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Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology Curriculum




  • Entry level CMP students take the first year curriculum of the Molecular Biosciences umbrella program.
  • Students do three laboratory rotations in their first year. Typically by the end of the third rotation, each student will have identified the lab in which he/she will perform thesis research.
  • At the end of the first year curriculum (sometime in June), entry level students take a written qualifying exam.
  • The CMP Graduate Program specifies the curriculum for subsequent years. You can also choose to participate in the Cancer Biology Concentration as part of the CMP graduate program.
  • The propositional/oral exam is taken within one year of completing the written qualifying exam. It is intended to be a discussion of the student's proposed thesis research.
  • Beginning in the year following the oral qualifying exam, each student meets with a Research Advisory Committee annually to review the student's progress towards completion of research and defense of his/her thesis.
  • Students completing the CMP Graduate Program earn a PhD degree from the School of Graduate Studies.
First Year
Molecular Biosciences Requirements - 23 credits

Fund of Molec Biosciences (16:695:538)

6 credits

Experimental Meth in Molec Biosci (16:695:539)

2 credits

Essential Skills I (16:695:551)

1 credit

Ethical Scientific Conduct (16:115:556)

1 credit

Lab Rotation I and II (16:695:615)

4 credits

Mini-Courses in Molec Biosciences (16:695:621-638, 1 credit each)

6 credits

Essential Skills II (16:695:552)

1 credit

Lab Rotation III (16:695:615)

2 credits

Subsequent Year Requirements
Principles of Drug Action and Targeting  (16:718:680) 3 credits
Four of six seminar courses (16:718:685) Graduate Student Research Seminar 8 credits
Prog Reports of MBS Students (1 per semester) (16:695:600) 0 credits
Statistics (16:115:557 or 16:125:578 or 16:960:501) 3 credits
Advanced Research 24 credits

The Cancer Biology Training Program(CBTP) substitutes 2 of the CMP seminar courses for a total of 4 credits from the courses listed below.  Courses used to fulfill Molecular Biosciences requirements cannot be reused to fulfill CBTP requirements.


Topics in Molecular Medicine (16:681:681) 1 credit
Genomics in Cancer Therapeutics (16:718:603) 3 credits
Cancer Genes and Cell minicourse (16:695:check each spring for course #) 1 credit
Cancer Cell Metabolism minicourse (16:695:check each spring for course #) 1 credit
Cancer and Clinical Oncologyy  minicourse (16:695:check each spring for course #) 1 credit
p53 minicourse (16:695:check each spring for course #) 1 credit

16:115:558 Ethical Scientific Conduct Refresher. This course is required of all 5th year graduate students as well as MD/PhD in the 3rd year of PhD. This is a case-based course that reviews the most important topics in Responsible Conduct of Research. It complies with NIH requirements.




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Division of Life Sciences Graduate Program Office
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Nelson Lab-604 Allison Rd
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: 848.445.9517