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Course Requirements: Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program

Minimum requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Genetics are 61 credit hours (including graduate course work, laboratory rotations, seminars and research) as outlined below:

Courses

Credit Hours

Core

31

Elective

10

Seminar (Genet 299)/Journal Club (Genet 290)

4

Laboratory Methods (Genet 253)/Dissertation Research (Genet 400)

15

Total

60

 

 

At least third (30) hours of total courses must be with a letter grade. The core requirements include 23-25 of these hours. Electives must provide the other 5-7    hours. The student selects electives with the advice and approval of the Graduate Coordinator and the mentor.

Core Courses

Credit Hours

Human Molecular Genetics (Genet 231)

3

Introduction to Biostatistics (Bios 6100)

4

Biochemistry (Inter 111)

4

Cell Biology (Inter 121)

3

Molecular Biology (Inter 122)

2

Control of Gene Expression (Inter 123)

2

Cell Signaling and Cell Cycle Control (Inter 124)

3

Ethics in the Biomedical Sciences (Inter 220)

1

Responsible Conduct in Research (Inter 260)

1

Proposal Writing (Genet 247)

2

Genetic Epidemiology & Population Genetics (Genet 236)

3

 

Medical Genetics Clinic (Genet 271)

3

 

 

 

Electives

Credit Hours

 

Epigenetics (Genet 234)

3

 

Animal Models of Human Diseases (Genet 242)

2

 

Cancer Molecular Genetics & Applications (Genet 245)

3

 

 

Molecular Medicine in Disease (Genet 246)

3

 

Practical Bioinformatics (Genet 256)

3

 

Special Topics in Human Genetics (Genet 291)

2-3

 

Cytogenetics (Genet 292)

3

 

Seminar (Genet 299)
PhD students are required to present three (3) Seminars in addition to their Dissertation Defense. Students must attend all Seminars sponsored by the Department of Genetics.  In addition, students are required to attend at least one seminar per week sponsored by other departments or institutions.  After three (3) absences from Seminar, the Department Head will ask the student for an explanation.

Dissertation Research (Genet 400)
The Dissertation research must be a contribution of new knowledge in the field of Genetics and be eligible for publication in a major peer-reviewed journal. The student is expected to have at least one first author manuscript submitted and positively reviewed for publication before the dissertation defense.