Students may elect to enter the Department of Physiology & Biophysics for their Ph.D. studies on admission to the Graduate School, or may elect to enter the Department of Physiology & Biophysics anytime during the first year following admission to the Sue Golding Graduate Division of Medical Sciences. Upon selecting the Department of Physiology & Biophysics, the student must fill out a Thesis Laboratory and Departmental Declaration Form. Students may enter laboratory research rotations in other departments before or after entering the Department of Physiology & Biophysics with the consent of their Student Advisory Committee.
Students entering the Department are expected to have passed courses at the college level in mathematics, including calculus, general physics, general biology, general chemistry and organic chemistry. In addition, training or study in physical chemistry, biochemistry, and cell and molecular biology is encouraged. Some requirements may be satisfied after admission to the Graduate Schoolor in the summer before starting the Ph.D. program.
Students enrolled in the M.D.-Ph.D. Program (Medical Scientist Training Program) may elect to study for the Ph.D. portion of their work in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics. Other AECOM M.D. students who are interested in the combined M.D. degree and the Ph.D. degree in Physiology & Biophysics are encouraged to apply for admission to the Sue Golding Graduate Division of Medical Sciences. Students who have completed their course work for the M.D. degree must meet the same academic requirements as students enrolled in the combined M.D. - Ph.D. Program.