Nov 20, 2019
I. Admission Requirements
Students may enter the program with a B.S. or M.S. degree in an area of biology, biomedical, pharmaceutical sciences or related area. A Master’s degree is not required for this program. Requests for transfer of graduate credit hours must be submitted to the Graduate School and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should have taken a minimum of one semester of Calculus I, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry with an overall GPA of 3.0 to be given strong consideration.
Applicants to the PhD in Integrated Biosciences program must submit:
- Official Transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate studies.
- GRE scores, less than 5 years old, to be considered within the context of all materials in the application.
- A statement of purpose and a resume.
- A minimum of three letters of recommendations are required from individuals who are knowledgeable of the student’s academic acumen and abilities to complete the PhD degree in Integrated Biosciences.
Core Courses in the Ph.D. Program - 24 hours
Domain Courses - 6 hours
Domain courses support the area of research specialty and are decided upon by student and research advisor. One of domain courses will be used as the specialty subject during the written section of the Qualifying Examination. The course is selected from the available 8000 level courses. Typical selections have been:
Elective Courses in the Integrated Biosciences 8000 level curriculum - 6 hours
Eligible courses are 8000 level courses in Biology (BIOD 8XXX), Chemistry (CHMD 8XXX), and Pharmaceutical Sciences (8XXX). Appropriate courses available from Duke University or UNC Chapel Hill as available through the Inter-institutional exchange program may also be used. Selections should be made with approval from the Program Director and/or the research advisor.
Research Courses - (minimum 59 hours)
Research courses are taken at different levels.
III. Exit Requirements
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required. A grade of “B” or better must be earned in the required core and domain courses. An overall 3.0 GPA must be maintained throughout the program.
- At least 95 credit hours are required. 36 credits of coursework: including the 18 credits of core coursework, 6 credits of Responsible Conduct of Research, 6 credits of domain courses, and 6 credits of electives. 59 credits of research courses: 2 credits lab rotations, 9 credits of Doctoral Supervised Research, 39 credits of Doctoral Dissertation, and 9 credits of Dissertation Preparation.
- Successful completion of a two-part Qualifying Examination consisting of five written sections and an oral exam is required.
- A minimum of one semester of teaching experience.
- At least one manuscript on the dissertation research submitted to a professional journal in the field of study.
- Successful completion of the dissertation including a public oral defense.
Curriculum Plan for Ph.D. in Integrated Biosciences
Qualifying Examination (Written and Oral); June-August
Doctoral Dissertation Proposal to Doctoral Committee beginning Year 4 Spring Semester
Doctoral Dissertation Defense Scheduled as recommended by PhD Thesis Advisor
Biomedical Sciences Domain Courses Selection List:
Pharmaceutical Sciences Courses Selection List:
All PhD students are required to participant in the NCCU Responsible Conduct of Research Professional Development series and earn a Certificate of Completion. All PhD students are required also to participant in the Grant Proposal Writing Professional Development series.
**Students are free to take additional graduate elective courses in multidisciplinary areas of their interest, subject to approval by their research mentor and thesis advisory committee.