of Medicine. They must have completed their first year of graduate school, have identified their thesis mentor, and have a strong interest in pursuing translational research during and following graduate school.

Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

Deadline: June 30, 2024

Kellie Brown, 



Last Updated: 6/12/24