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Curriculum 

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.

B. Course Requirements

IDPBS Students must meet all requirements specified in their approved program of study in order to obtain a degree. However, the student's Graduate Advisory Committee can elect to alter the program requirements when such changes are beneficial to the student. Recommended changes in the program of study are submitted in writing to the Program Director for review and approval. A program of study is should be prepared and submitted to the Program Director by the beginning of the third semester of study.

C. Summary of Curriculum Requirements

 

Biology

Biomedicine

Chemistry

Curriculum Category

Credit Hours

Credit Hours

Credit Hours

General Core

8

8

8

Molecular Core

4

4

4

Research Core

 

 

 

   BIOL/BISC/CHEM 8810 + 8830

13-21

13-21

13-21

BIOL/BISC/CHEM 9000

30-36

30-36

30-36

Concentration Required Courses

    7-9

    13-14

6

Concentration Electives

    9-11

4

9

 

 

 

 

Total Credit Hours

   71-89

72-88

70-84

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.


D. Core Courses

General Core

Credit Hours

Seminar

 

BIOL/BISC/CHEM 8815  (Taken 3 times)

1

 

 

Research Ethics

 

HUMS 7004

3

    or  GRAD 7004

3

 

 

Statistics

 

BIOS 7022 

3

   or PSYC 6430

3

   or PHAR 7777

3

   or BIOL 7900 

3

 

Molecular/Cellular Core (choose one)

Credit Hours

BIOC 7301 Biochemistry 1

4

BIOC 7310 Molecular Biochemistry

3

BIOL 7870 Molecular Genetics

3

BIOL 7480/81 Cell Biology

4

ANAT 7202/MCBI 7410 Molecular Cell Biology

4

CHEM 7540 Biophysical Techniques for Studying Biological Structure

3


D.  Required Courses for Concentrations

Biology: Required Courses

 

Advanced course in statistics (choose one from the following):

Course Number and Title

Credit Hours

BIOS 7550 Applied Multivariate Analysis

3 s.h.

BIOS 7560 Nonparametric Statistical Methods

3 s.h.

BIOS 7501 Experimental Design I

3 s.h.

MATH 6802 Statistical Inference

3 s.h.

GEOG 6150 Quantitative Methods in Geography

3 s.h.

PHAR 7777 Practical Problems in Biometry

3 s.h.

 

 

Advanced topics courses (choose two from of the following):

 

BIOL 6030 Topics in Cell Biology

3 s.h.

BIOL 6120 Advances in Molecular Biology

2 s.h.

BIOL 6130 Advances in Developmental Biology

2 s.h.

BIOL 6220 Evolution: Topics for advanced students

3 s.h.

BIOL 6850 Advances in Ecology

2 s.h.

 

Biomedicine:  Required Courses

 

(Choose one, exclusive of that used for the Molecular/Cellular core)

MCBI 7400 Immunology and Virology

4 s.h.

OR BIOL 7170 Immunology

3 s.h.   

BISC 8810 Methods and Techniques

3 s.h.

BIOC 7301 Biochemistry I

4 s.h

BIOC 7310 OR BIOL 7870 Molecular Biology

3 s.h.

ANAT7202/MCBI 7410 Molecular Cell Biology OR BIOL 7480/1 Cell Biology 

4 s.h.

 

Chemistry: Required Courses

 

(choose 2 from the following, exclusive of that used for the Molecular/Cellular core)

BIOC 7301 Biochemistry I 

4 s.h.

BIOC 7310 Molecular Biochemistry

3 s.h.

CHEM 7520 Pharmaceutical Analysis

3 s.h.

CHEM 7530 Medicinal Chemistry

3 s.h.

CHEM 7532 Organic Synthesis

3 s.h.

CHEM 7540 Biophysical Techniques for Studying Biological Structure

3 s.h.

CHEM 7541 Biomolecular Modeling Techniques and Applications

3 s.h.

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),Biomedicine (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/cvs/cbttel/idpbs.cfm) or Chemistry (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/chem/Graduate-Program.cfm) for  additional curriculum information.