In addition to the basic requirements of the Graduate School for the PhD degree, doctoral candidates must complete:
- First year mentoring and ethics course
- Core courses in gene expression, biochemistry, cell biology, and developmental biology (four courses in total)
- A grant writing course
- Faculty and student seminar courses (autumn and spring semesters for the first three years)
- At least three electives from an extensive list of options in cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, and related academic areas.
Students complete the doctoral candidacy examination no later than the end of autumn semester at the start of their third year and then focus on their dissertation research and preparation of their doctoral dissertation.