Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. Completion of a four-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university as described in the UND Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog.Exceptions must be approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
  2. Coursework:Admission into the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is dependent upon the applicant’s demonstration of effective academic skills and appropriate undergraduate training.Ideally, the applicant will have completed the following coursework:
  • General Biology with laboratory
  • General Chemistry with laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry with laboratory
  • Physics with laboratory
  • Biochemistry or equivalent
  • Calculus
  • Advanced undergraduate coursework in at least one of the following areas:molecular biology, cell/developmental biology, genetics, neuroscience, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, anatomy, or physiology.

3.  Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.Applicants with previous graduate education should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 in their graduate level course work.

4.  Graduate Record Examination scores:Applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination scores.The General test is required; the Subject test is strongly recommended.The Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, or Chemistry subject tests are acceptable.Preference for admission will be given to applicants whose averaged test scores are at or above the 50th percentile.

5.  International applicants must satisfy the School of Graduate Studies English Language Proficiency Requirements.

6.  A Statement of Goals must be included with the application materials.This statement will describe the student’s academic achievements, research experience and accomplishments, career goals, and objectives for applying to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

7.  Three letters of recommendation addressing the student’s academic performance and research or professional experience are required to complete the application.At least two letters must be from faculty having direct knowledge of the student’s academic capabilities.

8.  Preference will be given to students who can demonstrate undergraduate research and/or a record of scholarly publication or other relevant experience.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Ph.D. degree in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.In addition to course work, the Ph.D. degree requires completion of an acceptable dissertation in a program of study designed by the student with Faculty Advisory Committee approval.

1.  A minimum of 90 credit hours of graduate level courses including research and dissertation.

2.  Completion of the following graduate level courses:

BIMD 501Scientific Discovery I6
BIMD 502Scientific Discovery II6
BIMD 510Basic Biomedical Statistics (fulfills the scholarly tool requirement)2
BIMD 516Responsible Conduct of Research2
BIMD 518Grant Writing2
BIMD 590Researchat least 50
BIMD 999Dissertation6

3.  The optional transcriptable subplan (Specialization) in Neuroscience requires completion of the following 5 courses (10 credits):

BIMD 520Principles of Neuroanatomy2
BIMD 521Neurophysiology2
BIMD 522Principles of Neuropharmacology2
BIMD 523Neurochemical Basis of the Nervous System2
BIMD 524Neurodegenerative Diseases and Pathophysiology2

4.  The optional transcriptable subplan (Specialization) in Microbiology and Immunology requires completion of the following 2 courses (4 credits):

BIMD 530Components of the Immune System2
BIMD 531Components of Microbial Pathogenesis2

and also requires completion of 5 credits chosen from the following courses:

BIMD 532Microbial Gene Regulation1
BIMD 533Microbial Membranes and Transport1
BIMD 534Microbial Cell Structure and Function1
BIMD 535Bacterial Host: Pathogen Interactions1
BIMD 536Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Viruses1
BIMD 537Host-Pathogen Interactions involving Eukaryotic Microbes (Parasites/Fungi)1
BIMD 538Immunological Disorders1

5.  Students who choose not to complete a subplan must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of graduate level elective courses selected from the following:

ANAT 513Gross Anatomy6
ANAT 5173
ANAT 521Principles of Developmental Biology3
ANAT 5226
ANAT 591Special Topics in Anatomy and Cell Biology1-3
BMB 533Advanced Topics1-9
MBIO 5012
MBIO 5042
MBIO 5082
MBIO 5093
MBIO 5122
MBIO 515Advanced Topics2
MBIO 5192
PPT 500Principles of Physiology and Pharmacology6
PPT 503Advanced Pharmacology or Physiology3
PPT 505Research Techniques1
PPT 511Biochemical and Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacology3
PPT 512Special Topics in Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics1
PPT 525Advanced Renal Physiology3
PPT 526Advanced Respiratory Physiology3
PPT 5273
PPT 528Advanced Endocrinology3
PPT 529Adv Cardiovascular Physiology3
PPT 530Advanced Neurochemistry3
PPT 5353
PPT 5403
BIMD 520Principles of Neuroanatomy2
BIMD 521Neurophysiology2
BIMD 522Principles of Neuropharmacology2
BIMD 523Neurochemical Basis of the Nervous System2
BIMD 524Neurodegenerative Diseases and Pathophysiology2
BIMD 530Components of the Immune System2
BIMD 531Components of Microbial Pathogenesis2
BIMD 532Microbial Gene Regulation1
BIMD 533Microbial Membranes and Transport1
BIMD 534Microbial Cell Structure and Function1
BIMD 535Bacterial Host: Pathogen Interactions1
BIMD 536Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Viruses1
BIMD 537Host-Pathogen Interactions involving Eukaryotic Microbes (Parasites/Fungi)1
BIMD 538Immunological Disorders1

6.  A student must obtain at least a “B” in all required courses in order to remain in good standing in the graduate program.If less than a “B” is received, the student will be given the opportunity to remediate in a manner determined by the course director.If remediation is unsuccessful, the student may petition the Graduate Faculty to take the course a second time.In the event that the student is unable to raise the grade to at least a “B”, the student must petition the Graduate Faculty to be allowed to remain the program.

7.  Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in accordance with School of Graduate Studies guidelines (UND Graduate and Undergraduate Academic Catalog).

8.  Students must successfully complete the comprehensive examination.

9.  Students must fulfill the teaching requirement as defined by the student’s Faculty Advisory Committee in consultation with the Department Chair and the Director of Graduate Studies in Biomedical Sciences.

10.  Research and Dissertation:The Ph.D. degree requires completion of a dissertation based on the results of a project completed by the graduate student under the guidance of a faculty advisor.The project must represent an original and independent investigation by the student.It is expected that the student will publish at least one first author peer-reviewed manuscript in a scientific or academic journal prior to the defense of their dissertation.The dissertation prepared by the candidate must be presented orally in a public forum and defended before the Faculty Advisory Committee and the Departmental Graduate Faculty and will be open to all members of the academic community.

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