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Overview of Curricular Requirements

Curricular Requirements

The PULSe curriculum has been designed to provide students with the basic information they will need to succeed in the PULSe TGs during their Ph.D. work. In addition, the curriculum provides a broad and interdisciplinary program of study with the maximum possible flexibility so that students may tailor their programs to their individual needs and explore several training areas before deciding on one for their thesis program. The core requirements are a combination of general courses, TG-specific survey courses and laboratory rotations.

Credit Hours: The core requirements comprise 15-18 credits;

  • 6 credits of general course work, divided into four focus areas (described below);
  • 4-7 credits of TG Introductory courses (2 courses of 2 - 4 credits each); TGs may require additional, specialty coursework, beyond the core requirements.
  • 1 credit of a participatory seminar course;
  • 4 rotation credits of GRAD 60100, performing lab rotations in the first year. Not to be listed on the Plan of Study;
  • 69900 research credits (number of 69900 hours taken are determined on an individual basis by the PULSe Office each semester; note that a total of 90 credit hours are required for the Ph.D.);
  • The student's research progress will be monitored for its ability to meet demands for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. This is one component of the Advisory Committee evaluation performed each year.

The Biotechnology TG has additional core and credit hour requirements.  See page seven of the PULSe Student Guidebook for details.

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