Health and Exercise Science: Exercise Physiology, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D500

Program Requirements

Interdisciplinary Research Core (12 hours)
HES 6970Seminar in Health and Exercise Science3
HES 6990Independent Study in Health and Exercise Science3
Graduate Statisics6
Dissertation Research (12 hours)
HES 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation12
Extended Core for Exercise Physiology (21 hours)
Choose one of the following 6 hour tracks:6
6 hours PHYO (OUHSC)
2 courses from an approved list of biology courses 1
2 three-hour graduate physiology courses as approved by doctoral advisory committee
CHEM 3653Introduction to Biochemistry3
HES 6823Cardiorespiratory Exercise Physiology3
HES 6833Human Body Composition3
HES 6843Neuromuscular Physiology3
HES 6883Endocrinology and Metabolism of Exercise3
Electives: Electives and transfer credit (including credit from a completed master's degree) as approved by the doctoral advisory committee and as needed to complete 90 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree45
Total Credit Hours90

Approved biology courses for the Exercise Physiology extended core: BIOL 3103 (taken for graduate credit), BIOL 5833, BIOL 5863.

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: