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Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics

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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Students must earn credit in each of the following courses or their equivalents:

BINF 701 Bioinformatics I 5
BINF 702 Bioinformatics II 5
BINF 709 Topics in: Bioinformatics 1-3
BIOL 636 Biochemistry I 3
BIOL 638 Biochemistry II 3
BIOL 804 Scientific Integrity: Molecular Biosciences

Students also must complete 6 credit hours of elective courses in biology/chemistry and 6 credit hours of elective courses in analysis/mathematics/statistics.

By the end of the second year, the student should have completed the formal course work to fulfill requirements for the degree. The student completes and submits a research proposal for the comprehensive oral examination. The proposal must develop a research topic related to the general areas of bioinformatics. The topic of the research proposal is decided upon by the student in consultation with the thesis adviser. Upon completion of the comprehensive oral examination, the student aggressively carries out research in the laboratory of the thesis adviser. In addition, the student continues attending the weekly bioinformatics seminar series and participating in the bioinformatics student seminar series. A Ph.D. degree is awarded once the student has written a final dissertation and carried out a successful defense of it before a committee.

Note: Responsible scholarship requirements were approved after this catalog was finalized. Contact your department or program for more information about this requirement for doctoral students.

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