The MolE Ph.D. program will be separated into two focus areas, “CleanTech” (CT) and “BioTech,” (BT) and consists of core courses, elective courses, seminar courses, and research credits. A minimum of 63 research credits are required, yielding a minimum total credit count of 99.
Overall Program Credit Requirement
Core / Focus Area / Seminar (18 credits)
Research Facet Electives (9 credits)
Outside of Focus Area Elective (3 credits)
Free Electives (6 credits)
Research Credit (600/800 level)
- MS (intermediate milestone) (35 credits)
- Ph.D. (28 credits)
Core Course Sequence
The core course sequence consists of three graduate-level courses, of which two (MolE I and MolE II) are mandatory for all MolE students, and one (MolE-CT or MolE-BT) is specific to the selected focus area. There is also a seminar (MolE-S) course that follows the student over three academic years (year 1-3).
The MolE Ph.D. elective courses (18 total credits) are composed of “Outside of Focus Area Elective” (3 credits), “Free Electives” (6 credits), and “Research Facet Electives” (9 credits). An approved and regularly updated list is provided for research facet electives.
Typical Degree Timeline
It is not feasible to set the total time to degree, but we expect most students to finish in less than five years. Adjust your research credits so you are registering for 11 to 18 total credits during the Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters. Register for two credits during Summer Quarter. If you fail to meet one of the below milestones on time, you are subject to being placed on probation or dismissal from the program either via internal procedures, or via the Graduate School policy detailed in Memo 16. This includes securing research rotations, as well as securing a permanent lab placement.