PhD in Biology
Cell/Molecular Biology Concentration
The doctoral degree in biology (cell/molecular biology concentration) is awarded to a student who has demonstrated mastery in the field of biology and a distinct and superior ability to make substantial contributions to the field. It is not awarded merely as a result of courses taken, nor for years spent in studying or research. The quality of work and the resourcefulness of the student must be such that the faculty can expect a continuing effort toward the advancement of knowledge and significant achievement in research and related activities.
The doctoral degree in biology prepares students to enter research careers in academic and industrial settings, and non-research careers in a variety of areas including public policy, science communication, intellectual property law, and science education.
Provides a foundation in molecular and cellular biology, research methodologies and practices, rigorous hypothesis-driven scientific investigation, and the dissemination of research results and ideas.
In general, work for the Ph.D. takes five years of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. A substantial portion of this time is spent in independent research leading to a dissertation. Up to 30 hours toward a master’s degree may apply as part of the student’s doctoral program. Normally 90 credit hours of study beyond the bachelor’s degree are required for the Ph.D.
Each student must complete an individualized program of study in the area of cell/molecular biology approved by the student’s advisory committee and the department. This course of study must include:
|BIOL 8000||Introduction To Scientific Thought And Expression||3|
|BIOL 8010||Advanced Molecular Biology||4|
|BIOL 8090||Advanced Cell Biology||4|
|BIOL 8100||Research Methodology: Cell And Molecular Biology||3|
|BIOL 8200||Advanced Signal Transduction||3|
|BIOL 8930||Seminar In Biology (take 3 times)||1|
|Select additional course and research credits to attain the minimum number of semester hours|
Ph.D. candidates must pass a written and oral qualifying examination in the Spring of their second year of the program and a final written and oral dissertation defense examination. After passing the qualifying examination, the student must meet each year with their Dissertation Committee and have a first-authorship manuscript accepted by a peer-reviewed scientific journal in order to be qualified for defense of their dissertation research.
Courses numbered at the 5000 and 6000 levels are intended primarily for students at the master’s level. Courses numbered at the 7000 and 8000 levels are intended primarily for students at the post-master’s (students with a master’s degree, or with more than 34 graduate credit hours) and doctoral levels. Courses carrying a dual listing (numbered at both 5000/7000 or 6000/8000 levels) are available to students at both levels. In these cases, there may be substantive differences in the course requirements for students registered at the advanced level.
The department considers experience in teaching to be a vital and significant component of graduate education. Therefore, all graduate students in the Ph.D. program are required to complete at least one semester of formal teaching experience. M.S. students also are expected to acquire teaching experience as part of their graduate programs.