About Basic Biomedical Science Curriculum (BBSC)

The First-Year Graduate Studies in Basic Biomedical Science offers an extraordinary graduate experience that furnishes a strong foundation and breadth of biomedical concepts. The Basic Biomedical Science Curriculum (BBSC) is a specially designed first-year integrated curriculum for students wishing to pursue their doctoral research training in any of the following graduate programs at UTMB:

The BBSC provides a desirable environment for collaborative interactions with over 350 nationally and internationally renowned graduate faculty across multidisciplinary research areas. The BBSC is composed of three 16-week foundation courses (Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology & Genetics), a series of 8-week integrative electives, laboratory rotations, and a set of specialized courses and activities (ethics, seminar, and statistics).

Students selected for graduate assistantships receive an initial stipend of $28,000 paid tuition and fees, and health insurance coverage. Dental insurance is also available for a small charge. Graduate assistantships are only available to US citizens and permanent residents (green card holders). Students entering without financial support are not guaranteed support in subsequent years.