Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences

Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences degree requirements: 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.

degree requirements:

Foundation Course
BMS 622Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology4
Tool Courses
IDC 601Responsible Conduct of Research1
IDC 625Introduction to Biostatistics for the Biomedical Sciences3
IDC 627Research Methods3
IDC 701Research Writing3
Elective Courses18
Fundamentals of Hearing
Advanced Topics in Molecular Structure/Function
Advanced Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology
Advanced Topics in Physiology
Advanced Topics in Morphology and Anatomy
Advance Topics in Neuroscience
Directed Independent Study
Repeating Courses
BMS 791Seminar (every semester)8
BMS 792Journal Club (every semester)8
BMS 797Directed Independent Research (maximum of 45 credits can be applied to degree)36
Degree Completion Course
BMS 899Doctoral Dissertation 16
Total Credits90

Advancement to Candidacy

Ph.D. students are required to pass a qualifying examination 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.