Biology, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D105 R064

Program Requirements

Choose from one of the following:3
Quantitative Biology (taken for graduate credit)
An equivalent graduate-level statistics course as approved by advisory committee
Biology Electives
30+ hours of graduate-level coursework as specified by the advisory committee30
Dissertation Research
BIOL 6980Research Doctoral Dissertation (30 hours minimum)30
Additional Coursework
Additional courses as needed to complete 90 post-baccalaureate hours, with approval from advisory committee27
Total Credit Hours90

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: