Academic Program

UCSF Course Catalog

FIRST YEAR
Fall Quarter 1st year

DSCB 215 Laboratory Rotation #1
DSCB 216 Journal Club
DSCB 217 Seminar Series
DSCB 257 Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
BIOMED SCI 260 Cell Biology

Winter Quarter 1st year
DSCB 215 Laboratory Rotation #2
DSCB 215 Laboratory Rotation #3
DSCB 216 Journal Club
DSCB 217 Seminar Series
Genetics 200A Principles of Genetics

Spring Quarter 1st year
DSCB 216 Journal Club
DSCB 217 Seminar Series
DSCB 250 Research
3 minicourses, 1 per module

SECOND YEAR
The elective requirement can be satisfied by taking one full-length course or two mincourses. The elective is usually taken during the second year. See Examples of Electives for DSCB Students below.

Fall Quarter 2nd year
DSCB 216 Journal Club
DSCB 217 Seminar Series
DSCB 250 Research

Winter Quarter 2nd year
DSCB 216 Journal Club
DSCB 217 Seminar Series
DSCB 250 Research

Spring Quarter 2nd year
DSCB 216 Journal Club
DSCB 217 Seminar Series
DSCB 250 Research
BIOMED SCI 214 Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research
The Qualifying Examination should be completed by the end of the quarter.

Examples of Electives for DSCB Students

The elective requirement can be fulfilled by taking one full length course or two minicourses.

Biological and Medical Informatics 206 - Introduction to Bioinfomatics
Fall (3 units)
Introduction to principles and techniques for computer-assisted decision making in the health sciences. Topics include rules-based systems, neural networks and other statistical approaches to decision support. (BIO MD INF)

Biochemistry 241 - Idea to IPO…& Beyond
Winter, Spring (3 units)
This course examines how to build successful life science businesses from promising experimental research results. Case studies and lectures will be led by industry leaders on topics including an overview of the biotechnology industry and its markets, sources of capital, strategic partnering, and business plans. (BIOCHEM)

Bioengineering 221 - Tissue Mechanobiology
Fall (2 units)                     
A central role for many tissues is to support physical forces (tension, compression, shear, pressure). This course will introduce the mechanisms by which cells respond to load; how these mechanisms are relevant to normal function disease etiology; progression; prevention & treatment; an overview of tissue mechanics (relationships between force, stress/strain), mechanisms of cell/matrix interactions, examples of tissue modeling & remodeling in response to physical stimuli. (BIOENG PRG)

Biomedical Sciences 211 - Human Evolution & Population Genetics
Winter (3 units)
This course covers the basics of population and evolutionary genetics, including models of sequence evolution, genetic diversity within and between species, natural selection and speciation. We will also discuss the relevance of population genetics for understanding the genetic basis of complex and Mendelian diseases. (EPID & BIO)

Neurosciences 223 - Developmental Neurobiology
Fall (3 units)
This course will cover important areas of vertebrate and invertebrate nervous system development. It will integrate findings from anatomical cellular, molecular and genetic approaches. Topics may include neural induction, regionalization of the neural plate and neural tube, cell-type specification, proliferation, apoptosis morphogenesis, neurogenesis, gliogenesis, migration, differentiation, axon pathfinding, dendritogenesis, synaptogenesis. Offfered every three years beginning Fall 2001. (PHYSIOLOGY)

Oral & Craniofacial Science 210 - Developmental Biology of the Craniofacial Complex
Fall (1.5 units)
This course explores the molecular and cellular mechanisms of craniofacial development. Specific topics include patterning and morphogenesis of the tooth, head skeleton, palate, and other associated structures in a variety of vertebrate model systems. A goal is to understand the etiologies of diseases, syndromes, and abnormalities that affect the craniofacial complex. (DSCB PROG, OCS PROG)

Oral & Craniofacial Science 221 - Extracellular Matrices
Winter (2 units)
Assembly and composition of extracellular matrices, including interactions that occur between cells and matrices. Emphasis on the role of various extracellular matrices during development, function of cell-matrix interactions in the adult, and the perturbation of these relationships that accompanies various disease processes. (CELL&TISBI)

More elective choices.