1spacer.gif (93 bytes) In order to obtain an M.S. or Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Anatomy, students must:
  1. complete the qualifying process
  2. pass the preliminary examination 
  3. fulfill the teaching requirements
  4. write thesis/dissertation
  5. defend thesis/dissertation




During their first year in the program, students will take as many graduate level courses as scheduling permits in order to fulfill graduate school requirements (see above).  At the completion of each major course, a written evaluation of the student's accomplishments will be forwarded to the Director of Graduate Studies by the course director or faculty members involved. In addition, the student's progress in laboratory rotations and other areas of training are considered, also based upon written evaluations of the appropriate faculty. The Qualifying Process entails a review of these written evaluations by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Studies Committee. 

In addition the student must complete and pass a First Year Project by the beginning of the 2nd semester of the 2nd year of study as part of the Qualifying Process. This Project includes a written report of 10-20 pages, not including references; and an oral presentation which will be a 35-45 minute public seminar, presented in the departmental seminar series.

The project will be based upon work done during one or more of the student's rotations. It should include background on the topic, the materials and methods employed, and results and discussion. The evaluation will not depend upon results obtained but rather upon the student's understanding of the field and his/her ability to reason and to think critically.

Both the oral and written portions will be evaluated by the Graduate Studies Committee and by the faculty member under whose direction the project was completed.  In addition, the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Studies Committee will review the written evaluations of the student's performance in coursework. Based upon these evaluations, the committee will vote to advance the student in the Ph.D. Program.

If questions arise as to the student's ability to complete the Ph.D. degree, an examination or other additional work covering the student's deficiencies may be recommended by the Graduate Studies Committee.  Students engaged in remedial work will receive a written report from those faculty involved concerning their progress in the program at the end of each semester.  It is expected that the Qualifying Process will normally be completed by the end of the student's first year of study (end of Summer Semester) and never later than the end of the Fall Semester of the second year.

In the event that a student fails the examination or fails to satisfactorily complete the remedial work, he/she will be given an opportunity to retake the examination after two months have elapsed. If the student's performance in coursework, the First Year Project, and the additional qualifying examination is deemed unacceptable, the student may be transferred to a Masters Degree track or terminated from the program at the end of the semester in which the Qualifying Process has been completed.

The Graduate School requires a minimum of 60 credit hours:

15 of these hours may be dissertation research. 4 may be seminar, and 6 may be in Special Topics (ANAT 280). 10 of the remaining 23 hours are to be selected from a core group of Cell Biology and Anatomy courses, including, but not restricted to:

* Molecular Structure and Function of the Cell ANAT 251 (3 hrs)
  Cell Biology and Microanatomy ANAT 192 (5 hrs)
  Human Development ANAT 193 (1 hr)
  Neuroscience INT 195 (6 hrs)
* Cell and Developmental Biology ANAT 227 (3 hrs)
* Developmental Neuroscience ANAT 254 (3 hrs)
  Investigative Neuroscience NEUR 201 (5 hrs)
  Instrumentation for Biologists ANAT 252 (3 hrs)
  Special Topics ANAT 280 (2 hrs)
  Human Gross Anatomy of Upper Extremity, Thorax,
and Back
ANAT 189 (3 hrs)
  Human Gross Anatomy of the Head and Neck ANAT 190 (3 hrs)
  Human Gross Anatomy of the Abdomen, Pelvis,
Perineum and Lower Extremity
ANAT 191 (3 hrs)
  Seminar ANAT 290 (4 hrs)
  Special Topics:  Synaptic Organization of the brain ANAT 280 (3 hrs)

A maximum of 4 hours of Seminar (ANAT 290) can be used toward fulfilling the 60 required hours.  However, seminar attendance is required each semester a student is in residence.COURSEWORK OUTSIDE OF THE DEPARTMENT (minimum 12 hours)In order to insure an adequate background in related disciplines, the Graduate School requires that students take at least 12 credit hours outside of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy. The student will choose the courses in consultation with his/her advisor and committee. One of these courses may be taken for a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grade with this choice being designated at the time of registration.  Courses offered for fulfillment of the requirement include:

Gross Anatomy is offered in three sections, each with 3 credit hours. These sections may be taken together or independently.

Special Topics (ANAT 280) must be taken at the same time as Neuroscience (INT 195) and Cell Biology and Microanatomy (ANAT 192).

The Graduate Committee must approve graduate level courses taken outside the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy. These courses may be taken in other departments at LSUHSC, or at other schools (e.g., Tulane University, University of New Orleans, Xavier University).

