PhD General Requirements

Credit hours and time limit 

The limit on granting the PhD degree is seven years from the date of initial registration as a PhD-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 In cases where the Supervisory Committee determines that graduate credit that had been received is obsolete, the Supervisory Committee may recommend appropriate remedial action.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. 

Curriculum

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

Satisfactory completion of all courses  with a minimum grade of C. More that 1 C on a student's transcript or a GPA of less than 3.0 may be grounds for dismissal from the program..

Registration for 1 credit of Biochemistry 970 (Seminar) and presentation in the departmental journal club each semester is required. In addition, students with a PhD objective will be required to present a short talk during the Annual BMB Department Research Symposium during their 3rd year of study and a formal research seminar in the departmental seminar series during their 4th year of study. Attendance at both the weekly departmental seminars and journal clubs is required all semesters of a student’s graduate career. 

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