Molecular Biosciences Graduate Programs
The department offers the Doctor of Philosophy and the Master of Arts in biochemistry and biophysics; microbiology; and molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. Programs in neurobiology and genetics also allow a research focus. Graduate students may pursue degree tracks in the disciplines of their choice but may also be involved in collaborative research. New students should confer with the graduate coordinator to plan a first-semester schedule. Until the student chooses a permanent advisor, the graduate coordinator advises him or her.
The department has established a level of enrollment appropriate for normal progress (course work and research effort) toward an advanced degree. These credit-hour requirements may exceed, but not fall below, minimum Graduate Studies requirements. A student must enroll full-time in residence for at least two regular academic-year semesters after the first year of graduate study. Nine credit hours constitute full-time enrollment. If the student holds a half-time research or teaching assistantship, 6 hours constitute full-time enrollment. The department expects graduate students who have not yet passed the comprehensive orals examination (including those with half-time assistantships) to enroll in at least 9 hours each semester and 3 hours each summer session. After passing the comprehensive oral examination, a doctoral candidate must be continuously enrolled, including summer sessions, until all degree requirements are completed. For the first 18 hours of post-comprehensive enrollment, the doctoral candidate must take a minimum of 6 hours a semester and 3 hours a summer session.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Research Assistantships are available. GTAs are appointed on a semester basis. GRAs are appointed on a semester, academic-year, or calendar-year basis.
During the first 2 semesters, a new Ph.D. graduate student follows a rotation schedule through 3 research laboratories. This program acquaints each student with the research conducted by each faculty member. Students then choose a home lab. This decision must be mutually agreed on with the major professor. Each graduate student must teach for at least 2 semesters.