New students entering the program will be advised regarding their course work by the Cell Biology and Anatomy Graduate Committee.

(ANAT 400) Dissertation Research: In conjunction with research leading to the completion of a research project, students will enroll in no more than 15 credit hours of dissertation research (ANAT 400) towards the Ph.D. degree.

At the end of each semester, reports of the each student's progress in major courses will be written by the course directors and sent to the Graduate Committee. These progress reports will form an integral part of the student's Qualifying Process.


Basic Human Genetics BIOM 231 (3 hrs)
Basic Physiology PHYS 205 (6 hrs)
Endocrinology PHYS 216 (3 hr)
Fundamental Biochemistry BIOCH 201 (5 hrs)
General and Molecular Virology MICRO 276 (3 hrs)
General Pharmacology PHARM 195 (5 hrs)
Introduction to Biostatistics BIOM 315 (3 hrs)
Microbiology, Immunology, Parasitology MICRO 221 (9 hrs)
Molecular Biology BIOCH 240 (3 hrs)
Molecular Biology of Cancer BIOCH 260 (3-4 hrs)
Molecular Neurobiology NEURO 250 (4 hrs)
Principles of Pharmacology PHARM 205 (5 hrs)

Transfer students will have their record reviewed on an individual basis. Students may be excused from repeating required courses in which they have had previous graduate level experience and have obtained a grade of B or better. While the Department may accept transfer credits for courses taken elsewhere, we will not assign or accept grades for courses not actually taken while the student is enrolled at LSUHSC.


All students pursuing the Ph.D. are required to pass the Preliminary Examination. This examination must be completed at least one academic year prior to graduation, but usually no later than the end of the Summer Semester of the 2nd year of study. Performance on the Preliminary Examination will be decided by vote of the student's Dissertation Committee. Satisfactory completion of this examination requires that the student receive not more than one negative vote from the committee. Successful completion of this examination admits the student to Candidacy for the Doctoral degree. The format of the Preliminary Exam is:

Oral defense of an NIH-format research proposal prepared by the student Preparation of this proposal is designed help the student develop writing skills, to discover bibliographic resources and, in particular, to become acquainted with the large body of primary research literature pertinent to his/her field. The format also assists the student to think critically and to develop hypothesis driven research projects. The NIH format should include sections on Specific Aims, Background and Significance, Experimental Design, Preliminary Results, and Materials and Methods.

It is expected that this proposal will be in the area of the student's dissertation research. The defense will be conducted by the student's Dissertation Committee and will be open to all departmental faculty. The defense may include questions related in any way to the proposal, including theoretical questions about proposed techniques, rationale for techniques, questions about the literature cited, etc.  

III. Teaching Requirements



All doc All doctoral students will serve as teaching assistants in one of the following Cell Biology and Anatomy
Department courses:

·          Medical Gross Anatomy                                          
·          Cell Biology and Microanatomy
·          Neuroscience
·          Dental Gross Anatomy
·          General and Oral Microanatomy
·          Allied Health Gross Anatomy


The student will be required to assist in the laboratory and give at least one lecture.  TA assignments will be decided by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Department Head after consultation with the student, Course Directors, and the Graduate Studies Committee. The student will be evaluated by the Course Director and faculty teaching the course.

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B) Each student is required to present a seminar to the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy by their fourth year as part of the regular departmental seminar program.  The subject of these presentations will be assigned by the student's dissertation advisor, and may be about their research or any related field of interest.

Teaching obligations and further required course work should be completed as soon as possible, so that students can concentrate on their research projects.


Research in preparation of a doctoral dissertation will normally occupy the majority of the student's time during the final stage of his/her training. Each doctoral student will undertake a research project that will form the basis of a dissertation to be submitted to the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy and the School of Graduate Studies. The standards and procedures for completing the dissertation are described below. The dissertation should be of a quality acceptable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

It is to the student's advantage to provide manuscript drafts of the dissertation to the members of the Committee for their criticism prior to scheduling the defense.


The final oral examination (Defense of Dissertation) will be scheduled and taken only after all other departmental requirements are satisfied and the dissertation is approved in its final form. Students must submit a final draft of the dissertation to their committee at least 2 weeks before the defense.

The student will present his/her research in a departmental seminar (usually 45 to 60 minutes), immediately preceding the defense of dissertation.  The public is invited to attend and ask questions. The Research Committee will have the last opportunity to question the student on the dissertation work. After the questioning has been completed, the Research Committee will adjourn to deliberate on the defense.

Following successful completion of the defense, it will be the student's responsibility to comply with all the regulations of the Graduate School in regard to turning in the final version of the dissertation.