Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2022

Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree in Physiology and Biophysics 

In addition to the minimum Graduate School requirements, the following are required:

A) Completion of HBY 531 or HBY 501, HBY 530, HBY 561 HBY 562, MCB 517, MCB 520, HBY 570, HBY 591, HBY 690, HBY 699, HBY 695, and 12 credits of elective courses.

B) Satisfactory completion of the preliminary examination at the end of the second year of study.

C) Submission of a thesis research proposal by the end of the third year.

D) Participation in the teaching practicum.

E) Submission of an approved dissertation and successful oral defense.

F) Completion of all requirements within seven years. 


Requirements for the MS in Biomedical Science (Physiology and Biophysics track)

Two curriculum tracks exist for the M.S. Program in Biomedical Sciences (Physiology and Biophysics concentration). A total of at least 30 credits is required for the standard thesis M.S. degree, while 36 credits is required for the research track M.S. degree. Regardless of the track chosen, all students will be required to complete the same foundational core coursework that covers cellular and systems physiology, biophysics, experimental design, data analysis, and a laboratory techniques course. These items are integrated into the following coursework; therefore the program has adopted them as course requirements:

Core Curriculum

HBY 501 – Physiology (4 credits)

HBY 530 – Cellular Physiology and Biophysics (3 credits)

HBY 561 – Statistical Analysis of Physiological Data (1 credit)

HBY 562 – Model Based Analysis of Physiological Data (1 credit)

HBY 564 – Experimental Techniques in Systems Physiology (2 credits)

HBY 570 – Student Journal Club (1 credit, repeated at least 2x)

HBY 690 – Seminar in Physiology and Biophysics (1 credit, repeated at least 2x)

GRD 500 – Scientific Integrity (1 credit)

Additional Requirement for 36 Credit Research Thesis

HBY 599 – Master’s Thesis Research (6 credits)