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Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology

Ph.D. Program Requirements

  • 90 credits (including BSC7910, BSC7980, BSC7936 and other credits approved by CMMB)
  • Three lab rotations in first semester where appropriate (3 hrs of BSC7910 Directed Research credit)
  • PCB6525 Molecular Genetics (1st structured course) during Fall Semester of first year#
  • PCB6093 (2 hrs) Advances in Scientific Review during Fall Semester of first year
  • PCB6920 (1hr) Advances in Cellular & Molecular Biology during Fall Semester of first year
  • PCB6956 (3 hrs) Scientific Grant Writing during Spring Semester of first year*
  • Minimum of two additional structured courses approved by CMMB (more depending on committee’s assessment, 3 hrs each)
  • BSC6930 (1 hr) Lectures in Contemporary Biology at least 4 times
  • Preliminary Doctoral Examinations – successful completion
    • Written portion (in the format of a grant proposal)
    • Oral portion
  • Submission and approval of Dissertation Proposal
  • Seminar Presentation of Research in BSC6930 upon advancement to candidacy (at least once)
  • 32 Credits Directed Research (BSC7910)
  • 38 Credits Dissertation Research (BSC7980)
  • Presentation Requirement (2 presentations at national/regional professional meetings)
  • Publication Requirement (one research paper submitted for publication to refereed scientific journal by date of the Doctoral Seminar/Defense)
  • Submission of acceptable dissertation
  • Presentation of the doctoral seminar (BSC7936) and successful defense

 

# May be changed to another course that better supports a student’s research endeavors. 

Ph.D. Typical Progress Time line

Projected tracking through program in 5 years
*based on successful completion of written and oral qualifying exams in the time specified, good academic standing and continuation of research during summer sessions

  • Semester 1 (Fall)        
    • BSC 7910 Directed Research or Laboratory Rotations if required
    • PCB 6093 Advances in Scientific Review
    • PCB 6920 Advances in Cellular & Molecular Biology
    • 1st Structured Course
    • Submit Annual Progress Report by December 15th
    • Establish Ph.D. Laboratory and Major Advisor
  • Semester 2 (Spring)   
    • BSC 7910 Directed Research
    • PCB 6956 Scientific Grant Writing (develop aims of written exam)
    • BSC 6930 Lectures in Contemporary Biology (1)
    • 2nd Structured Course
    • Form Thesis Committee (file paperwork)
  • Summer 1                  
    • BSC 7910 Directed Research
    • Circulate Aims to Committee for Approval
    • Begin Work on Written Qualifying Exam
  • Semester 3 (Fall)
    • BSC 7910 Directed Research
    • BSC 6930 Lectures in Contemporary Biology (2)
    • 3rd Structured Course
    • Submit Written Qualifier by 9:00 am on the first day of Fall classes
    • Hold Annual Committee Meeting
    • Submit Annual Progress Report by December 15th
  • Semester 4 (Spring)
    • BSC 7910 Directed Research
    • BSC 6930 Lectures in Contemporary Biology (3)
    • Begin work on Dissertation proposal
  • Summer 2
    • BSC 7910 Directed Research
    • Continue work on Dissertation Proposal
  • Semester 5 (Fall)
    • BSC 7910 Directed Research
    • BSC 6930 Lectures in Contemporary Biology (4)
    • Submit Dissertation Proposal
    • Complete Oral Qualifier by October 15th (Advance to Candidacy, file paperwork)
    • Hold annual committee meeting
  • Semester 6
    • BSC 7980 Doctoral Dissertation
    • Submit Annual Progress Report by December 15th
    • Give Research Seminar in BSC 6930
  • Summer 3
    • BSC 7980 Doctoral Dissertation
  • Semester 7
    • BSC 7980 Doctoral Dissertation
    • Annual Progress Report by December 15th
    • Hold Annual Committee Meeting
  • Semester 8
    • BSC 7980 Doctoral Dissertation
  • Summer 4 Semester 9
    • BSC 7980 Doctoral Dissertation
    • Annual Progress Report by December 15th  
    • Hold Annual Committee Meeting
  • Semester 10
    • BSC 7980 Doctoral Dissertation
    • BSC 7936 Ph.D. Seminar
    • Defend thesis and graduate