Applicants to either the M.S. or Ph.D. programs are expected to hold a baccalaureate with a combined total of at least 42 credits in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. A minimum of 18 credits in one of these areas will be required, and at least 6 credits in each of the other areas.
Applicants are required to submit official scores of the Graduate Record Examination aptitude test and an advanced test in biology, chemistry, or physics.
Program Leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) Degree
A minimum of 36 graduate credits is required for the M.S. degree. Areas of specialization (tracks): Molecular Genetics (MG); Immunology and Infectious Disease (IID); Structural and Cell Biology (SCB); and Neuroscience (NEU).
Program of Study and Research - 36 Credits
Doctoral programs in the Department of Biomedical Sciences are designed to train qualified individuals for careers as scientists and teachers in academic and research institutions, public and governmental agencies, and various industrial settings.
The program of study and research requires at least three academic years of full-time study and research or the equivalent over a longer period beyond the baccalaureate and, typically, may involve four or more years of full-time study.
Program of Study and Research (66 credits, minimum)
The course of study of each student is planned with a faculty advisor who takes into account the student's previous preparation; area of specialization, and professional objectives.
The student must complete satisfactorily:
The student must demonstrate proficiency in an approved research tool. This can be accomplished by demonstrating a reading knowledge of one appropriate foreign language or competency in computer science, statistical analysis, or biometrics. Alternatives may be allowed through approval of a student petition.
The student must submit an acceptable dissertation which represents a significant and original contribution in his/her area of specialization.
Full Time Study in Residence
All students are required to be registered for a minimum of 7 credits per semester for 2 semesters.
Admission to Candidacy
A student is admitted to candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy upon the following: