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2018-2020 Graduate School Catalog 
    
2018-2020 Graduate School Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PhD Bioenvironmental Sciences, Curriculum Sequence


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Suggested Curriculum Sequence


36 Credit – Advanced Track


The typical plan of study requires enrollment in minimum of nine (9) credit hours per term to maintain full-time status. Not every course is offered every term, and the following plan of study is an illustration. At the initial conference with the Program Director, a preliminary plan of study will be established, and this will be reported to the School of Graduate Studies (using the SGS Plan of Study Form) for placement in the student’s official file. At this time, any anticipated exceptions or anticipated transfer credits will be noted. An estimated time for completion of the dissertation must be included. Changes to the plan of study will be reported to the School of Graduate Studies. The student and the advisor will sign the form submitted to the School of Graduate Studies.

The following is based on the minimum of 36 hours of graduate course work beyond the Baccalaureate degree. Students entering the Ph.D. program with prior graduate studies can transfer up to 6 hours of 600 level or higher equivalent courses per the approval of the Program Director and the School of Graduate Study (transfer credits cannot have not been used as part of another degree).

Year 1, Second Semester (Spring, Year 1) : 9 Credits


Year 1 (Summer Semester)


Comprehensive Examinations Preparation

Year 2, Third Semester (Fall, Year 2): 10 Credits


Year 2, Fourth Semester (Spring, Year 2): 4 Credits


BIOL 625: Seminar in Modern Biology & Environmental Science 1 Credit

BIOL 801: Supv. Doctoral Research 800-level (Proposal Defense) 3 Credits

BIOL 993: Doctoral Pre-Candidacy 3/9* Credits

 

* Note: This course conveys full-time status to a doctoral student as a full-time student engaged in study prior to the achievement of doctoral candidacy. Students studying for comprehensive examinations or preparing for a proposal defense enroll in this course.  This course is a non-curricular course and cannot be considered a program credit requirement. The student registers for 3 credit hours and the registration reports the full-time status of 9 graduate credit hours.  

 

Teaching Assistantship

Dissertation Proposal Defended

Total Credit Hours: 36


Continuing Semesters: 3 Credits


After Candidacy is Achieved:

BIOL or CHEM 997/998: Dissertation Guidance / Dissertation Defense 3/9* Credits

* Note: Upon achieving Doctoral Candidacy, the student will continuously register in Fall and Spring terms for XXXX 997 (Dissertation Guidance) until the Dissertation is completed and submitted to the School of Graduate Studies for review.  The course is used only when the curriculum has been completed, candidacy has been achieved, and the student is completing the research and writing of the Dissertation. The XXXX 997 course registration maintains the student status as a matriculated, full-time student (student is registered for 3 credit hours and the system reports a full-time 9 credit hour load).  

After the Intent to Defend the Dissertation form has been received by the School of Graduate Studies, this course registration will be changed to XXXX 998 (Dissertation Defense) for the given semester and count for 3 credit hours of curricular coursework (XXXX 998 will also count as 9 credits of load).  XXXX 997 will not count toward curricular credits. Other courses cannot be substituted for XXXX 997 (Dissertation Guidance). The only eligible grade for XXXX 997 (Dissertation Guidance) is the grade of “S” and the only acceptable grade for XXXX 998 (Dissertation Defense) is “P/F” (Pass/Fail).

60 Credit – Standard Track


The typical plan of study requires enrollment in minimum of nine (9) credit hours per term to maintain full-time status. Not every course is offered every term, and the following plan of study is an illustration. At the initial conference with the Program Director, a preliminary plan of study will be established, and this will be reported to the School of Graduate Studies (using the SGS Plan of Study Form) for placement in the student’s official file. At this time, any anticipated exceptions or anticipated transfer credits will be noted. An estimated time for completion of the dissertation must be included. Changes to the plan of study will be reported to the School of Graduate Studies. The student and the advisor will sign the form submitted to the School of Graduate Studies.

The following is based on the minimum of 66 hours of graduate course work beyond the Baccalaureate degree. Students entering the Ph.D. program with prior graduate studies can transfer up to 12 hours of 600 level or higher equivalent courses per the approval of the Program Director and the School of Graduate Study (transfer credits cannot have not been used as part of another degree).

Year 1, First Semester (Fall, Year 1): 9 Credits


Year 1, Second Semester (Spring, Year 1) : 9 Credits


Year 1 (Summer Semester)


Comprehensive Examination Preparation

Year 2, Third Semester (Fall, Year 2): 10 Credits


Year 2, Fourth Semester (Spring, Year 2): 10 Credits


Year 3, Fifth Semester (Fall, Year 3): 10 Credits


Year 3, Sixth Semester Spring, Year 3): 9 Credits


Total Credit Hours: 60


Continuing Semesters: 3 Credits


After Candidacy is Achieved:

BIOL or CHEM 997/998: Dissertation Guidance / Dissertation Defense 3/9* Credits 

* Note: Upon achieving Doctoral Candidacy, the student will continuously register in Fall and Spring terms for XXXX 997 (Dissertation Guidance) until the Dissertation is completed and submitted to the School of Graduate Studies for review.  The course is used only when the curriculum has been completed, candidacy has been achieved, and the student is completing the research and writing of the Dissertation. The XXXX 997 course registration maintains the student status as a matriculated, full-time student (student is registered for 3 credit hours and the system reports a full-time 9 credit hour load).  

After the Intent to Defend the Dissertation form has been received by the School of Graduate Studies, this course registration will be changed to XXXX 998 (Dissertation Defense) for the given semester and count for 3 credit hours of curricular coursework (XXXX 998 will also count as 9 credits of load).  XXXX 997 will not count toward curricular credits. Other courses cannot be substituted for XXXX 997 (Dissertation Guidance). The only eligible grade for XXXX 997 (Dissertation Guidance) is the grade of “S” and the only acceptable grade for XXXX 998 (Dissertation Defense) is “P/F” (Pass/Fail).

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