Students entering the M.Sc. program and students entering the Ph.D. program directly from a B.Sc. are required to take both of these courses.
BIOL 530 – The Biology of the Cell. This course focuses on developing students’ oral communication skills and ability to critically evaluate research papers in the cell and developmental biology literature. The exercises require students to deliver clear, effective and polished oral and poster presentations describing data and summarizing important topics in cell and developmental biology.
CELL 501 – Cell and Developmental Biology Research Literature. This course builds on BIOL 530 to focus on the design and implementation of hypothesis driven research, through lectures, class presentations and hands-on exercises. Students learn to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to their own research questions, and are guided through writing a rigorous research proposal outlining their own proposed graduate work.