Example Coursework

Students may be able to waive some course requirements based on graduate coursework completed at other universities where they have been enrolled as a graduate student. Courses must be equivalent to Yale graduate courses, and the Graduate School usually sets a maximum limit of three courses that can waived. Keep in mind that not all courses are offered every semester/year. The “a” after a course number represents a fall course and the “b” represents a spring course.

Some course may be listed at both undergraduate and graduate level. You should register for the graduate level course (500 and above). If it is cross-listed between departments, then it is up to you to decide which one to register for based on your curriculum requirements (this page does not show all cross-listings). Courses for past, present and future terms can be viewed in the Yale Course Search. Any course that is added to the Primary Worksheet in that system will appear in Canvas and in SIS (Student Information System), which is where official registration is submitted for approval by the DGS.

CBB students have also participated in training programs such as Yale’s Integrated Graduate Program in Physical Engineering Biology (PEB) and BBS-run programs such as the Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) and the Yale Cancer Biology Training Program (CBTP). These programs include additional coursework that may or may not count towards CBB requirements.

All students who have finished their course requirements should register for QUAL 999. Those who have finished their qualifying exam register for DISR 999 instead.

Please note that some course titles might change over time e.g. CB&B 740 was formerly called Clinical and Translational Informatics.

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Courses in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

CBB students are required to take the following CBB core courses (found in bold below): CB&B 752, CB&B 740 or CB&B 561, and CB&B 750 or CB&B 562 and the year-long sequence of lab rotations (711, 712, 713).

  • CB&B 523b Biological Physics
  • CB&B 550 Introduction to Neuroinformatics
  • CB&B 555a Unsupervised Learning for Big Data
  • CB&B 561a Modeling Biological Systems I
  • CB&B 562b Modeling Biological Systems II
  • CB&B 567b Topics in Deep Learning: Methods and Biomedical Applications (not given in 2020-2021)
  • CB&B 634a Computational Methods in Informatics
  • CB&B 638a Clinical Database Management Systems and Ontologies
  • CB&B 645b Statistical Methods in Computational Biology (not given in 2020-2021)
  • CB&B 647b Statistical Methods in Human Genetics (not given in 2020-2021)
  • CB&B 663b Deep Learning Theory and Applications (not given in 2020-2021)
  • CB&B 711 1st Lab Rotation
  • CB&B 712 2nd Lab Rotation
  • CB&B 713 3rd Lab Rotation
  • CB&B 740a Introduction to Health Informatics
  • CB&B 745b Advanced Topics in Machine Learning and Data Mining (not given in 2020-2021)
  • CB&B 750b Core Topics in Biomedical Informatics
  • CB&B 752b Biomedical Data Science: Mining and Modeling

Courses in Biological Sciences

Courses are available in many biology-related departments, including Cell Biology (CBIO), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (E&EB), Engineering and Applied Science (ENAS), Genetics (GENE), Immunology (IBIO), Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (MB&B), Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB), Pathology (PATH) and Physiology (PHYS).

Courses that CBB students have taken include the following:

  • CBIO 602a Molecular Cell Biology
  • E&EB 525b Evolutionary Biology
  • ENAS 517b Methods and Logic in Interdisciplinary Research [for students in PEB]
  • ENAS 991a Integrated Workshop [for students in PEB]
  • GENE 625a Basic Concepts: Genetics Analysis
  • GENE 777b Mechanisms of Development
  • IBIO 530a Biology of the Immune System
  • MB&B 600a Principles of Biochemistry I
  • MB&B 602a Molecular Cell Biology
  • MB&B 743b Advanced Eukaryotic Molecular Biology
  • MCDB 550a Physiological Systems [for students in MRSP]
  • MCDB 570b Biotechnology
  • PATH 650b Cellular and Molecular Biology of Cancer [for students in CBTP]
  • PATH 690a Molecular Mechanisms of Disease [for students in MRSP]

Courses in Informatics

Computer Science Courses

Courses are available in Computer Science and other departments. Courses that CBB students have taken include the following:

  • CPSC 524b Parallel Programming Techniques
  • CPSC 537a Introduction to Database Systems
  • CPSC 545a Introduction to Data Mining (not given in 2020-2021)
  • CPSC 570b Artificial Intelligence

Statistics Courses

Many CBB students have taken the following statistics courses:

  • S&DS 538a Probability and Statistics for Scientists
  • S&DS 645b Statistical Methods in Genetics and Bioinformatics (not given in 2020-2021)
  • S&DS 660b Multivariate Statistical Methods (not given in 2020-2021)

Other courses that students have taken include the following:

  • BIS 623a Applied Regression Analysis
  • S&DS 530ab Data Exploration and Analysis
  • S&DS 541a Probability Theory
  • S&DS 542b Theory of Statistics
  • S&DS 551b Stochastic Processes
  • S&DS 610a Statistical Inference
  • S&DS 612a Linear Models
  • S&DS 661b Data Analysis
  • S&DS 665b Data Mining and Machine Learning (not given in 2020-2021)

Research Ethics Courses

These half-semester courses are required by the NSF and must be taken by first-years and by fourth-years. The first-year course is typically shared with several other BBS tracks and meets once a week for 10 sessions. The fourth-year course will meet once as a large group and one to two times as a program.

  • CB&B 601b Responsible Conduct of Research
  • BBS 503b RCR Refresher for Senior BBS Students