Scholarship Requirements

Grading 

Pass-Fail grades are given for: Biochemistry 896, Research Other Than Thesis; Biochemistry 899, Master's Thesis; Biochemistry 999, Doctoral Dissertation; and Biochemistry 970, Seminar. All other Biochemistry and Molecular Biology courses bear letter grades. Credit in graduate level courses is attained as follows:

  1. A minimum grade of B- is required for graduate credit in 800-level courses with 600-level or less counterparts within the student's major department or area.
  2. A minimum grade of C or P (Pass) is required for graduate credit in 800-level courses.
  3. A minimum grade of C or P (Pass) is required for graduate credit in 900-level courses or 800-level courses without 600-level counterparts.

A grade of Incomplete may be given to a student who has a small fraction of course work to complete with the expectation that the work will be completed and a letter grade obtained within one semester. An Incomplete which is not removed within one semester is automatically changed into a grade of F. A grade of WP means Withdrawn-Passing, and WF, Withdrawn-Failing. 

Grade point averages for Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate students will be calculated in the following manner. Each letter grade in all 800 and 900 courses will be assigned a numerical value according to the following schedule which is the one used on the official University of Nebraska transcripts: 

A+ 97-100%

B+ 87-89

C+ 77-79

D+ 67-69

F 59 & below

A 93-96%

B 83-86

C 73-76

D 63-66

A- 90-92%

B- 80-82

C- 70-72

D- 60-62

Each numerical grade value will be multiplied by the credit hours given for the course to give a grade point value. The grade point values of all courses will be added together and divided by the sum of the credit hours. If the resulting value is 3.0 or more, the student will have a B or greater average.  

Maintaining scholarship 

Basic Research Training Program (BRTP) 821, 822, 823, 824 

All beginning students (i.e., students entering the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate program for the first time) must matriculate in BRTP 821, 822, 823, and 824, and demonstrate satisfactory scholarship by passing with a grade of B- or better. Failure to do so may result in the student being dropped from the program, subject to the recommendation by the Graduate Committee to the Dean for Graduate Studies. If the beginning student has had a previous biochemistry course at another institution, he/she must still matriculate in BRTP 821, 822, 823, and 824, but may (with the recommendation of the Graduate Committee) take other graduate courses in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department before fulfilling the requirement in BRTP 821, 822, 823, and 824. Students entering with advanced graduate standing (i.e., students previously enrolled in a biochemistry graduate program) may, in special instances, be excused from taking BRTP 821, 822, 823, and 824 by formal approval of the Graduate Committee.  

B average 

A student who fails to earn an average grade of B (3.0 GPA) may not continue in the program without the special permission of the Graduate Committee of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department. A student failing to receive a passing grade in a course of the major or minor field of study may not continue in the program without permission from the Graduate Committee(s) concerned. 

A student who fails to maintain an overall grade point average of at least a 3.0 in any given semester will automatically be placed on academic probation by the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. The student may not continue his/her program of study without special permission from the Dean who will act on the recommendation of the Graduate Committee of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The student must remove the probationary status within the next 12 months. 

If a student has less than a 3.0 grade point value with one C, he/she will be notified of this fact by the Graduate Committee, advised of the B average ruling and warned about the danger of allowing his/her average to fall lower. A copy of the letter will be sent to the advisor or supervisor (if any) and to the Dean for Graduate Studies. The student will be allowed to continue graduate work. 

If a student has less than a 3.0 grade point average with two or more C grades, the Graduate Committee will determine, in consultation with the Supervisory Committee or advisor, whether the student should continue in graduate school, and if so, under what conditions. Recommendations in accord with these considerations will be made to the Dean for Graduate Studies who will make the final decision on the matter. The student shall be informed in writing of the meeting and the action taken. 

Semiannual review of graduate student's progress 

Twice each year the academic and research progress of each student will be evaluated by the student's supervisor and Supervisory Committee, and a summary report will be filed with the Graduate Committee. This function will be carried out by the Graduate Committee until a supervisor and Supervisory Committee are selected. 

The Graduate Committee will notify graduate students and faculty when the evaluations are overdue. If these reports are not filed in a timely manner, the graduate student may not be permitted to register for the next semester. For details of procedures to be followed by students of different programs and stages of advancement, see the appropriate sections under the Ph.D. and M.S. programs.

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