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MCIBS - Overview of requirements

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An overview of requirements for MCIBS

Course and credit summary

This overview will focus on course and credit requirements, so make sure to look at the sections on the exams and thesis as well. And remember that a major, but not so easy to define, part of earning a Ph.D. is demonstrating you can do independent research of high quality that makes a significant contribution of new knowledge to the field of study.


24 credits of course work total (this means 400, 500 or 800-level)

6+ credits of 600 level (research)

Of the total credits 18 must be 500 or 600 level

Core courses:

First semester:

•    MCIBS 503 (4) Critical Elements of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology

•    MCIBS 590 (2) Colloquium

•    MCIBS 591 (1) Ethics in the Life Sciences

•    BIOL 593 (2) Experiential Teaching in Biology (currently 598A)

•    MCIBS 596 (1) Individual Studies (for research rotations)

Second semester:

•    MCIBS 592(2) Current Research Seminars

Totals = 12 of the 24 course work credits met by core courses

Emphasis area courses:

3 credits of a course with a quantitative basis (including statistics, population genetics, bioinformatics)

9 credits of other courses from the emphasis area list

Totals = 12 of the 24 course work credits met by emphasis area courses

Other requirements:

  • TA- one semester in 400 level or lower undergraduate biosciences course
  • English competency as prescribed by the graduate school
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to remain in good academic standing, and must be at least 3.0 to take candidacy, comprehensive and final oral examination
  • CandidacyComprehensiveDissertation and Final Oral Examination