Ph.D. Degree Program
Our graduate program is designed to provide students with a broad introduction to graduate level topics in diverse areas of biology. Our courses are intended to broaden and deepen your thinking in biological concepts, research, and quantitative hypothesis testing. Additionally, students participate in independent study with individual faculty. Since most course requirements are usually completed in the first year, students will have time to engage fully in individual research projects by the second year.
Course Requirements for the PhD degree
- A minimum of 16 course credits are required for the Ph.D. degree, 3 credits are met by the Graduate Survival Skills course BIOL-5050.
- Required Course: Graduate survivor skills (BIOL-5050, 3 credits) and Practicum in proposal writing (BIOL-5200, 1 credit) a course in biostatistics is required , unless advanced statistics had been taken previously. Several courses from across the university will satisfy this requirement.
- Elective Courses: The remaining credits can be taken from the Department of Biology – courses numbered 3500 or above may be selected from the Biology offerings. Courses may also be taken from the Georgetown University medical center or from the Consortium of Universities of Washington Metropolitan area.
Note: Please see the Catalog for detailed course descriptions. Courses taken through the consortium of Universities will also apply to the program.
- Minimum of three years of residency.
- Teaching experience as a Teaching assistant for at least 2 semesters
- Teaching pedagogy by completion of 5 workshops offered through the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. Completion of the Apprenticeship in Teaching Certification (AT program) is optional (requires 6 workshops and 4 tasks).
- A passing grade on the Qualifying Examination taken during the first full year.
- A passing grade on the Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination taken during the third full year.
- Ph.D. thesis and defense with a departmental thesis seminar.
- Submission of at least one first-author manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.