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MCB Degree Requirements

Graduate Student Handbook and MOU

  • General Procedures

    • Admission
    • Student Progress and Graduation
    • Stipends and Other Financial Support 
  • Specific Requirements

    • Research Adviser
    • Doctoral Advisory Committee
    • Coursework
    • Additional Courses Required by Home Departments
    • Demonstration of Competency
    • Grades
    • Research Proposal
    • Comprehensive Examinations
    • Teaching Requirement
    • Financial Support
    • Scholarly Disciplines
    • Dissertation Defense
    • Probation and Remediation 
    • Academic Misconduct 

Graduation Requirements for Molecular & Cellular Biology Ph.D. Programs 

  1. 90 credit hours (30 graded credits of course work) are needed to complete the Ph.D. degree, unless entering with a previously earned MS degree in a related field.  A student entering the program with an earned MS degree is required to complete a minimum of 24 graded credit hours of graduate coursework. Required core curriculum for MCB students consists of:
    • Biochemistry - CHEM 5901 (4 credits) and CHEM 5902 (4 credits)
    • Biological Research and Science Ethics – PBIO 5170 (1 credit)
    • Molecular Biology - MCB 7200 (3 credits)
    • Bioinformatics – Genomics Laboratory – MCB 5280 (3 credits) or Problem Solving with Bioinformatics Tools – MCB 5160 (3 credits)
    • Advanced Cell Biology - MCB 7600 (3 credits)
    • Writing in the Life Sciences - PBIO 5180 (3 credits)
    • Seminar in Molecular and Cellular Biology - MCB 7410 (1 credit)
  2. Written Comprehensive Exam
  3. Oral Comprehensive Exam
  4. Teaching Requirement of 2 full semester assignments (excluding Chemistry and Biochemistry Dept.)
  5. Written Dissertation and oral defense.

Culminating Experience: Written Dissertation and oral defense.