Genetics GIDP Degree Requirements
PhD Major, PhD Minor and MS
Required for Major (PhD in Genetics)
GENE 670 (Recent Advances in Genetics): a 2-unit seminar course, required of all students every semester for a minimum of four years (i.e., 8 semesters = 16 credit units). This course will consist of research presentation and journal club literature presentations in the broad area of Systems Genetics. This is a letter graded course.
GENE 795A (Laboratory Research Rotations): Taken in the first semester of the first year. Three six-week lab rotations of 2 units each (6 credit units total). Students will produce a 2-page written report summarizing each rotation project, with the report to be presented to and signed by the supervising faculty before the letter grade is assigned.
MCB 695E Ethics (1 unit), PHCL 595B Scientific Writing Strategies, Skills and Ethics (2 units), or SP H 649 Survival Skills and Ethics (3 units)
GENE 920 (Dissertation): 18 units, as required by UA Graduate College
Units in the Minor: Minimum of 9, as required by the minor program
Approximate 14 units remaining (from 63 total), after above courses are taken: All students will be required to submit a Doctoral Plan of Study (PoS) by the end of their first academic year (e.g. June of their first year). The PoS will be developed by the student and his/her mentor in consultation with program curriculum committee members. The PoS will list (1) specific courses that satisfy the unit requirements of the graduate school, and (2) a specific timeline for the completion of the listed coursework. Because it will be impossible to predict the background education of each incoming student and their specific Ph.D. research project, this format will allow for maximum flexibility in constructing the specific curricula that will supplement deficiencies in each students’ knowledge while also complementing their proposed area of research. The PoS progress will be evaluated a minimum of once per year by the student’s dissertation committee and changes to the PoS shall be approved by the committee members and/or the chair of the program.
Required for Doctoral Minor in Genetics
GENE 670 (Recent Advances in Genetics): 2 semesters = 4 credit units.
Remaining 5 units: Graded courses as approved on student’s PoS by the two Dissertation Committee members who are faculty members of the Genetics GIDP (see <http://www.gidp.arizona.edu/node/48> for official listing). There must also be two Comprehensive Examination Committee members who are faculty members of the Genetics GIDP, and the Comprehensive Examination written and oral questions must include material from the student’s genetics coursework.
Required for MS Degree in Genetics
The University of Arizona requires a minimum of 30 units of graduate credit, of which at least 24 credits must be in non-thesis credits. A thesis, substantial research project, final creative project, or additional coursework in lieu of a thesis is required. The Genetics GIDP offers the choice of doing a thesis/substantial research project with 30 units of graduate credit courses, or a non-thesis option with 36 units of graduate credit required.
Except for a limited number of units that can be transferred from other approved institutions, the remaining unit requirements must be met by University of Arizona courses. At least one half of the required units (for both thesis and non-thesis/coursework only options) must receive a grade of A, B or C. (i.e. no more than half the units can be graded S or P.) In cases in which a thesis is part of the degree program, the student must enroll for at least three (3) thesis (910) units, but not more than six (6) credits may count toward the degree.
All students will be required to submit a Masters Plan of Study (PoS) by the end of their first semester. The PoS will be developed by the student and his/her mentor in consultation with committee members.
GENE 670 (Recent Advances in Genetics): 4 semesters = 8 credit units; requirement may be reduced or waived with approval of the program chair
MCB 695EEthics (1 unit), PHCL 595B Scientific Writing Strategies, Skills and Ethics (2 units), or SP H 649 Survival Skills and Ethics (3 units). Requirement may be waived with approval of the program chair.