Jun 16, 2019  
Graduate Record 2006-2007 
    
Graduate Record 2006-2007 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Cell Biology


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Degree Requirements


Admission


Admission into the graduate program is based on a combination of criteria including undergraduate and graduate transcripts, Graduate Record Examination scores, letters of recommendation and previous research experience. The candidate should hold a B.S., B.A., M.S., or M.A. degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or one of the related sciences with a background in biology. Organic chemistry and mathematics through college algebra or trigonometry are required. Calculus and biochemistry are strongly recommended. Students are not accepted for study toward the master’s degree. A master’s degree is not required before admission to the Ph.D. program.

Degree Requirements


The prime requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Cell Biology is the ability to carry out relatively independent research. The dissertation must represent an original and significant contribution to science and must be of merit sufficient to achieve publication in a professional peer-reviewed journal. During the preparation for the Ph.D. degree, an approved program of advanced courses is required. This program, however, may vary considerably among students, avoiding unnecessary duplication and taking into account the particular research interest of the student and his or her previous training. Upon approval of the written dissertation by the student’s dissertation advisory committee, the student will be given a final oral exam in the presence of the thesis committee and other interested members of the departmental and University faculty. Successful completion of the dissertation defense, in addition to completion of course requirements, qualifying examination, and fourth year research presentation leads to the awarding of the Ph.D. degree.

There are no foreign language or teaching requirements for the Ph.D. although teaching opportunities are available and encouraged.

Course Descriptions


Note: The following courses are open to those who plan to work toward a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Cell Biology; admission to any of these courses requires instructor permission. 

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