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For the Ph.D. degree, students must complete a minimum of 61 units—as detailed in the table below—and must maintain a G.P.A. of at least 3.0.  Students must adhere to all University and program policies as published in the Student Handbook, University CATALOG, or Student Guide. Policies and requirements are subject to change.

Basic science core 
IBGS 501Biomedical Communication and Integrity2
IBGS 502Biomedical Information and Statistics2
IBGS 503Biomedical Grant Writing2
IBGS 511Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems I6
IBGS 512Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems II6
IBGS 522Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems II Journal Club2
IBGS 523Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems III Journal Club2
Seminars (all required) 
IBGS 604Introduction to Integrative Biology Presentation Seminar1
IBGS 605Integrative Biology Presentation Seminar (1)2
IBGS 607Integrated Biomedical Graduate Studies Seminar 10
RELE 525Ethics for Scientists 23
RELR 588Personal and Family Wholeness 23
RELT 617Seminar in Religion and the Sciences 23
Program specific courses6
Emphasis: Developmental/regenerative biology
Stem Cell Biology and Medicine 
Human Embryology Lecture 
Emphasis: Cancer biology
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 
Seminar in Stem Cells and Cancer 
Cancer Journal Club
Biology of Cancer 
Electives: 6-12
Choose from the following and other courses as approved by advisor:
Clinical Exposure in Oncology 
Biochemical Basis of Human Disease SM 
Translational Research Training 
Special Topics in Biomedical Sciences 
Basis of Medical Genetics 
Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics 
Fundamentals of Electrophysiology 
Cell and Molecular Biology 
Physiology of Reproduction 
Research and dissertation 
BCHM 697Research (1-10)12
IBGS 696Research Rotations (1)2
IBGS 699Dissertation (1-5)1-5
Total Units61

Noncourse requirements

  • pass written and oral comprehensive examinations in order to advance to candidacy.
  • successfully defend the dissertation before their guidance committee prior to being awarded the Ph.D. degree.

Normal time to complete the program

Four (4) years — full-time enrollment, part-time permitted


See the comparison of the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs.