Overview of Requirements

mcibs degree

Course and Credit Summary


25 credits of course work total (this means 400, 500 or 800-level)
6+ credits of 600 level (research)
Of the total credits, 18 must be 500 or 600 level

Core Courses

First semester:

  • MCIBS 503 (4) Critical Elements of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • MCIBS 590 (2) Colloquium
  • BIO 893 (2) Experiential Teaching in Biology
  • MCIBS 596 (1) Individual Studies (for research rotations)

Second semester:

  • MCIBS 591 (2) Ethics, Rigor, Reproducibility, and Conduct of Research in the Life Sciences
  • MCIBS 592 (2) Current Research Seminars

Totals = 13 of the 25 course work credits met by core courses

Emphasis area courses:

  • 3 credits of a course with a quantitative basis (including statistics, population genetics, bioinformatics)
  • 9 credits of other courses from the emphasis area list

Totals = 12 of the 25 course work credits met by emphasis area courses

Other requirements:

  • Serve as a teaching assistant (TA) for one semester in a 400-level or lower undergraduate biosciences course, and register for a SUBJ 602 supervised teaching course to reflect your TA position
  • English competency as prescribed by the graduate school
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to remain in good academic standing, and must be at least 3.0 to take candidacy, comprehensive, and final oral examination
  • Take and pass the qualifying, comprehensive, dissertation, and oral exams