The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Degree requirements and curriculum

Criteria that students need to meet for the Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences graduate program, and required and recommended courses
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Entering MCIBS students take a common set of courses their first semester while doing 3 research rotations in labs of their choice. At the end of this semester students choose a thesis lab and emphasis area. The next semester they take one more course together while beginning to take courses within the emphasis area. This semester students also start to shape their thesis project.

Within this section you will find information about the core courses all students take as well as information about emphasis areas.

Courses help lay a good foundation for the main Ph.D. training, which is in the practice of research. Students all need to produce a body of work in their thesis lab and demonstrate the ability to think critically and design experiments. As students progress in their scientific training, they will demonstrate these skills in two exams: the candidacy exam and comprehensive exam. The thesis and defense are the culmination of the Ph.D. training and showcase the work the student has accomplished.

Degree Handbooks

Fall 2017 Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences Degree Requirements Booklet
A downloadable document covering course requirements; rotations, mentor, and committee selection; progress reporting; seminar, examination, and thesis requirements; and teaching requirements for students beginning their studies in Fall 2017
Fall 2016 Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences Degree Requirements Booklet
A downloadable document covering course requirements; rotations, mentor, and committee selection; progress reporting; seminar, examination, and thesis requirements; and teaching requirements for students beginning their studies in Fall 2016
Fall 2015 Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences Degree Requirements Booklet
A downloadable document covering course requirements; rotations, mentor, and committee selection; progress reporting; seminar, examination, and thesis requirements; and teaching requirements for students beginning their studies in Fall 2015
Fall 2014 Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences Degree Requirements Booklet
A downloadable document covering course requirements; rotations, mentor, and committee selection; progress reporting; seminar, examination, and thesis requirements; and teaching requirements for students beginning their studies in Fall 2014