Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Biomedical Sciences (90 credits)

The student will select a major advisor and the student and his/her major advisor along with an advisory committee will formulate a plan of study. The advisory committee will assist the student during the entire program.

BMS 604Fundamentals Of Cell And Molecular Biology6
CTS 601Biostatistics and Analysis of Clinical Data Evidence-based Practice3
CTS 713The Discipline of Scientific Writing and Preparation of Competitive Grant Applications3
IDC 601Responsible Conduct of Research1
IDC 627Research Methods3
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Human Physiology
Human Gross Anatomy
Microscopic Anatomy
Fundamentals of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Pathology
Proteins: Structure-Function Relationships
Medical Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics
Human Neuroanatomy
Developmental Biology
Advanced Neuroscience
Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Transmembrane Signaling
Introduction to Neurobiology
Human Neuroanatomy
Host Defense
Receptor and Molecular Pharmacology
Electives: Select credits needed to reach total degree credits of 90.13
BMS 791Seminar (every semester)8
BMS 792Journal Club (every semester)8
BMS 797Directed Independent Research36
BMS 899Doctoral Dissertation 13
Total Credits90

Comprehensive Examinations

Doctoral students are required to pass comprehensive and qualifying examinations according to the guidelines of the Graduate School.


Ph.D. candidates must present and defend a dissertation. The defense is open to the public, but only the examining committee may participate directly in the examination. Copies of the dissertation must be presented to the advisory committee and the Graduate Dean at least 30 days prior to the defense.