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Integrative Life Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Eggleston, Dr. William B.
Director, Ph.D. Program
weggles@vcu.edu
(804) 828-0799

Admission requirements summary

Integrative Life Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Degree:

Ph.D.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall (preferred)
Spring
Summer
Deadline
dates:

Feb 1
Test
requirements:

GRE
Special requirements:
See program website

The Ph.D. in Integrative Life Sciences is designed for students who want to conduct research that is integrative across multiple disciplines and that takes a systems approach to emerging research questions across the many fields that comprise the life sciences. Students may opt to work with faculty members from departments on both campuses. The program provides the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research at multiple scales of study from the molecular to ecosystem levels with an emphasis on the concepts of systems biology and biological complexity.

Student learning outcomes

  1. The candidate will demonstrate the achievement of an appropriate level of oral communication skills with respect to the content, organization, logical flow, presentation and appropriate use of language incorporating the use of visual aids, as measured by rubric.
  2. The candidate will demonstrate the achievement of an appropriate level of written communication skill with respect to grammar, syntax, spelling and use of vocabulary to effectively present information including the use of figures, tables and citations as measured by rubric.
  3. The candidate will demonstrate the achievement of an appropriate level of competence in the ability to appraise, modify. and/or create and implement experimental protocols and to design and develop experiments as measured by rubric.
  4. The candidate will demonstrate an appropriate level of skill in the identification and selection of meaningful problems to be addressed in bioscience research, including the ability to defend said identifications and to design and develop appropriate methods to solve said problems as measured by rubric.
  5. The candidate will demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of the life sciences and a more detailed understanding of the disciplines most pertinent to their own interdisciplinary research area, including an appropriate familiarity with the research literature and the ability to evaluate and critique publications as measured by rubric.

 

 

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