Sanford School of Medicine Basic Biomedical Sciences

Curriculum

Your Ph.D. from the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences is a research-based degree that will require four or more years of study. The University of South Dakota Graduate School requires a minimum of 84 credit hours of study for the degree. Approximately 30 of these credits will be directly associated with your research project. The remainder will be a mix of core courses and courses you and your faculty mentor determine are important.

First-Year Core Courses
Number Name Credits
CPHD 610
Experimental Design & Analysis 3
CPHD 720 / 721 Foundations I & II
6/3
CPHD 727 
Responsible Conduct of Research
1
CPHD 890
Seminar
1/semester

 

Every student must enroll in 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and at least 1 credit hour during the summer semester to remain a full time student. Additional course work requirements will vary depending on the research area you choose. 

Sample Programs of Study


Neuroscience Specialization

Number Name Credits
ANAT 731 Human Neuroanatomy 4
ANAT 732 Advanced Neuroanatomy 5
NSCI 710 Neuropharmacology 3
NSCI 720 Neurobiology of Disease 3
NSCI 792 Special Topics in Neuroscience 2

Infectious Diseases Specialization

Number Name Credits
MICRO 732 Microbial Genetics 4
MICRO 736 Mech. Bacterial Pathogen 4
MICRO 738 Microbial Physiology 4
MICRO 792 Selected Topics 3


Physiology & Pharmacology Specialization

Number Name Credits
CPHD 702 Signal Transduction 3
PHGY 752 Fluid Balance & Electrolytes 3
PHGY 753 Respiration 4
PHGY 754 Circulation & Hemodynamics 4
PHPH 720 Physiol & Pharm I 5
PHPH 721 Physiol & Pharm II 5


The remaining credits needed for the Ph.D. are elective courses decided by you and your faculty mentor.

The M.S. from the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is also a research-based degree that typically requires two years of study. The University of South Dakota Graduate School requires a minimum of 31 credit hours of study for the degree. Approximately 6 of these credits will be directly associated with your research project. The remainder  will be a mix of core courses and courses you and your faculty mentor determine are important.