During the first semester, you will embark on lab rotations alongside research faculty, participate in coursework with your peers, and select one of the eleven biomedical PhD programs of your choice. The BSTP program begins in July, so we encourage you to arrive as early as possible to complete a research rotation before classes begin. You'll complete at least three rotations, learn new techniques and get to know the faculty. During the lab rotations, you will attend journal clubs, research seminars, and lab meetings. 

Curriculum Details 

  • You will have an academic advisor who will help set up rotations. 
  • In the middle of the first year, you’ll choose the thesis advisors and join one of our 11 BSTP PhD programs. Your research interests are the primary factor in this choice.
  • Most students take our course in cell and molecular biology IBMS 453 & IBMS 455. It offers an introduction to modern cell and molecular biology and provides a strong foundation for research in all of the PhD programs of the BSTP. (Students with master’s degrees can place out of this course and take more advanced offerings.)
  • If you have strong quantitative skills in physics or math but limited biology exposure, you may be guided instead to cell physiology courses including PHOL 432, PHOL 456.