1. School of Biomedical Sciences Core (Waivers or substitutions must be approved by the Director)
a. Cell Biology
b. General Biochemistry (one of the following):
c. Quantitative Methods and Statistics (one of the following):
e. Professional Development
2. Cellular Biology and Structure Core (waivers or substitutions must be approved by the Director)
a. Human Microscopic Anatomy
b. Concentration Electives - including courses listed above not selected, other pertinent courswork at a consortial institution not otherwise selected, and/or the following:
c. General Electives - with the advice and concurrence of the Guidance Committee the student will complete additional courses in preparation for the doctoral candidacy examination.
3. Molecular Biology and Genetics Core (Waivers or substitutions must be approved by the Director)
a. Methodology Courses - a minimum of four credits is selected from among the following four groups:
b. Elective Courses - including courses listed above not selected, other pertinent courswork at a consortial institution not otherwise selected, and/or the following:
c. Seminars - Each student is expected to register for and attend special topics courses, seminars, and "journal clubs" as they are offered. Formal registration in BMS 60291 will be required every semester until passage of the candidacy examination. Each student presents at least one seminar each year, and, in addition, a formal presentation of the dissertation research will be required in the seminar format.
Master of Science
The Master of Science degree may be awarded upon completion of 32 hours of graduate coursework including a doctoral core listed above and 6 hours of Thesis I (BMS 60199) during which a master's thesis will be completed. There is no non-thesis option.
Doctor of Philosophy
A student entering the program with a baccalaureate degree may be admitted either directly into the Ph.D. program or as a Master's degree candidate depending upon background and preparation. A Master's student may either complete that degree or may petition for admission to the doctoral program upon the satisfactory completion of 20 semester hours of formal graduate coursework. Upon the recommendation of the student's Guidance Committee, the approval of the Cellular and Molecular Biology Program Committee and the Director of the School of Biomedical Sciences the change in degree program will be made.
Candidates for the Ph.D. are expected to engage, to the extent possible, in other activities beneficial to their professional development. The teaching of laboratories and lecture courses, as appropriate, is considered valuable, and each student should have this experience during his or her graduate career, including those on non-teaching scholarships or research appointments for most or all of their tenure. Students should also seek membership in professional organizations, attend meetings to present research results, and maintain currency in the relevant literature.
"The curriculum, laboratory training, and scientific interactions I experienced during my graduate training prepared me well for a career in academic research...I definitely recommend this program to anyone with a serious interest in biomedical science.Maria Wildroudt-Sheakley, Ph.D. '05