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  Graduate School-New Brunswick 2003-2005 Programs, Faculty, and Courses BIOMAPS 118 (Programs in Quantitative Biology) Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree  

Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree

Course Requirements.During their first year, BIOMAPS graduate students must take the three one-term background courses as well as two core courses of their choice. Students with adequate preparation may test out of one or more background courses and replace them with an equivalent number of core or elective courses. During their graduate career, BIOMAPS students must enroll in at least 12 credits of BIOMAPS courses (not including background courses or replacements for background courses); at least 6 credits should be earned from the list of special BIOMAPS core courses, and 3 credits from biology courses/seminars offered by the consolidated graduate programs in molecular biosciences. The remaining credits can be earned in courses selected from any of the remaining BIOMAPS core courses; BIOMAPS elective courses offered by BIOMAPS participating departments including those offered under the molecular biosciences umbrella; or seminar courses in computational molecular biology and structural bioinformatics as well as the seminar course sponsored by the Center for Molecular Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry. In addition, students will be required to enroll in the joint Rutgers and UMDNJ-RWJMS course: 16:115:556 Ethical Scientific Conduct (1 credit).

Research Rotations.BIOMAPS graduate students will be required to complete three research rotations (1 credit each) during the first academic year and/or the summer term following their first year. Research rotations will consist of two-month research projects in research laboratories/groups selected by students, and will allow students to sample prospective dissertation projects in different research environments.

Teaching Requirement.During the second year, students will serve as teaching assistants for two one-term courses, leading discussion sections associated with a lecture course for at least one of the two terms. Teaching is included in the program as part of our emphasis on training students to express themselves clearly and communicate the results of their research effectively. Teaching effectiveness will be evaluated by a faculty member who is a teaching mentor as well as by the customary "teacher evaluation" forms.

Examinations.Each student will be required to pass two major oral qualifying examinations (exam A, exam B). During the second year, each student will be required to demonstrate an aptitude for independent research by presenting a literature review or research talk before their faculty committee (exam A). At the beginning of the third year, each student will be required to submit and defend a proposal for dissertation research (exam B). In addition to exams A and B, the student`s progress will be monitored through annual oral progress reports in front of the student`s Ph.D. committee. Finally, to complete the Ph.D. degree each student will be required to submit and defend a dissertation.

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