Sample Program of Study (Ph.D.)

It is the goal of the faculty that students complete the program and graduate in about five years.

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Year One

Fall Term (September - December)

Chemical Biology 501 (3 credits)
(macromolecular structure and function)

Chemical Biology 601 (1 credit)
(critical analysis of the current literature)

Chemical Biology 599: Research Rotation (2 credits)

PIBS 503: Research Responsibilities & Ethics (1 credit)

Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Biophysics or other course in consultation with the program advisor (3 credits)


Winter Term (January - April)


Chemical Biology 502 (3 credits)
(protein translation, signal transduction and combinatorial methods)

Chemical Biology 602 (1 credit)
(critical analysis of the current literature)

Chemical Biology 599: Research Rotation (2 credits)

Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Biophysics or other course in consultation with the program advisor (3 credits)


Spring Term (May - June)

Select thesis advisor

Select thesis committee

Start thesis research!


Summer Term (July - August)

Thesis research!

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Year Two

Fall Term (September - December)

Cell Biology, human genetics, immunology, transcription, cancer biology or other in consultation with thesis advisor (3 credits)

Thesis research (6 credits)


Winter Term (January - April)


Elective (3 credits)

Thesis research (5 credits)

Doctoral candidacy examination

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Years Three-Five

Thesis research

You will meet once annually with your dissertation committee to review and discuss data and to monitor your progress toward the degree

Teaching assistantships are possible for those who want to gain the experience