The physiology Ph.D. program combines exposure to the fundamentals of the discipline through courses in the first two years with focused research and scholarship in a student’s area of particular interest. To be awarded a Ph.D. degree in physiology, a student must successfully complete:
- Required Courses -- The first-year curriculum includes courses in systems and endocrine physiology, supplemented with courses in metabolism, cellular and molecular biology, immunology, and a course on bioethics. The second-year curriculum includes graduate seminars in physiology and courses in biostatistics and professional development.
- Qualifying Examination -- Given at the end of the first year, the qualifying exam comprises a written paper that tests a student’s ability to analyze the primary literature in physiology and an oral exam that tests a student’s knowledge of physiology gained over the first year.
- Competency in English -- The Graduate School requires that students demonstrate proficiency in written and oral English.
- Comprehensive Examination -- The comprehensive exam is usually taken before the start of the third year; it consists of the student's thesis proposal and an oral defense.
- Research Project -- An original investigation under the supervision of a physiology program faculty advisor leading to a written dissertation.
- Thesis Defense -- A public presentation of a student's thesis research and oral examination by a student’s doctoral committee.
The time from admission to thesis defense is generally five years. Students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in academic courses to be retained in the program and to continue to receive financial support.
Degree Requirement Booklets
- Physiology Student and Faculty Handbook 2020-2021
- Physiology Student and Faculty Handbook 2019-2020
- Physiology Student and Faculty Handbook 2018-2019
- Physiology Student and Faculty Handbook 2017-2018
- Physiology Student and Faculty Handbook 2016-2017
- Physiology Student and Faculty Handbook 2015-2016
- Physiology Student and Faculty Handbook 2014-2015
- Physiology Student and Faculty Handbook 2013-2014
- Physiology Student and Faculty Handbook 2012-2013