Prior to successfully completing the comprehensive examination, a student must complete nine credit hours per semester, or four per summer, to remain a full-time graduate student. Following successful completion of both parts of the comprehensive exam, each student should register for a minimum of two hours of thesis/dissertation research per semester (or one in summer) to maintain continuous enrollment. More than the minimum may be needed to obtain the 72 credit hours required by the MU Graduate School for completion of the Ph.D.
All graduate students are required to earn a grade of B or better in both:
Each Ph.D. student is required to take two additional science courses at the 8000- or 9000-level (minimum of 3 hours each) approved by the student's doctoral program committee. Recommended and pre-approved courses include:
A student who earns a grade of C or lower in any of these courses must retake the course.
Completion of a one-hour seminar in ethical conduct of research in a cross-departmental format (Biochem 8060) is required of all biochemistry graduate students.
Students should enroll in the first round of the one-hour seminar Biochemistry 9087 during the first semester. Biochemistry 9087 in the fall semester is designed to teach the fundamental techniques of oral presentation of scientific information, slide preparation, computer graphics, overhead preparation, etc., as well as research-compliance training. Students should complete three additional semesters of Biochemistry 9087 in spring semesters for a total of four credit hours. A student’s first spring 9087 seminar is devoted to a presentation of the proposed dissertation research. The second should provide an update of research progress or a review of major journal papers in the student’s research area. The third should be a practice for the dissertation defense. The student’s thesis committee is expected to attend these presentations at the invitation of the student. A meeting with the doctoral program committee (DPC) can be arranged after the seminar presentation and may serve as the required annual meeting.
Students are expected to attend all department seminars.
The MU Graduate School requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work at the 8000 level or higher (exclusive of research, problems and independent-study experiences). The core courses (two semesters of 9001) fulfill eight hours of this requirement, so additional 8000- or 9000-level courses of the student’s choosing may be used to reach the 15 credits required. The student and his/her advisor, in consultation with the student’s DPC, may decide upon additional courses. A minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree is required for the Ph.D. Within the limits imposed by the Graduate School, the student’s DPC may recommend that up to six credit hours earned for graduate courses taken at MU or elsewhere be credited toward this requirement.
A least two nine-hour or three six-hour semesters must be completed in an 18-month period at MU to satisfy the residency requirement. All must be MU courses approved both by the Graduate School for graduate credit and by the student’s DPC.
Graduate students must maintain full-time status until they have passed both portions of the comprehensive exam. Full-time status is achieved by enrolling for nine hours in fall and spring semesters and four hours during summer term. Students typically enroll in Biochemistry 9090 to complete the required hours. Completion of the comprehensive exam admits a student to candidacy for the Ph.D. After passing the comprehensive exam, each student must maintain continuous enrollment by registering in Biochemistry 9090 for at least two hours in fall or spring semester and one hour in the summer. However, in order to meet the requirement for 72 hours of post-baccalaureate credit required by the Graduate School, students may continue to enroll for up to nine hours of Biochemistry 9090 per term until accumulating close to 72 hours. Students may enroll in other courses in addition to 9090 and reduce the total 9090 hours taken. Failure to enroll in any semester results in cancellation of candidacy.