College of Arts & Sciences

Curriculum for the PhD in Molecular Bioscience

Degree Requirements

The doctoral program consists of two phases: foundation coursework and thesis research. Between completion of the foundation coursework and the start of research, the doctoral candidate will take a comprehensive qualifying examination and select a thesis mentor.

Students must complete a total of 72 credits, including 47 required credits in coursework (21 credits in required courses, 26 credits in thesis and seminar courses) and 25 credits of electives. The required courses will provide the student with a strong foundation in subject content and training in research techniques. Electives will provide breadth to the students’ training in the various subdisciplines of Molecular Bioscience. All these credits must be completed within ten years. Both full time and part-time students are eligible to enroll in the doctoral program at Seton Hall University. Full time students will carry at least 9 credits/semester in the fall and spring semesters. Part-time PhD students should have at least one year of "residency", where they must complete 18 credits. Other than that, they can have semesters where they are registered for just 3-4 credits.

Completion of the doctoral program must take place within seven years for the full time students and ten years for the part-time students.

Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA for all coursework towards the doctoral degree taken at SHU. Students with a grade of C or lower in a course will not be allowed to apply those course credits towards the total 72-credit requirement. If the course with a C or lower is a required course, the student must repeat the course with a satisfactory grade of B or better. Students with a GPA below 3.0 will be placed on probation for one semester to regain the acceptable status. The student who is unable to meet these remedial measures will not continue in the program.

Students must pass a comprehensive or qualifying examination after completion of the 21 credits of required courses after the second year.

Students must present and defend an oral and written doctoral dissertation.

Required Courses (21 credits)

BIOL 6113
BIOL 6216
Recombinant DNA Technology Lab 3
BIOL 6231
Molecular Biology 3
BIOL 6333
Cell Culture Techniques 3
BIOL 7226
Signal Transduction 3
ENGL 6414
Scientific and Technical Writing 3
GMHS 7603
Biomedical Ethics 3

Required thesis and seminars (28 credits)

BIOL 9001-9006
Readings in Molecular Biosciences I-VI (1 credit each)
BIOL 9091-9093
Special Topics in Biological Research I, II, III (2 credits each)
BIOL 9201-9206
Biology Seminar for Ph.D. Students (1credit each)
BIOL 9601-9614
Research for Thesis I-XIV (3 credits each)
   (Two thesis courses are required for the degree. However, the student may register for more than two, as needed.)  

Electives (23 credits)

BIOL 6115
Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3
BIOL 6233
Metabolic Pathways 3
BIOL 6242
Immunology 3
BIOL 6243
Immunology Lab 2
BIOL 6323
Vertebrate Endocrinology 3
BIOL 6325
Introduction to Pharmacology 3
BIOL 6326
Vertebrate Physiology 4
BIOL 6334
Developmental Biology 3
BIOL 6335
Methods in Neuroscience 3
BIOL 6369
Cancer Biology 3
BIOL 6412
Molecular Virology 3
BIOL 6431
Microbial Genetics 3
BIOL 7228
Fundamentals of Toxicology 3
BIOL 7224
Cellular Immunology 3
CHEM 6501
CHEM 7512
Biochemistry I, II (3 credits each) 3

Research Support  
The Department of Biological Sciences faculty maintain active research programs sponsored through federal funding, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Collaborative research programs with local biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and academic institutions provide further research training opportunities.

Director of Graduate Studies
Angela V. Klaus, Ph.D.

(973) 761-9146
McNulty Hall, Suite 307-Room 311

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