Core and Example Curricula—PhD

Core Curriculum (required of all graduate students)

MPB:5153:0001   Graduate Physiology
BMED:7270    Scholarly Integrity/Resp Conduct of Rsrch*
BMED:5207   Principles Molecular & Cellular Biology 3
XX:XX   Advanced Electives** 
MPB:6302:0IND   Research in Physiology and Biophysics TBD

*As will be explained to all students when they originally register, students register for Scholarly Integrity for two semesters, but must participate in continuing discussion sessions for two additional semesters before credit for the course is assigned.

**Any elective approved by the director of graduate studies.

English as a Second Language courses may be required for foreign students with marginal language proficiency as determined by the university and/or department.

To meet departmental requirements, doctoral students must obtain a grade of “B” or better in Graduate Physiology (“B-” or lower constitutes a non-passing grade), a grade of “S” for Scholarly Integrity, and a grade point average of 3.0 or better for all electives (a grade below “B”, but above “D-”, is permissible for individual electives, so long as the average grade point of all electives taken during the graduate program remains above 3.0).

To meet Graduate College requirements, doctoral students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better.

The Ph.D. degree requires 72 semester hours of graduate credit. 

Typical curriculum for a PhD student

Fall

Course Titles      
MPB:6302:IND   Research in Physiology and Biophysics 6
MPB:5153:0001   Graduate Physiology 4
BMED:7270   Scholarly Integrity/Resp Conduct of Rsrch  
BMED:5207:0001   Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology 3
       
       

Spring

Course Numbers   Course Titles SH
MPB:6302:0IND   Research in Physiology and Biophysics  
BMED:7270   Scholarly Integrity/Resp Conduct of Rsrch
MPB:6225:0001   Growth Factor Receptor Signaling (elective)
MCB:6226:0001   Cell Cycle Control (elective)
MCB:6227:0001   Cell Fate Decisions (elective)
MCB:6215:0001   Transcription and multi-functional reg...(elective)
       

Other courses commonly taken to meet the elective requirement

Any elective pre-approved by the director of graduate studies can be used to meet the elective requirement. A total of 9 semester hours of elective is required, not necessarily 9 courses. The following are some of the most commonly taken options:

Course Numbers   Course Titles SH
MPB:6220:0001   Mechanisms of Cellular Organization 3
NSCI:5653   Fundamental Neurobiology 3
IGPI:5270   Pathogenesis of Maj Human Diseases 3
GENE:6150:0001   Genetic Analysis of Biological Systems 3

Typical curriculum for a MSTP student

In total, 30 semester hours from the medical school curriculum can be applied toward the 72 semester hours required toward the PhD.

Fall

Course Numbers   Course Titles SH
MPB:6302:0001   Research in Physiology and Biophysics
BMED:7270   Scholarly Integrity/Resp Conduct of Rsrch
MPB:6220:0001   Mechanisms of Cellular Organization (elective)

Spring

Course Numbers   Course Title SH
MPB:6302:0IND   Research in Physiology and Biophysics  
BMED:7270   Scholarly Integrity/Resp Conduct of Rsrch

Other courses commonly taken to meet the elective requirement

Any elective pre-approved by the director of graduate studies can be used to meet the elective requirement. Because the first-year medical curriculum satisfies 6 of the required 9 semester hour elective credits, a total of 3 additional semester hours of elective is required. Note that 3 semester hours of elective are required, not necessarily 3 courses. The following are some of the most commonly taken options:

Course Numbers   Course Title SH
GENE:6150   Genetic Analysis of Biological Systems 3

Core and Example Curricula—MS

Core Curriculum (required of all MS students)

Course Numbers   Course Title SH
MPB:5153:0001   Graduate Physiology 4
BMED:7270   Scholarly Integrity/Resp Conduct of Rsrch* 1
XX:XX   Advanced Electives** 9
MPB:6302:0IND   Research  

*As will be explained to all students when they originally register, students register for Scholarly Integrity for two semesters, but must participate in continuing discussion sessions for two additional semesters before credit for the course is assigned.

**Any elective approved by the director of graduate studies.

English as a Second Language courses may be required for foreign students with marginal language proficiency as determined by the University and/or Department.

In accordance with Graduate College requirements, Masters students must pass all coursework (grade of “D-“ or better, “S” for courses graded S/U) and must maintain an overall grade point of 2.75.

The MS degree WITH or WITHOUT thesis requires 30 semester hours of graduate credit. 21 of those hours must be fulfilled through didactic course work.  

Additional Requirements

MS with thesis: After the thesis is accepted by the thesis committee, the candidate must pass an oral examination on the research described in the thesis or related subjects.

MS without thesis: A library research report must be prepared and the student must pass a written examination covering the area of the research report and the graduate program in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics.