Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

To fulfill Ph.D. requirements, Pathobiology students must complete required courses, pass the preliminary qualifying examination, and write and successfully defend an original laboratory research-based thesis. Students in the Pathobiology Graduate Program are required to take 3 core courses and 2 focus area courses.  Additional coursework may be required in some cases, and elective courses may be taken.  Also, all entering Ph.D. students in  the Division of Biology and Medicine are required to take and pass  'Responsible Conduct in Research' training, during the Fall semester of their first year.

 

Students who enter the Ph.D. with graduate level course work completed after obtaining the bachelor's degree may be able to transfer tuition credits to Brown. Typically, students have to identify a laboratory to complete their thesis work no later than the end of the summer that follows their first academic year in the program. All course work should be completed by the second year. A variety of workshops, journal clubs, colloquia, and seminars within the Program, the Division, and the University provide complementary intellectual enrichment and career development opportunities.