Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Areas of Study

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology defines a Ph.D. student as one who intends to take the Qualifying Examination and do dissertation research.

All other students are defined as M.S. students.

Master of Science

All students seeking the Master of Science degree in Molecular and Cell Biology must satisfactorily complete a total of at least 36 graduate semester hours which must include the following core courses: BIOL 5410, BIOL 5420, BIOL 5430, and BIOL 5440.

M.S. students intending to submit a thesis must, in addition to the core courses specified above, satisfactorily complete a further 20 hours of Biology courses which includes BIOL 6193, BIOL 8398, and a minimum of 6 credit hours of general electives for which a letter grade is assigned. The remainder of the credit hours usually reflects experimental research but may also be based on literature research as determined by mutual agreement of the student and Supervising Committee. For M.S. (thesis) students, the maximum number of Pass/Fail credits allowed within the 36 credit hour minimum is 13 semester credit hours.

M.S. (non-thesis) students must, in addition to the core courses specified, satisfactorily complete a minimum of four general elective courses in Biology (for which a letter grade is assigned) for a minimum of 9 credit hours, up to 11 semester credit hours of special electives, and/or, with approval of the Graduate Adviser, other graduate courses. For non-thesis M.S. students, the maximum number of Pass/Fail credits allowed within the 36 credit hour minimum is 11 semester credit hours.

A Master of Science Degree in Biotechnology is also offered through the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology.

In addition to the above Master of Science Degrees, a Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCBM) is offered jointly by the Departments of Mathematical Sciences and Molecular and Cell Biology. This program combines coursework from the disciplines of biology, computer science, and mathematical Sciences. Faculty from both Mathematical Sciences (MMS) and Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) participate in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program, with the Mathematical Sciences Department serving as the administrative unit. Both departments participate in advising students.

See the Department of Mathematical Sciences for more information on this degree program.

Doctor of Philosophy

All Ph.D. students must satisfactorily complete a total of at least 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Generally, all core courses are mandatory. In special cases the requirement for a core course can be substituted, but only with the permission of the instructor and the graduate adviser, and usually only after examination.

Students must include a minimum of four general elective courses in Biology (for which a letter grade is assigned) for a minimum of 9 credit hours. After core courses BIOL 5410, BIOL 5420, BIOL 5430 and BIOL 5440 [and, in addition, two laboratory rotations, BIOL 6V02 –(The Art of Scientific Presentation) and BIOL 6193] have been completed, students are evaluated following the Spring semester.

The evaluation is based upon performance in the core classes, laboratory rotations, and performance as teaching assistants (if applicable). Students who pass this evaluation must then pass an oral qualifying examination within three semesters to determine the student’s aptitude for continuation of dissertation research. A dissertation defense will be conducted after the dissertation has been written. All students are required to submit a minimum of one manuscript for publication in an internationally recognized, peer-reviewed scientific journal. There is no foreign language requirement.

 

Ph.D.

M.S. thesis

M.S. non-thesis

Fall semester core courses:

 

 

 

BIOL5410 Biochemistry (4 credits)

X

X

X

BIOL5420 Molecular Biology

(4 credits)

X

X

X

BIOL5V50 Methods in Molecular Biology I (3 credits)

X

 

 

BIOL6193 Colloquium (1 credit)

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

Spring semester core courses:

 

 

 

BIOL5430 Macromolecular Physical Chemistry (4 credits)

X

X

X

BIOL5440

Cell Biology (4 credits)

X

X

X

BIOL5V51 Methods in Molecular Biology II (3 credits)

X

 

 

BIOL6V02 Art of Scientific Presentation (1 credit)

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

May be taken at any time:

 

 

 

Elective requirement (graded electives; 4 courses, 9 credit hours minimum)

X

 

X

Elective requirement (graded electives; 6 credit hours minimum)  

X

 

Elective requirement (taken as pass/fail)

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

Other requirements:

 

 

 

First year evaluation (following completion of core courses)

X

 

 

Qualifying Exam (taken the year following successful first year evaluation)

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that this list represents a summary of course requirements. Consult the current version of the UT Dallas Graduate Catalog for further details.

  • Updated: October 6, 2010