Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree*

Excerpt(s) from Official Academic Programs Catalog

  • Complete a minimum total of 24 credits in BE 999 (Doctoral Dissertation Research).
  • Complete a minimum of 38 additional course credits (excluding BE 899) past the BS degree. These 38 credits must include (unless previously taken) the following: BE 815, BE 820, BE 825, BE 835, and BE 892.
  • Complete one course in a biological science at the 400 level or above. An approved list of courses will be maintained by the department.
  • Complete one course in quantitative analysis or mathematics at the 400 level or above. An approved list of courses will be maintained by the department.
  • Complete one course in statistics at the 400 level or above. An approved list of courses will be maintained by the department.
  • Pass the doctoral qualifying examination.
  • Pass the doctoral comprehensive examination.
  • Submit at least two papers to refereed journals before scheduling the oral examination in defense of the dissertation.
  • Pass the oral examination in defense of the dissertation.
  • Provide to the major professor, and to the department, a hard-bound copy of the dissertation made from the original unbound manuscript submitted to the Office of The Graduate School.

*Consult the BE Graduate Handbook for additional details.