Program in Biomedical Sciences

PIBS-year Courses

Below is a typical PIBS-year curriculum. Before registering for courses, students make course choices by consulting with the PIBS Director and Academic Advisors.

Summer (optional, students do not register for this course)

  • PIBS 600: Research Rotation, registration information here.


  • PIBS 600 Research Rotation, 3-4 credits, graded course
  • PIBS 503: Research Responsibility and Ethics, 1 credit, pass/fail course
  • PIBS 800: PIBS Seminar Series, 1 credit, graded course


  • PIBS 600 Research Rotation, 3-4 credits, graded course
  • PIBS 504: Rigor and Reproducibility Training *NEW, *Optional for PIBS students. You are encouraged to enroll but not required.
  • PIBS 800: PIBS Seminar Series , 1 credit, graded course

Spring (students do not register for this course)

  • PIBS 600 Research Rotation


PIBS students are also required to complete the following OSEH Lab Safety Trainings prior to starting work in a lab:

  • BLS025w: General Laboratory Safety Training
  • BLS101w: Biosafety and Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  • BLS204w: Shipping Regulations for Shipping Materials with Dry Ice
  • Note: Other courses may be required by your specific lab

To do this, go to Wolverine Access. Under the Faculty and Staff tab, find MyLinc. Log into MyLinc with your uniqname and password and use the search bar to find the courses listed above. Once completed, send your certificate of completion to

Courses by Progam 

Registering for Courses

You can start registering for classes in late August. To get started with course selection for fall and winter, you can find a class schedule through the Office of the Registrar and descriptions for each course on the U-M Course Catalog. Each program requires certain courses in the first year. Some courses can count for multiple programs or can be substituted and applied to another program, in case you switch. Meet with the Graduate Chair of your primary graduate program of interest to discuss these options. PIBS students do not need to register for classes until Fall Welcome Week, however, you must make sure that you are registered before September 4, 2018 or late fees will apply. You will need to register for a minimum of 9 credits each Fall and Winter term with a maximum of 12 credits. Over 12 credits will be reviewed and approved on a case by case basis. Most PIBS-affiliated PhD programs offer a 1-credit student seminar course that is highly recommended for students interested in that program. Consult the program websites and/or program advisor for more information.

Registering for PIBS 600

You can start registering for PIBS 600 (Independent Study, 3-4 credits) in late August. To register:

  1. Register via Wolverine Access > Student Business > Student Center > Backpack/Registration
  2. Uncheck “Show Open Classes Only”
  3. Enroll in Scott Barolo’s section, #027
  4. Choose the number of credits (3-4) to reach at least 9 total credits.

To change the number of credit hours, you must edit the course. Do not drop PIBS 600 without consulting Michelle DiMondo