Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program


Follow your multi-disciplinary first year with an advanced education that you tailor to your research interests.

View Biomedical Sciences, Ph.D. program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Year 1

Interdisciplinary Training

  • Core curriculum courses
    Students will receive interdisciplinary training tailored to fit requirements for each of the program’s areas of concentration. Courses will include a survey course specific for each area of concentration and four of the following courses (dependent upon the particular area of concentration).
    • Molecular Biochemistry I
    • Molecular Biochemistry II
    • Cell Biology
    • Human Physiology
    • Intercellular Communication
  • Research Preparation
    A substantial part of year one is devoted to aiding students in the selection of a mentor. This is facilitated by the following first-year courses:
    • Introduction to Research (4 credit hours, Fall)
    • Two laboratory rotations (3-6 credit hours, Spring)
    • Advanced Courses (variable credit hours)

Year 2

All Concentrations

  • Perform required teaching duties
  • Advanced curriculum courses
  • Non-dissertation research
  • Form supervisory committee and obtain Program approval
  • Complete preliminary exams

Years 3, 4 and 5

  • Write dissertation proposal and obtain supervisory committee approval
  • Dissertation research
  • Have two (2) committee meetings yearly

Year 5

  • Obtain permission to write dissertation
  • Write, present and defend dissertation
  • Apply for graduation (Graduate Studies Office). Check well in advance for deadline dates.
  • Graduate