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Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomolecular Sciences

Approved for students entering the program in Fall.
This is the body for our degree requirements and has every item to complete that is needed to obtain a degree from the Biomolecular Sciences Ph.D. program.

Course Number and Title


Core Sequence
BMOL 601 Biomolecules I (4 cr.)
BMOL 602 Biomolecules II (4 cr.)
BMOL 603 Biophysical Instrumentation (4 cr.)
Additional Required Courses
BMOL 511 (BIOL 511) Advanced Cell Biology (3 cr.)
*BMOL 598 Graduate Seminar (4 cr.)
**BMOL 605 Current Scientific Literature (2 cr.)
BMOL 606 Proposal Writing (2 cr.)
BMOL 607 Graduate Research Presentation (1 cr.)
BMOL 516 Responsible Conduct of Research (1 cr.)
PHYS 504 Molecular and Cellular Biophysics (4 cr.)
*BMOL 598 and BMOL 605 are one-credit courses that can be applied to meet degree requirements. No more than two credits of BMOL 605 and four credits of BMOL 598 can be applied towards degree requirements
Approved Electives 5
BMOL 687 Doctoral Preliminary Examination (1 cr.)
BMOL 691 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (1 cr.)
Culminating Activity
BMOL 693 Dissertation (30 cr.)


*1 credit course, to be taken each and every time it is offered by current students in the Biomolecular Sciences Ph.D. program. Only 3 credits apply towards degree requirements.
** 1 credit course, to be taken a minimum of three times. Only 3 credits may apply towards degree requirements.
Note:  In some cases, previously earned credits may apply towards degree requirements (see Student Handbook)