MBTG Requirements

MBTG course requirements

Seminar: MBTG trainees must register for and attend the MBTG student seminar (914, 1 credit) each Fall and Spring semester of their first three years of graduate school.  Trainees in their fourth and later years are strongly encouraged, but not required, to attend (registration optional). Involvement of senior trainees in the seminar series is very valuable to the presenting students, because of the insights they can provide. Furthermore, it helps to build a stronger community of trainees. All trainees present a seminar in the Fall semester of their second years and the Spring semester of their third years.  The 914 seminar is cross-listed in Biochemistry and Microbiology, so it counts toward major credit in both IPiB and MDTP.

Breadth: MBTG trainees must fulfill the major and minor course requirements of their respective PhD programs. To ensure that trainees experience adequate breadth in their didactic training, the MBTG program requires completion of course work in two major disciplines: molecular/cell biology and macromolecular biochemistry. Most trainees satisfy these general requirements without increasing their credit load. Below we list a variety of "pre-approved" courses that satisfy the cross-disciplinary breadth requirements. Trainees may request approval of alternative courses to meet these requirements. In particular, trainees with an exceptionally strong academic foundation in a given area are encouraged to substitute more advanced courses for those listed.

Trainees must take a total of four courses: two from the Molecular and Cell Biology category, one from the Macromolecular Biochemistry category, and one additional course from either of these. MBTG trainees are also encouraged to substitute a course in quantitative biology (e.g., Biostatistics 571 or other) for their fourth course.


Molecular and Cell Biology*

Title Typically Offered Last Offered
Cellular and Molecular Biology/Pathology (Pathology 750) varies Spring 2013
Carcinogenesis and Tumor Cell Biology (Oncology 703) varies Fall 2012
Plant Cell Biology (Botany 860) varies Spring 2013
Regulation of Microbial Gene Expression (Microbiology/Biochemistry 726) varies Spring 2010
Eukaryotic Molecular Biology (Biochemistry/Pharmacology 620) Spring Spring 2013
Topics in Eukaryotic Regulation (Biochemistry/Genetics 703) varies Spring 2013
Prokaryotic Molecular Biology (Microbiology/Biochemistry/Genetics 612) Fall Fall 2012
General Virology - Multiplication of Viruses (Oncology 640) Fall Fall 2012
Cytoskeletal Dynamics (Anatomy 700) varies Spring 2011
Advanced Microbial Genetics (Microbiology/Genetics 607) Spring Spring 2017
Immunology of Infectious Disease (Microbiology 790) varies Spring 2013


Macromolecular Biochemistry*

Title Typically Offered Last Offered
Biophysical Chemistry (Chemistry/Biochemistry 665) Fall Spring 2013
Protein and Enzyme Structure and Function (Biochemistry 601) Fall Fall 2012
Chemical Biology (Biochemistry 704) varies Fall 2012
Mechanisms of Enzyme Action (Biochemistry 624) Fall Fall 2012
Coenzymes and Cofactors in Enzymology (Biochemistry 625) Spring Spring 2013
Microbiology at Atomic Resolution (Microbiology/Biomolecular Chemistry 668) Spring Spring 2013
Physiology of Microorganisms (Microbiology 625) varies Spring 2013


Occasionally, a course at UW Madison not "pre-approved" above could satisfy the MBTG course requirements, particularly in the Molecular and Cell Biology category. Some courses that have been approved previously to meet the Molecular and Cell Biology requirement are: Intermediary Metabolism of Micronutrients (Biochemistry 619) and Genetic and Proteomic Analysis (Genetics 875). Students that wish to substitute these or other graduate level courses to satisfy their MBTG course requirements should contact Dr. Hull (cmhull@wisc.edu) to explore this option. 

Ethics: All trainees must enroll in one of three “Appropriate Conduct of Science” courses, Oncology 675, Microbiology/Chemistry 901, or Biochemistry/Biomolecular Chemistry 701 to satisfy the NIH requirement for ethics training.  Under some circumstances students may take an alternative ethics course (e.g. Medical History 545 (Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Investigation), Medical History 999 (Research Ethics), or Surgical Science 812 (Research Ethics and Career Development)) - these courses were generally chosen over the others due to their stronger emphasis on human medical or animal use ethics.  Contact Dr. Hull (cmhull@wisc.edu) with any questions about ethics courses.

*Click on the title of a course to see a sample syllabus