In addition to the basic requirements of the Graduate School for the PhD degree, doctoral candidates must complete:
- Core courses in gene expression, biochemistry, cell biology, and developmental biology (four courses in total)
- A grant writing class (one course)
- Faculty and student seminar classes (autumn and spring semesters for the first three years)
- At least three electives from an extensive list of course options in cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, and related academic areas.
Students complete the doctoral candidacy examination by the end of autumn semester in their third year and then focus on their dissertation research and preparation of their doctoral dissertation.