Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Cellular and Molecular Biology

Ph.D. students are required to take a lab rotation-based course during their first year of graduate study. Typically, students will be required to rotate through three to 4 laboratories (minimum of 2 in exceptionally trained students), each of which lasts about three months. During each laboratory rotation, the student will be exposed to methods, equipment, and experimental procedures currently in use in a particular departmental research laboratory selected by the student and through arrangement with the professor in charge of that laboratory. At the end of each rotation, students will receive a written evaluation from by the rotation supervisor. These evaluations are then submitted to the program chair to become a part of the student’s permanent file. It is important to note that these evaluation letters will be considered during the comprehensive examination evaluation.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 54 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC701Research Methods II1.000
COSC702Ethics of Scientific Research II1.000
COSS711Seminar I1.000
COSS722Seminar II1.000
COSS733Journal Club1.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (6 credits) (N/A)

Credit Hours
BIOM700Laboratory Rotations3.000
BIOM720Advanced Genetics3.000
BIOM793Advanced topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology: A literature review3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (Any 9 credits hours of the following courses, or other approved graduate courses of 600 levels or above according to the study plan.) (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOM630Molecular Basis of Diseases3.000
BIOM635Applied Immunobiology3.000
BIOM640Molecular Physiology3.000
BIOM645Selected Topics in Biotechnology3.000
BIOM687Developmental Biology3.000

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC800Comprehensive Exam0.000
COSR810Research Proposal0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSR900Dissertation Research  10.000
COSD910Dissertation Defense0.000
1 : Min CH:0 and Max CH:36