University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Sciences (Doctor of Philosophy)

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Evidence of strong course preparation, and satisfactory scores (60th percentile or greater) on general (aptitude) Graduate Record Examination is required for admission to the program. Foreign applicants are required to have a satisfactory TOEFL score (>=100). Competitive applicants typically have completed biology (three semesters, including genetics), chemistry through organic, mathematics through calculus, physics (two semesters), and physical chemistry. Satisfactory completion of courses in biochemistry, cell biology and statistics is highly recommended. Students who have not completed all of the courses listed but who have a good academic record will also be considered for admission, and deficiencies may be made up after matriculation.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Maintain a 3.00 GPA in designated first and second year courses and successful completion of the comprehensive exam, as outlined in the CMB Program Handbook.

Minimum Degree Requirements

Completion of coursework and research credits: Successful completion (GPA of 3.00 or better) of the required core courses and advanced electives as described in the CMB Program Handbook and listed below:

Required core courses for all CMB students:

Students must also complete an ethics course, a grant-writing course and required courses in their area of concentration before completion of their degree. Students must complete a minimum of twenty research credits (CLBI 491) and thirty course credits, and an additional twenty-five course or research credits. Once students have earned 75 credits, they should register for continuous registration GRAD 901, GRAD 902 or GRAD 903, as appropriate.

Additional requirements: serve as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) twice during their first two years; weekly attendance at the CMB seminar; annual presentation of research within the CMB seminar program starting in their second year; annual meetings with the student’s dissertation committee starting in their second year.