All Van Andel Institute Graduate School students follow a similar curriculum schedule, with most courses being completed during the student’s first and second years. Years three through five are heavily focused on the student’s dissertation work as well as professional development.
Students complete eight, four-week modules in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics and epigenetics, bioinformatics and pathophysiology before selecting the laboratory in which they will complete their dissertation research. Through this approach, students acquire the requisite knowledge to address complex research questions and the skills to locate and evaluate the concepts, models and evidence that already exist in scientific literature.
For a full description of the Graduate School’s offerings, please view our Course Catalog here.
Sample Year-by-Year Schedule