IDPBS students are required to conduct an original, independent research project under the supervision of their Advisor (Mentor). The research project is a major component of the graduate curriculum, and serves as the basis of the dissertation, which reports the results of the investigation in relation to existing scientific knowledge. Students are expected to present portions of their dissertation research at regional, national or international scientific meetings, and publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals. Oversight of these activities is provided by the student's Mentor and/or Graduate Advisory Committee.
Dissertation Research, BIOL/BISC/CHEM 9000, is required each semester from candidacy until the final dissertation has been submitted. Credit is given for up to six repetitions of PATH/BIOL/CHEM.
Students should consult with their dissertation committee and their concentration program director to determine additional elective coursework for their area of study.
Visit the Biology (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/biology/doctoralprograms.cfm) or Chemistry (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/chem/Graduate-Program.cfm) for additional curriculum information.