The Ph.D. in Biological Sciences–Cell Biology is an individualized program of study and research that prepares students for career opportunities in teaching and research in academic, governmental and industrial settings. A core series of courses gives a rigorous foundation in theory, experimental design and technical knowledge of contemporary investigations at the cellular level of organization. Areas of research include studies of membrane structure and function, transport processes, excitation-secretion coupling, immunology, and metabolism in algae, cyanobacteria and tissues of multi-cellular plants and animals.
Admission into the M.S.: official transcript(s); 3.0 GPA; GRE (general test); goal statement; three letters of recommendation; acceptance of the student by a faculty advisor; list of up to five potential faculty advisors; and undergraduate coursework roughly equivalent to a Biology minor.
Admission into the Ph.D.: official transcript(s); GRE; goal statement; three letters of recommendation; list of up to five potential faculty advisors; baccalaureate in the natural sciences with a minimum of two years of chemistry, one year of calculus, one year of physics and two years of biology, including genetics, plant or animal physiology and morphology. Deficiencies at the time of admission shall be rectified during the first year of graduate study. Before admission can be completed, a prospective student must be accepted by a faculty member in the program who will act as advisor.
M.S.: Minimum 32 total credit hours.
Ph.D.: Minimum 60 total credit hours.
M.S.: A thesis and final oral examination is required of candidates.
Ph.D.: Dissertation and final defense is required.
PROGRAM FEE: None