Degree Title and Name: Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Program Name and Number:
MCB Plant Biology – PH6949
MCB Biological Sciences – PH6947
MCB Chemistry/Biochemistry – PH6946
Department/Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Delivery Mode: Athens Campus
Term(s) of Entry: Fall (interdepartmental transfers considered Fall and Spring)
Program Overview: This is an interdisciplinary program committed to providing students with one-on-one faculty mentoring and cutting-edge scientific, education, and research opportunities in molecular and cellular biology.
The program offers the Ph.D. in a broad range of areas in molecular and cellular biology catered to student and faculty interests. A core curriculum has been developed with course offerings in MCB, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Plant Biology, and Computer Science, with access to world-class research facilities. MCB graduate students are also eligible to earn a graduate certificate in Bioinformatics during their study at Ohio University.
The MCB doctorate is a full-time program. Normative time to completion is five academic years.
Program Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to:
- Follow professional standards of scientific inquiry and responsible conduct in their research and professional interactions.
- Provide detailed explanations of topics within their research area of concentration.
- Explain key concepts across the breadth of the field of molecular and cellular biology.
- Design and perform experiments to test hypotheses, both independently and in collaborative research teams.
- Collect, analyze and interpret results from biological data.
- Perform statistical analysis, as necessary, to interpret datasets.
- Write competitive research proposals.
- Present scientific knowledge in both written and oral forms to both scientific and lay audiences.
Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/mcb/
Link to Program Handbook: The Memorandum of Understanding outlining detailed processes and requirements can be found at https://www.ohio.edu/mcb/curriculum/index.cfm.
Graduation Requirements: Complete 90 credit hours (30 graded credits of course work), with no grade below a C. A student entering the program with an earned M.S. degree is required to complete a minimum of 24 graded credit hours of graduate coursework.
Required core curriculum for MCB students:
- Biochemistry - CHEM 5901 (4 credits) and CHEM 5902 (4 credits)
- Biological Research and Science Ethics – PBIO 5170 (1 credit)
- Molecular Biology - MCB 7200 (3 credits)
- Bioinformatics – Genomics Laboratory – MCB 5280 (3 credits) or Problem Solving with Bioinformatics Tools – MCB 5160 (3 credits)
- Advanced Cell Biology - MCB 7600 (3 credits)
- Writing in the Life Sciences - PBIO 5180 (3 credits)
- Seminar in Molecular and Cellular Biology - MCB 7410 (1 credit)
Culminating Experience: Students will complete a written dissertation and oral defense of the dissertation.
Admission Requirements: Applications meeting the following criteria are reviewed for admission to the PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology program:
- A bachelor’s or master’s degree in biology or related discipline
- GPA (or equivalent) of 3.0 out of 4.0
- GRE scores: Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing scores are required. The GRE subject test is not required.
- For international students: Minimum TOEFL iBT score of 95 (or 260 on the Ohio University-administered TOEFL)
- 3 letters of recommendation from current or prior professors.
- Resume or Curriculum Vita (CV) with employment and research experience, including part-time and / or unpaid volunteer or internship experiences.
- Personal Statement which includes: autobiographical sketch and statement of intent.
- A list of 2-3 MCB faculty members whose research you find especially interesting and would consider as potential mentors.
International Students: This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.