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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomolecular Sciences

The Ph.D. in Biomolecular Sciences Degree consists of 66 credits total, with 29 credits of formal coursework, 5 credits of approved electives, 2 credits of examinations, and 30 credits of culminating activity. The table here shows a list of the classes required for this degree.

Course Number and TitleCredits
Core Sequence
BMOL 601 Biomolecules I (4 cr.)
BMOL 602 Biomolecules II (4 cr.)
BMOL 603 Biophysical Instrumentation (4 cr.)
12
Additional Required Courses
*BMOL 598 Graduate Seminar (4 cr.)
**BMOL 605 Current Scientific Literature (2 cr.)
BMOL 606 Proposal Writing (2 cr.)
BMOL 607 Graduate Research Presentation (1 cr.)
BMOL 511 (BIOL 511) Advanced Cell Biology (3 cr.)
BMOL 516 Responsible Conduct of Research (1 cr.)
PHYS 504 Molecular and Cellular Biophysics (4 cr.)
17
Approved Electives 5
Examinations
BMOL 687 Doctoral Preliminary Examination (1 cr.)
BMOL 691 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (1 cr.)
2
Culminating Activity
BMOL 693 Dissertation (30 cr.)
30
TOTAL
66

*1 credit course, to be taken four times towards degree requirements.
** 1 credit course, to be taken two times towards degree requirements.

Content on this page is provided as a quick reference for planning. All official course descriptions/degree requirements/admission standards/program learning outcomes/etc. are published on the Graduate Catalog site https://www.boisestate.edu/graduatecollege/.

Approved Electives for Ph.D. in Biomolecular Sciences

Course Number and TitleCredits
BMOL 514 Flow Cytometry Research Techniques (1 cr.)
BMOL 555 Applied Calculus for Biomolecular Sciences (1cr.)
BMOL 613 Molecular Genetics (3 cr.)
BMOL 615 Research in the Biomolecular Sciences (1 cr.)
BIOCHEM 512 Intermediary Metabolism (3 cr.)
BIOCHEM 513 Advanced Enzymology (3 cr.)
BIOL 501 Biometry (4 cr.)
BIOL 503 Advanced Biometry (4 cr.)
BIOL 509 Molecular Ecology (3 cr.)
BIOL 510 Pathogenic Bacteriology (4 cr.)
BIOL 514 Flow Cytometry Research Techniques (1 cr.)
BIOL 520 Immunology (3 cr.)
BIOL 521 Immunology Laboratory (2 cr.)
BIOL 531 Pharmacology (3 cr.)
BIOL 539 Vaccinology (3 cr.)
BIOL 540 General and Molecular Toxicology (3 cr.)
BIOL 541 Molecular Biology of Cancer (3 cr.)
BIOL 542 Molecular Neurobiology (3 cr.)
BIOL 543 Advanced Developmental Biology (2 cr.)
BIOL 546 Bioinformatics (3 cr.)
BIOL 547 Forensic Biology (3 cr.)
BIOL 548 Perl for Bioinformatics (3 cr.)
BIOL 549 Genomics (3 cr.)
BIOL 551 Developmental Biology (4 cr.)
BIOL 565 Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology Techniques (1 cr.)
BIOL 566 Adv. Topics in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (1 cr.)
BIOL 570 Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (3 cr.)
BIOL 623 Advanced Immunology (1 cr.)
BOT 523 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants (3 cr.)
CHEM 508 Synthetic Organic Chemistry (3 cr.)
CHEM 509 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry (3 cr.)
CHEM 510 Organic Polymer Synthesis (3 cr.)
CHEM 511 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3 cr.)
CHEM 521 Quantum Chemistry (3 cr.)
CHEM 522 Spectroscopy (3 cr.)
CHEM 523 Chemical Kinetics (3 cr.)
CHEM 540 Spectrometric Identification (3 cr.)
CHEM 551 Bioinorganic Chemistry (3 cr.)
CHEM 560 Introduction to NMR Spectroscopy (2 cr.)
CHEM 561 Intro. Molecular Modeling & Computational Chemistry (2 cr.)
COMPSCI 510 Databases (4 cr.)
COMPSCI 521 Design and Analysis of Algorithms (3 cr.)
COMPSCI 530 Parallel Computing (3 cr.)
COMPSCI 557 Artificial Intelligence (3 cr.)
ECE 556 Pattern Recognition (3 cr.)
MATH 562 Probability and Statistics (4 cr.)
MATH 572 Computational Statistics (3 cr.)
MBA 503 Managing Successful Projects: Planning and People (2 cr.)
PHYS 523 Physical Methods of Materials Characterization (3 cr.)
PHYS 536 Soft Matter (3 cr.)
PHYS 504 Molecular and Cellular Biophysics (4 cr.)
PHYS 520 Nanobiotechnology (3 cr.)
PHYS 537 Radiation Biophysics (3 cr.)
PHYS 624 Membrane Biophysics (3 cr.)
ZOOL 501 Human Physiology (4 cr.)
ZOOL 502 Human Endocrinology (3 cr.)
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*Up to 2 credits can be from coursework outside of this list except for university wide 696 Directed Research Courses (e.g. BMOL 696) or independent study courses (e.g., BMOL 596) that focus on the learning of research techniques and/or obtaining of data.

Faculty/students wishing to petition other courses for inclusion as an approved elective should contact the program director for guidance on course material preparation for the faculty steering committee to evaluate.  Ideally, this petitioning should happen early in the semester prior to when the course will be offered.

All official course descriptions/degree requirements/admission standards/program learning outcomes/etc. are published on the Graduate Catalog site https://www.boisestate.edu/graduatecollege/.