The total classroom requirements are 18 graduate level credit hours, which include: a series of core courses, a two semester sequence in critical analysis of scientific literature, two semesters of a class focused on techniques for oral presentation, and four credits in electives. The latter affords our students considerable flexibility in tailoring their curriculum to fit their individual interests.
Graduate Program Overview
Science is not practiced in isolation. If their research or other scientific endeavors are to have an impact on the scientific community and society, our graduates must be effective communicators. Acquiring the skills for effective oral and written scientific communication is a key element of our program. Our curriculum includes two semesters of a course in which students perfect their oral presentation skills. Numerous opportunities to speak also occur through lab group meetings, journal clubs, and seminar programs. Several core courses involve written exercises, but the most important fine-tuning of writing skills occurs while preparing committee reports, publications, and the dissertation under the direct guidance of the advisor.