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CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master’s Degrees:

M.S.

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

51 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least 50% of the 30 required credits for the MS degree must be fulfilled with courses designed for graduate work. For CMB, this includes courses that are numbered 700 or above, or courses reviewed and approved by the program’s curriculum committee that have been designated as core or additional approved courses for graduate work.

Specific approved core courses considered graduate level by CMB are:

Biochem 601 Protein and Enzyme Structure and Function
Biochem/Genetics/Microbio 612 Prokaryotic Molecular Biology
Biochem/Pharmacol 620 Eukaryotic Molecular Biology
Genetics/Microbio 607 Advanced Microbial Genetics
Microbio/Oncology/Pl Path 640 General Virology—Multiplication of Viruses
Anatomy/Neurosci/Zoology 765 Developmental Neuroscience
Biochem/Pharmacol/Zoology 630 Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms
Botany 860 Plant Cell Biology

These courses have been identified by their course subject owners as graduate-level courses.

Additional courses across campus departments which have been identified as designed for graduate work by the course’s home department may also be considered.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least 50% of the 51 required credits for the PhD degree must be fulfilled with courses designed for graduate work. For CMB, this includes courses that are numbered 700 or above, or courses reviewed and approved by the program’s curriculum committee that have been designated as core or additional approved courses for graduate work.

Specific approved core courses considered graduate level by CMB are:

Biochem 601 Protein and Enzyme Structure and Function
Biochem/Genetics/Microbio 612 Prokaryotic Molecular Biology
Biochem/Pharmacol 620 Eukaryotic Molecular Biology
Genetics/Microbio 607 Advanced Microbial Genetics
Microbio/Oncology/Pl Path 640 General Virology—Multiplication of Viruses
Anatomy/Neurosci/Zoology 765 Developmental Neuroscience
Biochem/Pharmacol/Zoology 630 Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms
Botany 860 Plant Cell Biology
Oncology 703 Carcinogenesis and Tumor Cell Biology
Path 750 Cellular and Molecular Biology/Pathology
Oncology 675 Ethics

These courses have been identified by their course subject owners as graduate-level courses.

Additional courses across campus departments which have been identified as designed for graduate work by the course’s home department may also be considered.

Prior Coursework Requirements from: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Does not appear on UW–Madison transcript or count toward graduate GPA. The minimum residence requirement can be satisfied only with courses taken as a graduate student at UW–Madison, with the exception being graduate-level work taken as a CIC traveling scholar. These requests evaluated on case-by-case basis

Prior Coursework Requirements from: UW–Madison Undergraduate

The program may decide to accept up to 7 credits numbered 300 or above of required or elective courses from undergraduate work completed at UW–Madison towards fulfillment of minimum degree requirements. This is not allowed to count toward the 50% graduate coursework minimum unless taken at the 700 level or above. Work will not appear on the graduate career portion of UW–Madison transcript or count toward GPA. Minimum residence credit requirement can be satisfied only with courses taken as a graduate student at UW–Madison. All requests evaluated on case-by-case basis.

Prior Coursework Requirements from: UW–Madison University Special

With payment of the difference in tuition (between University Special and graduate tuition), the program may accept up to 15 University Special student credits as fulfillment of the minimum graduate residence, or graduate degree requirements on occasion. This work would not be allowed to count toward the 50% graduate coursework minimum unless taken at the 700 level or above. All requests evaluated on case-by-case basis.

Prior Coursework Requirements from: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Does not appear on UW–Madison transcript or count toward graduate GPA. The minimum residence requirement can be satisfied only with courses taken as a graduate student at UW–Madison, with the exception being graduate-level work taken as a CIC traveling scholar. These requests evaluated on case-by-case basis

Prior Coursework Requirements from: UW–Madison Undergraduate

The program may decide to accept up to seven credits numbered 300 or above of required or elective courses from undergraduate work completed at UW–Madison towards fulfillment of minimum degree requirements. This is not allowed to count toward the 50% graduate coursework minimum unless taken at the 700 level or above. Work will not appear on the graduate career portion of UW–Madison transcript or count toward GPA. Minimum residence credit requirement can be satisfied only with courses taken as a graduate student at UW–Madison. All requests evaluated on case-by-case basis.

Prior Coursework Requirements from: UW–Madison University Special

With payment of the difference in tuition (between University Special and graduate tuition), the program may accept up to 15 University Special student credits as fulfillment of the minimum graduate residence, or graduate degree requirements on occasion. This work would not be allowed to count toward the 50% graduate coursework minimum unless taken at the 700 level or above. All requests evaluated on case-by-case basis.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Contact the program for information on any additional required courses.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Contact the program for information on any additional required courses.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

Doctoral students may complete a minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00

Other Grade Requirements

The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.

Other Grade Requirements

The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.

Probation Policy

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School. 

Probation Policy

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School. 

Advisor / Committee

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects them to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

An advisor generally serves as the thesis advisor. In many cases, an advisor is assigned to incoming students. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member, or sometimes a committee, from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies.

A committee often accomplishes advising for the students in the early stages of their studies.

Advisor

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member, or sometimes a committee, from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies. An advisor generally serves as the thesis advisor. In many cases, an advisor is assigned to incoming students. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor. 

To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects the to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

A committee often accomplishes advising for the students in the early stages of their studies.

Assessment and Examinations

Contact the program for information on required assessments and examinations.

Assessment and Examinations

Doctoral students are required to take a comprehensive preliminary/oral examination after they have cleared their record of all Incomplete and Progress grades (other than research and thesis). Deposit of the doctoral dissertation in the Graduate School is required.

Time Constraints

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Time Constraints

Doctoral degree students who have been absent for ten or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

 

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within 5 years after passing the preliminary examination may by require to take another preliminary examination and to be admitted to candidacy a second time.

Language Requirements

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Language Requirements

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