Path to Degree

The following is a representative timeline for the Ph.D. Program in Biochemistry.

Academic Year 1

  • Core curriculum (courses 30 credits)
  • Laboratory rotations (four rotations)
  • First Exam, Parts 1 and 2 (January and June at the end of fall and spring semesters)
  • Faculty presentations in Seminars (Fall)
  • Grant writing seminar (Spring)
  • Mentor selection (April)
  • Full-time thesis research (June-August)
  • Ethical conduct of research training (online) CITI
  • Ethical conduct of research training (in person)

Academic Year 2

  • Advanced course(s)
  • Seminar participation at home campus (one semester)
  • Thesis research
  • Teaching as prescribed
  • Thesis Committee formation
  • Second Examination

Academic Year 3

  • Advancement to candidacy
  • Thesis research
  • Thesis Committee Meeting (local or full membership)
  • Teaching as prescribed

Academic Year 4

  • Thesis research¬†
  • Thesis Committee Meeting (local or full membership)
  • Teaching as prescribed

Academic Year 5

  • Thesis research
  • Teaching as prescribed
  • Dissertation defense and filing
  • Graduation/Commencement