Typical schedule

Year 1

Autumn Semester

  • MOLGEN/BIOCHEM 5701:  DNA Transactions and Gene Regulation (3)
  • BIOCHEM 6761: Macromolecular Structure and Function (3)*
  • MCDBIO 7890: Student Seminar (1)
  • MCDBIO 7990:  MLS Seminar (1)
  • MCDBIO 7600:  First Year Student Orientation (Mentoring and Ethics Seminar) (1)
  • MCDBIO 7780:  Laboratory Rotations (2 x 7 weeks) (3)

Spring Semester

  • MOLGEN 5705:  Cell Biology (2)
  • MOLGEN 5715:  Developmental Biology (2)
  • ELECTIVE:  Select from our approved electives
  • MCDBIO 7890: Student Seminar (1)
  • MCDBIO 7990:  MLS Seminar (1)
  • MCDBIO 7780:  Laboratory Rotations (2 x 7 weeks) (3)

Summer Semester

  • DEPT. 8999:  Dissertation Research (variable credits)

* Students may elect to defer BIOCHEM 6761 until Autumn of Year 2 and take the elective MOLGEN 5700 (3) Systems of Genetic Analysis in its place

Year 2

Autumn Semester

  • ELECTIVE: Select from our approved electives
  • MCDBIO 7891: Student Seminar Presentation (1)
  • MCDBIO 7990: MLS Seminar (1)
  • BSGP 7070: Fundamentals of Grant Writing (4)**
  • DEPT. 8999: Dissertation Research (variable credits)

Spring Semester

  • ELECTIVE: Select from our approved electives
  • MCDBIO 7890: Student Seminar (1)
  • MCDBIO 7990MLS Seminar (1)
  • DEPT. 8999: Dissertation Research (variable credits)

Summer Semester

  • DEPT. 8999:  Dissertation Research (variable credits)

** BSGP 7070 is required of all students that joined MCDB in Autumn 2017 and beyond

Year 3

(Students are required to register for only 3 credits per semester post-candidacy)

Autumn Semester

  • MCDBIO 7890: Student Seminar (1)
  • MCDBIO 7990: MLS Seminar (1)
  • DEPT. 8999: Dissertation Research (1)

Spring Semester

  • MCDBIO 7891: Student Seminar Presentation (1)
  • MCDBIO 7990: MLS Seminar (1)
  • DEPT. 8999: Dissertation Research (1)

Summer Semester

  • DEPT. 8999: Dissertation Research (3)

Year 4

Autumn Semester

  • DEPT. 8999: Dissertation Research (3)

Spring Semester

  • DEPT. 8999: Dissertation Research (3)

Summer Semester

  • DEPT. 8999: Dissertation Research (3)

Year 5

(Typically the dissertation year)

Autumn Semester

  • DEPT. 8999: Dissertation Research (3)

Spring Semester

  • DEPT. 8999: Dissertation Research (3)

Summer Semester

  • DEPT. 8999: Dissertation Research (3)

Note that the number of hours of laboratory rotation or dissertation research shown above are meant to be a guide only and may need to be adjusted, depending on the nature of a student’s appointment (e.g. GRA or fellow) or other course requirements (e.g. ESL courses for international students), to ensure compliance with the minimum and maximum course load set by the Graduate School.  A minimum of 80 graduate credit semester hours is required to graduate with a PhD.

Rev: Apr, 2023

Top