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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Degree Title: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Name and Number: Molecular/Cellular Biology - PH6947, PH6946, PH6949

Department/Unit: College of Arts and Sciences

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Program Mission: The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology is committed to provide students with one on one faculty mentoring and cutting-edge scientific, educational, and research opportunities in molecular and cellular biology. Our graduates will be leaders in interdisciplinary approaches to solving key problems in molecular and cellular biology.   

Program Learning Objectives:

  • Graduates will understand professional standards of scientific inquiry and responsible conduct that are essential for the pursuit of new knowledge.
  • Graduates will demonstrate a depth of knowledge within their chosen area of study and a breadth of knowledge across the field of molecular and cellular biology.
  • Graduates will be able to write a competitive research proposal.
  • Graduates will understand the elements of good experimental design and will be competent independent and team researchers.
  • Graduates will understand statistical analysis of data and be able to make sound conclusions from such analyses. Graduates will be familiar with the growing field of bioinformatics.
  • Graduates will be accomplished communicators of scientific knowledge in both written and oral forms to both scientific and lay audiences.

Program Overview: Ohio University offers interdisciplinary graduate study in molecular and cell biology through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology. The Departments of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Environmental and Plant Biology contribute dynamic faculty and access to world-class research facilities to provide students with the broadest scientific educational opportunities.

The program offers the Ph.D. in a broad range of areas in molecular and cellular biology catered to student and faculty interests. MCB graduate students are eligible to earn a graduate certificate in Bioinformatics during their study at Ohio University. A core curriculum has been developed with course offerings in MCB, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Plant Biology, and Computer Science.

Opportunities for Graduates: A large majority of the graduates move on to post-doctoral training in universities and research institutions, with some graduates taking employment in biotechnology/pharmaceutical industries. In addition, some graduates have followed a career more focused on teaching at the university level.

Link to Program: www.ohio.edu/mcb

Link to Program Handbook: http://www.ohio.edu/mcb/curriculum/upload/MCB-MemoPhD-Fall-2012-semesters-revision-draft2013.pdf

Graduation Requirements:

  1. 90 credit hours (30 graded credits of course work) are needed to complete the Ph.D. degree. Required core curriculum for MCB students consists of:
    • Biochemistry - CHEM 5901 (4 credits) and CHEM 5902 (4 credits)
    • Biological Research and Science Ethics – PBIO 5170 (1 credit)
    • Molecular Biology - MCB 7200 (3 credits)
    • Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory - MCB 7300 (3 credits)
    • Advanced Cell Biology - MCB 7600 (3 credits)
    • Writing in the Life Sciences - PBIO 5180 (3 credits)
    • Seminar in Molecular and Cellular Biology - MCB 7410 (1 credit)
  2. Written Comprehensive Exam
  3. Oral Comprehensive Exam
  4. Teaching Requirement of 2 full semester assignments (excluding Chemistry and Biochemistry Dept.)
  5. Written Dissertation and oral defense.

Admission Requirements: GRE - verbal, quantitative and analytical writing scores are required.  TOEFL min-90 (iBT) is required for all non-native English speakers, resume or vitae, personal statement and three letters of recommendation from past or current professors.

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