Ph.D. General Requirements

Credit hours and time limit 

The limit on granting the Ph.D. degree is seven years from the date of initial registration as a Ph.D.-objective student. In cases where the Supervisory Committee determines that graduate credit that had been received is obsolete, the Supervisory Committee may recommend appropriate remedial action. However, it should be emphasized that neither the courses completed nor the time spent in study determine the granting of the degree. It is given primarily for high attainment in the field of scholarship and for demonstrated power of independent research in some area(s) of biochemistry and molecular biology. 


The Supervisory Committee will determine the curriculum to be followed by the student. The following are required of all students:

Satisfactory completion of BRTP 821, 822, 823, and 824 with a minimum grade of B- in each course.

Registration for 1 credit of Biochemistry 970 (Seminar) and presentation in the departmental journal club each semester. In addition, students with a Ph.D. objective will be required to present a formal research seminar in the regular departmental seminar during the first semester after they become a Ph.D. candidate. All Ph.D. candidates must deliver a seminar-length presentation of their work in a publicly announced forum sometime between their formal seminar and their dissertation defense, as well as for their defense of dissertation; journal club presentations are not required at these times. Attendance at both the weekly departmental seminars and journal clubs is required. 

Registration in Biochemistry 935 (Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology).

It is to be stressed that the Ph.D. degree is earned primarily through the pursuit of excellence in a field of scholarship that involves the conduct of independent research.