Our research-intensive Ph.D. program culminates in a dissertation. Written and oral preliminary examinations occur between the end of the second year of graduate study and one semester before the final oral examination. The advisory committee administers exams for admission to candidacy.
Typical requirements include:
- A minimum of 72 credit hours of courses and research, including credits transferred from a masters degree
- At least 20 credits in specified nutrition and biochemistry courses
- Advanced coursework in related departments
Students are expected to have a strong background in math and chemistry. Additional graduate courses in biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, microbiology, and physiology are available to enhance the primary science support areas. We also encourage students to pursue a minor in another program or department. The student and their faculty advisory committee will agree on the final course selection for a plan of work.