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Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program in Physiology prepares students for research and teaching careers in academic, industry, government, and other settings where broad-based biomedical sciences and physiology training are required.

The first year and a half of the Ph.D. program are largely devoted to course work. During the first year, students complete interdisciplinary course work in the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS), emphasizing molecular aspects of cell and organismal biology, along with research rotations.  Human Physiology is taken in the second year.

After successful completion of a qualifying examination, based on a proposed plan for their research, the Ph.D. candidate performs original research leading to a dissertation. During this time the student works closely with their mentor and receives guidance from an advisory committee. Completion of the program in four years is a realistic goal.

Program Schedule and Course Requirements

Ph.D. (admitted from Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, GPiBS):
90 hours

90 hours total of coursework and research, with a minimum of 30 credit hours of research.
Requirements include:
Successful completion of GPiBS curriculum with a minimum GPA of 3.0
Human Physiology, 6 hours
Physiology Seminar course, 4 X 1 hour
Experimental Design and Statistics, 1 hour

Integrity in Scientific Research, 1 hour
Qualifying Examination
Dissertation Research