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Ph.D. students are expected to enroll as full-time graduate students. Initially students take formal course work and become familiar with current research topics through seminars, discussion groups and lectures by distinguished scientists. Students will also rotate through a minimum of three research laboratories to decide their preferred laboratory and dissertation research. Once a match has been made between the student and the faculty advisor they will begin their dissertation research.

The total number of credit hours required for graduation will vary depending upon the qualifications of the student on entering the program, the nature of research being conducted or in the funding status of the student. Further information can be found in the graduate bulletin. Many students often end up taking more than the minimum number of hours required for their degree program.

Students have the option of enrolling in the Broadening Experiences for Scientific Training Program to explore their career options. Students interested in an academic career can enroll in the Preparing Future Faculty Program.

Required courses
OVPR 601Scientific Integrity1 credit
BIOC 530Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology2 credits
BIOC 531Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology1 credit
BIOC 532Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology1 credit
BIOC 533Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology1 credit
BIOC 543Statistical Methods I3 credits
MICR 653AMG: Bioinformatics3 credits


Core courses
OCMB 701An Introduction to Oral Biology2 credits
OCMB 702An Introduction to Oral Pathogenesis2 credits
OCMB 703Research Topics in Oral Biology1 credit
OCMB 704Oral Biology Seminar Series1 credit
To be taken for up to 8 credits
OCMB 706Proposal Preparation1 credit
OCMB 707Research Skills and Career Development1 credit



Students must also complete 8 elective credits.  Students will work with their advisors to select the most appropriate electives for their research and career aspirations.

Research requirements
OCMB 705Oral Biology Directed Research1-15 credits
To be taken repeatedly to fulfill the research requirements of the Ph.D.

Further details can be found in the graduate bulletin.