Thomas Harriot College of arts and sciences
Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences (IDPBS)


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.

A. 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.

B. Summary of Curriculum Requirements

   Biology Biomedicine  Chemistry 
 Curriculum Category  Credit Hours  Credit Hours  Credit Hours
 General Core  8 s.h. 8 s.h. 8 s.h.
 Molecular Core  4 s.h.
4 s.h. 4 s.h.
 Research Core      
 BIOL/BISC/CHEM 8810 + 8830  13-21 s.h. 13-21 s.h. 13-21 s.h.
 BIOL/BISC/CHEM 9000  30-36 s.h. 30-36 s.h. 30-36 s.h.
 Concentration Required Courses  7-9 s.h. 13-14 s.h. 6 s.h.
 Concentration Electives  9-11 s.h. 4 s.h. 9 s.h.
 Total Credit Hours  71-89 s.h. 72-88 s.h. 70-84 s.h.

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.

C. Core Courses

 General Core Credit Hours
BIOL/BISC/CHEM 8815 (Taken 3 times)   1 s.h.
Research Ethics 
HUMS 7004  3 s.h.
or Grad 7004  3 s.h.
BIOS 7022  3 s.h.
or PSYC 6430  3 s.h.
or PHAR 7777  3 s.h.
or BIOL 7900  3 s.h.

 Molecular/ Cellular Core (choose one) Credit Hours    
 BIOC 7301 Biochemistry 1 4 s.h.   
 BIOC 7310 Molecular Biochemistry  3 s.h.
 BIOL 7870 Molecular Genetics 3 s.h.
 BIOL 7480/81 Cell Biology 4 s.h.
 ANAT 7202/MCBI 7410 Molecular Cell Biology 4 s.h.
 CHEM 7540 Biophysical Techniques for Studying Biological Structure 3 s.h.

D.  Required Courses for Concentrations

 Biology: Required Courses  Credit Hours
 Advanced course in statistics (choose one from the following):  
 Course Number and Title
 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 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   Credit Hours      
 (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. 
ANAT 7202/ MCBI 7410 Molecular Cell Biology or BIOL 7480/1 Cell Biology  4 s.h. 

 Chemistry: Required Courses  Credit Hours         
(Choose 2 from the following, exclusive of that used for the Molecular/Cellular core)  
 BIOC 7301 Biochemistry 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.  

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