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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

General Requirements for All Ph.D. Students

All general requirements must be fulfilled. Refer to each discipline for specific course requirements. General requirements include

  1. At least 3 individual laboratory rotations during the first two semesters of graduate study;
  2. Enrollment every semester in BIOL 701 Topics in: Molecular Biosciences Seminar;
  3. Completion of the following courses: BIOL 804 Scientific Integrity: Molecular Biosciences, BIOL 807 Graduate Molecular Biosciences, and BIOL 818 Techniques in Molecular Biosciences;
  4. A FLORS requirement (satisfied by completion of BIOL 818) and a Responsible Scholarship requirement (satisfied by BIOL 804);
  5. A minimum of 2 semesters of graduate teaching;
  6. A graduate committee established before the beginning of the fall semester of the second year;
  7. A minimum of 1 annual graduate committee meeting;
  8. A written preliminary examination in the form of a research proposal completed by the end of the spring semester of the second year of graduate study (BIOL 925);
  9. A comprehensive oral examination held no later than October 1 of the fall semester of the third year of graduate study (successful completion of the comprehensive oral examination admits the student to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree);
  10. A dissertation based on original research presented to the dissertation examination committee for evaluation and presented and defended in a formal public lecture; and
  11. Completion of the degree in 7 years.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the KU Policy Library.

First-year Curriculum for All Students

First-year courses include BIOL 701 Topics in: Molecular Biosciences Seminar (enrollment required every semester), BIOL 804 Scientific Integrity: Molecular Biosciences, BIOL 807 Graduate Molecular Biosciences, BIOL 818 Techniques in Molecular Biosciences, and BIOL 985 Advanced Study laboratory rotations (fall and spring semester).

Specific Ph.D. Requirements: Biochemistry and Biophysics

BIOL 750 Advanced Biochemistry, BIOL 901 Graduate Seminar in Biochemistry and Biophysics (one semester), BIOL 918 Modern Biochemical and Biophysical Methods, and BIOL 952 Introduction to Molecular Modeling. The graduate committee may recommend that additional courses be taken.

Specific Ph.D. Requirements: Microbiology

At least 4 of the following 5 graduate courses are required: BIOL 811 Advanced Molecular and Cellular Immunology, BIOL 812 Mechanisms of Host-Parasite Relationships, BIOL 813 Advanced Bacterial Physiology, BIOL 814 Advanced Molecular Virology, BIOL 815 Advanced Molecular Genetics. The graduate committee may recommend that additional courses be taken.

Specific Ph.D. Requirements: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

BIOL 752 Cell Biology, BIOL 755 Mechanisms of Development, and either BIOL 753 Advanced Genetics or BIOL 772 Gene Expression. The graduate committee may recommend that additional courses be taken.

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