Course Requirements

For students entering the Cell and Developmental Biology department from the MSTP program, the Graduate School permits a transfer of up to 48 credit hours for the first two years of medical school, toward a total of the 72 total required hours for a Ph.D. degree. Incoming MSTP students begin their G1 year with the equivalent of 16 didactic credits toward the requirement of 24 didactic hours. 

Starting the next fall semester, CDB graduate students take Cell Biology (CBIO 8310) (see chart below). Attendance and participation in two departmental seminar series,  Seminar in Cell Biology (CBIO 8330) and Research Seminar REx (CBIO 8339) are also required in the fall and spring semesters.  In addition to these courses, students entering CDB from the IGP must earn an additional 4 didactic credits in their second year of study from elective courses offered by any department.  Additional course requirements for MSTP students in the CDB Graduate Program are provided in the MSTP Handbook. A minimum GPA of 3.0, or a B average, must be maintained by all CDB students in all formal course work.

After earning 24 didactic credits, students are eligible to take their qualifying examination.

Detailed information about earning a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology can be found in the CDB Graduate Program guidelines and procedures.

Additional information about graduate study at Vanderbilt can be obtained from the Vanderbilt Graduate School and the Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET).

  Total Credits Didactic Credits
Year 1 - IGP - Bioregulation 16 16
Year 1 Summer Semester    
CBIO-GS 8999 - PhD Dissertation Research 12  
Year 2 Fall Semester    
CBIO-GS 8310 - Cell Biology 3 3
CBIO-GS 8339 - Research Seminar (REx) 1  
CBIO-GS 8330 - Seminar in Cell Biology 1  
CBIO-GS 8999 - PhD Dissertation Research 7  
Year 2 - Spring Semester    
CBIO-GS 8330 - Seminar in Cell Biology 1 1
CBIO-GS 8339 - Research Seminar (REx) 1  
Electives 4 4
CBIO-GS 8999 - PhD Dissertation Research 6  
Total Credits at End of Year 52 24
Year 3 and 4 - CBIO 8999/9999 @ 12 credits/semester 20  
Total Credits Needed for Graduation 72 24