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Physio - Graduate Program

Houston, Texas

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Graduate Program
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Courses

Students in classroomStudents have access to a varied curriculum that includes physiology, biophysics, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, mathematics, computer sciences, physics, and neuroscience.

The curriculum centers around the core curriculum offered by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The service curriculum provides fundamental, graduate level coursework in cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry. A vigorous program of seminars, workshops, and journal clubs provides students with current knowledge of specialized fields. The course work is planned to suit the student's research goals and to supplement previous training.

The Ph.D. degree requires satisfactory completion of 135 term hours.

  • A minimum of 60 term hours of course work is required of which 12 graded hours must be taken outside the student's department (special projects are counted as course work hours excluding the 12 required outside the department). Thirty term hours of graded coursework must be completed prior to standing for the Qualifying Exam.
  • The remaining 75 term hours may be either course work, special projects or dissertation research.
  • Students must be enrolled for at least 12 term hours per term, five terms per year. Students wishing to take more than 17 hours per term must obtain written permission from their advisor and have the approval of the dean.

The academic year is from approximately Aug. 1 to July 31 and terms are designated I, II, III, IV, and V. Normally students begin their studies in August, Term I.

Typical Course of Study Example:

YEAR 1

Term 1: August - October
Course # Course Name Credit
-Required Courses
GS-GS-502 Molecular Methods 3
GS-GS-501 Organization of the Cell 2
GS-GS-513 Science as a Profession 1
GS-PY-549 Research Rotation
GS-PY-466 Seminar 1
Recommended Elective Courses
GS-GS-503 Genetics A 2
Term 2: October - December
Course # Course Name Credit
Required Courses
GS-PY-431 Human Physiology I 3
GS-PY-415 Cell Physiology 1
GS-PY-466 Seminar 1
GS-PY-549 Research Rotation
Recommended Elective Courses
GS-GS-505 Cell Division 2
GS-GS-504 Genetics B 2
GS-GS-506 Development 2
Term 3: January - March
Course # Course Name Credit
Required Courses
GS-PY-432 Human Physiology II 3
GS-GS-507 Molecular Interactions 2
GS-PY-466 Seminar 1
GS-PY-549 Research Rotation
Recommended Elective Courses
GS-GS-509 Gene Regulation 3
GS-GS-511 Neuroscience 1
GS-GS-444 Brain Imaging from Cell to System 3
Term 4: March - May
Course # Course Name Credit
Required Courses
GS-GE-407 Basic Biostatistics 3
GS-PY-465 Transmembrane Signaling 2
GS-CS-411 Cardiovascular Physiology (CVS Track) 4
GS-PY-549 Research Rotation
GS-PY-466 Seminar 1
Recommended Elective Courses.
GS-CS-425 Cellular Signaling 3
GS-GS-510 Structure of Macromolecules 3
GS-NE-462J Concepts of Learning & Memory 3
Term 5: May - July
Course # Course Name Credit
Required Courses
GS-CS-412 Cardiovascular Disease & Pathology (CVS Track) 4
GS-PY-466 Seminar 1
GS-PY-549 Research Rotation

YEAR 2

Term 1: August - October
Course # Course Name Credit
Required Courses
GS-PY-435 Special Projects 1-11
GS-PY-466 Seminar 1
Term 2: October - December
Course # Course Name Credit
Required Courses
GS-PY-413 Grant Writing Skills 1
GS-PY-435 Special Projects 1-10
GS-PY-466 Seminar 1
Term 3: January - March
Course # Course Name Credit
Required Courses
GS-PY-435 Special Projects 1-11
GS-PY-466 Seminar 1
Term 4: March - May
Course # Course Name Credit
Required Courses
GS-PY-435 Special Projects 1-11
GS-PY-466 Seminar 1
Term 5: August - October
Course # Course Name Credit
Required Courses
GS-PY-550 Dissertation 11
GS-PY-466 Seminar 1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS PER TERM EQUALS 12