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Biomedical Sciences Program

About BSP

The Biomedical Sciences Program (BSP) at the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, is an umbrella admissions process designed to provide incoming students with the greatest amount of flexibility in choosing a course of study. During their first year, BSP Fellows enroll in a comprehensive graduate core course and selected electives in a discipline of their interest. BSP students also conduct three laboratory research rotations concurrent with their enrollment in the graduate Core Course. Students may rotate with any three members of the faculty who participate in the Biomedical Sciences Program. Please visit the faculty section of our web site to explore the vast array of faculty in BSP.​ As members of our "umbrella" program you will have access to over 130 faculty in eleven different PhD programs. For more details on each program please visit Areas of Concentration.

Learning Outcomes
The Biomedical Sciences Program trains graduate students to become proficient and successful investigators who are able to:
  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of central concepts in the biomedical sciences.
  2. Understand the basic principles underlying numerous different disciplines within the biomedical sciences
  3. Read and critically evaluate the scientific literature.
  4. Formulate hypotheses based on current concepts in the field and design, conduct, and interpret their own research projects.
  5. Develop ancillary skills, where necessary, to obtain positions outside of scientific research.
At the end of the first year, following successful completion of the graduate course curriculum and preliminary exam, BSP students will select a thesis mentor and join one of the following programs:
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Biology, Stem Cell and Development
  • Computational Bioscience
  • Human Medical Genetics and Genomics 
  • Immunology 
  • Integrated Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Structural Biology & Biochemistry

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