Cellular and Behavioral Neurobiology: Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D145

Program Requirements

Course Requirements
BIOL 5833Neurobiology3
BIOL 5871Current Topics in Neurobiology (Including 2 presentations)1
AME 5990Special Projects (2-3 lab rotations)6-9
Advanced engineering graduate courses at the 5000-level or higher (24 hours minimum - as determined by the student's doctoral advisory conference)24
Graduate level math-related coursework (3 hours minimum)3
Graduate level math-related or science coursework (3 hours minimum)3
Additional coursework as needed to reach 42 hours (minimum) 10-2
Dissertation Research
AME 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation (42 hours minimum)42
Total Credit Hours90

Coursework Requirements

  • The program requires satisfactory completion of at least 42 course credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree for a total of 90 credit hours.
  • A maximum of 9 credit hours of Special Projects, Guided Individual Studies, or other non-competitively graded courses (including 6 credit hours of MS thesis) may be included.
  • Students may include up to 42 credit hours from previous graduate work as follows:
    • All of a M.S. degree up to 30 hours but including no more than 6 thesis hours
    • All of a M.S. non-thesis degree up to 36 hours
    • Up to 12 hours of post-master’s work

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: http://www.ou.edu/gradcollege/forms/bulletin