Research oriented programs leading to Ph.D.
degrees are offered in three divisions of the biological sciences: biochemistry, integrative
biology and neuroscience and cell and molecular
biology. The department also offers a Master's
degree in molecular biology via distance education.
Degree requirements: For the
Ph.D., a student must complete 72 credits of upper level courses
including core courses specified by the individual programs.
At least 12 of these credits must be at the 400 level. A student
also must complete a qualifying exam, prepare and defend a
research proposal, complete the research described in the
proposal and present the completed research to the department.
The Master's degree in molecular biology includes
30 credit hours of graduate work. No fewer than 18 credits
must be in the major of which 15 credits must be at the 400-level.
A student must register for six credit hours of research and
successfully complee a research project.
Financial support: teaching
assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships.
Length of typical graduate program and
types of jobs obtained by graduates: Part-time M.S.
degree students typically complete the program in two to six
years. Ph.D. students require five to six years of full-time
study to complete the program.
Graduates have secured research positions at
prestigious academic institutions including Yale, Cornell,
University of Pennsylvania, and University of North Carolina.
Several have continued in academia and currently hold tenure-track positions at colleges and universities.
Others are employed at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
such as Glaxo SmithKline, Merck, Johnson and Johnson, and