Ph.D. Degree Requirements


  • Complete BBSP requirements
  • Residency: be in residence at least 4 semesters
  • Course Load: carry at least 9 credits per semester for two years
  • Exams: pass both oral and written comprehensive exams
  • Defense: successfully defend dissertation
  • Teaching: serve one semester as a teaching assistant
  • Publication: complete original research accepted as first-authored publications in high quality, peer-reviewed journals


See each track (Biochemistry Track or Biophysics Track) for specifics, but general course requirements outlined below:

I. Complete 6 Core courses, to include:

  • BIOC 701 (Biochemistry track) OR BIOC 704 (Biophysics track)
  • BIOC 712 - Scientific Writing
  • BIOC 715 - Oral Presentation
  • Choice of 3 additional cores

II. Complete 2 Electives courses (or minimum of 4 credit hours)