Ph.D. Requirements
Plant Stress Biology

To satisfy the course requirements for a doctoral degree, a student must complete:

  • A minimum of 72 credit hours from courses numbered 7000-9000 (this includes dissertation research credit hours - i.e. PLNT S 9090)
  • 15 credit hours (towards the 72 hour requirement) must be from courses numbered at the 8000 or 9000 level, exclusive of dissertation research, problems or independent study.

The core requirements for the PhD degree in Plant Stress Biology program are:

  • Two Entry Level courses (to be completed in the first year).

  • Choose one course from: Choose one course from:
  • Required courses:

    • PLNT S 8010 Professionalism and Ethics (2 credits)
    • PLNT S 8530 Research with Plant Stress Agents (3 credits)
  • Participation in the student seminar series:

  • Dissertation Research (1 - 10 credits per semester)

    • PLNT S 9090
  • Participation in one of two readings courses each year (must enroll each year until the comprehensive exam is passed):

  • Elective courses to fulfill the requirement for 15 credit hours at the 8000 or 9000 level. Selections include, but are not limited to:

    • AN S 8430 Introduction to Bioinformatics Programming (4 credits)
    • BIOCHM 8434 Signaling in Molecular Cell Biology (3 credits)
    • INFO INST 8005 Applications of Bioinformatics Tools in Biological Research (3 credits)
  • Additional Entry Level courses:

  • During the Fall and Winter semesters, PhD students who have not completed their comprehensive exam must enroll for 9 credits to be considered a full time student.

  • Teaching Requirement:

  • For a more detailed explanation of degree requirements, see the Graduate Student Handbook.