VCU Bulletins

Anatomy and Neurobiology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Bigbee, Dr. John W.
Graduate Program Director
jbigbee@vcu.edu
(804) 828-0948

Web:
www.vcu.edu/anatomy/

Admission requirements summary

Anatomy and Neurobiology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Degree:

Ph.D.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall preferred
Deadline
dates:

Applications received prior to Jan 7 given priority consideration
Test
requirements:

GRE, MCAT or DAT
Special requirements:
MCAT or DAT acceptable in lieu of GRE for combined professional/academic degree programs

Advanced graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy is offered in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology.

Student learning outcomes

Curriculum

A typical course plan follows:


Fall 1
Credits
ANAT 630 Research Presentations
1
ANAT 690 Anatomy and Neurobiology Seminar
1
ANAT 697 Directed Research (laboratory rotations)
4
BIOC/MICR 503 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
5
NEUS 609 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
4
 
Spring 1
ANAT 610 Systems Neuroscience
4
ANAT 630 Research Presentations
1
ANAT 690 Anatomy and Neurobiology Seminar
1
ANAT 697 Directed Research (laboratory rotations)
3
BIOC/MICR 504 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
5
 
Summer 1
ANAT 697 Directed Research
6
 
Fall 2
ANAT 630 Research Presentations
1
ANAT 690 Anatomy and Neurobiology Seminar
1
ANAT 697 Directed Research
variable
OVPR 601 Scientific Integrity
1
Elective
 
Spring 2
ANAT 615 Techniques in Neuroscience and Cell Biology
2
ANAT 620 Scientific Writing and Grantsmanship
2
ANAT 630 Research Presentations
1
ANAT 690 Anatomy and Neurobiology Seminar
1
ANAT 697 Directed Research
variable
Elective

Summer following second year

During the summer following the second year the student will take the required written and oral comprehensive exams. Students also register for ANAT 697 Directed Research (6 credits) and work in the research laboratory of their chosen thesis adviser.

Written comprehensive examination

The written exam consists of two parts. Part one is an open-book exam that is designed to: 1) assess the student’s ability to integrate course material and 2) demonstrate critical thinking and evaluation of the literature in the basic health sciences related to the student’s area of research. For part two, students will prepare an NIH-style grant proposal based on their research plan.

Oral comprehensive examination

After successful completion of both parts of the written comprehensive, the student’s graduate advisory committee will administer the oral comprehensive examination, which entails an oral defense of the student’s grant proposal as well as the topics covered in part one of the written comprehensive. The oral comprehensive covers: (1) course work (anatomy and other basic health sciences) related to the student’s proposed research, (2) the literature cited in or related to the proposal, and (3) the hypotheses, research techniques and procedures presented in the proposal. Successful completion of the oral comprehensive exam advances the student to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

Third academic year and beyond

There is no expectation of the time required to complete the doctoral degree. Beginning with the fall semester of the third year in the graduate program students will devote their full time to conducting research in the laboratory of their advisers. Students also are required to register for 14 credits of ANAT 697 Directed Research, and one credit of ANAT 690 Anatomy and Neurobiology Seminar and one credit of ANAT 630 Research Presentations each semester. During the summer, students register for six credits of ANAT 697.

At the appropriate time in their research, the student will prepare a dissertation and schedule a final oral defense of the thesis. The final oral examination (defense of the dissertation) will be limited to the subject of the candidate’s dissertation and related basic science.

Electives

Students are required to enroll in one elective, which will enhance their graduate training. Students must maintain a 3.0 overall cumulative grade point average to continue in the doctoral program. Suggested electives include:


 
Credits
ANAT 617 Developmental Neurobiology
3
BIOS/STAT 543 Statistical Methods I
3
MICR 505 Immunobiology
3
MICR 607 Techniques in Molecular Biology and Genetics
2
PHIS 501 Mammalian Physiology
5
PHIS 604 Cell Physiology: From Molecules to Organisms
4
PHIS/PHTX 620 Ion Channels in Membranes
3
PHTX 536 Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology
5
PHTX 632 Neurochemical Pharmacology
3

Students must achieve a grade of B or better in all courses, or they will be required to repeat that course.

 

 

Comments/feedback about this site   |   Bulletin (catalog) archives/printer-friendly bulletins   |   About these bulletins

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia
Contact us: bulletin@vcu.edu

Last update: 9/13/2013

Created by VCU University Relations