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Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. Program Requirements

Students seeking a Ph.D. degree may choose between three tracks: Cellular Physiology and Molecular Biophysics, Pathophysiology, or Cellular Physiology and Molecular Biophysics with emphasis in Neuroscience.  Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework, pass an oral qualifying examination, complete a doctoral dissertation based on original laboratory work, and defend the dissertation.  Course requirements for each track are described below.  Students are responsible for meeting the requirements of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics for the Ph.D. degree and all other University requirements and deadlines.

Doctoral Tracks

Course

Hrs

Cellular Physiology/ Molecular Biophysics

Pathophysiology

Neuroscience

General Physiology

3

X

X

X

Gene Expression

3

X

X

X

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

3

X

X

X

Cell Biology

3

X

X

X

Molecular Cell Biology

4

 

X

 
Molecular & Biochemical Pathology

3

 

X

 

Neuroscience Elective a

6

 

 

X

Biometrical Methods I

3

X

X

X

Seminar/Journal Club b

4

X

X

X

Scientific Communication and Ethics I & II

 2

X

X

X

Electives

8 hrs c

4 hrs c

5 hrs c

Total Semester Hours

30 hrs

30 hrs

30 hrs

a Neuroscience elective courses must be taken from a list of approved neuroscience courses. Selected courses must be approved by the Graduate Program Director in consultation with the students’s academic advisor.

b With the exception of their final semester, students are expected to enroll in Seminar (either PHYO 5051 or PATH 5041) while in residence.  A total of 4 hours count towards satisfying course requirements.

c Elective courses taken by students must be approved by the Graduate Program Director in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.