Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy & Cell Biology (Ph.D.)
The Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy and Cell Biology is to prepare men and women to serve as teaching faculty in universities and medical and professional schools.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Create and deliver professional lectures in anatomy & cell biology.
- Critically evaluate the literature of the discipline and report their findings to a scientific audience.
- Conduct original research that adds to the knowledge base of the discipline.
- Defend ethical decisions in biomedicine using the Biblical worldview
Program Specific Admission Procedures
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy and Cell Biology program must have:
- B.S. or M.S. in biomedical sciences related field from an accredited university. (Degrees in biology, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, biopsychology, etc.)
- Official college transcript documenting the minimum GPA requirement. Minimum GPA for the program is 3.00.
- Students must submit one of the following tests with a minimum score (This requirement is waived if student has an M.S. in a biomedical sciences related field.)
- MCAT: above or equal to the 60th percentile or Conferred MS GPA of 3.0 or higher
- GRE: above a 300 combined verbal and quantitative or Conferred MS GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Three faculty/professional recommendations documenting the ability of the student to pursue doctoral level work submitted electronically.
- Personal statement describing career goals, prior experience and motivation for pursuing a Ph.D., Christian commitment and origins views. (100-1500 words)
- Successful candidates are expected to have prior research experience but it is not required.
Students may transfer up to 39 hours of graduate course work from an accredited institution. In order to be eligible for transfer, course work must have a minimum grade of B-, and must have been completed in the past 5 years. Non-transferable course are as followed:
|BIOM 700||Anatomy & Cell Biology Seminar||1|
|BIOM 710||Anatomy & Cell Biology Teaching Practicum||1|
|BIOM 750||Research Rotation||1|
|BIOM 889||Dissertation Research||1-9|
|BIOM 890||Dissertation Defense||1|
Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.
- Satisfactory completion of 96 hours.
- A maximum of 39 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
- 3.00 GPA
- No grades lower than B- may be applied to the degree.
- Degree must be completed within 5 years.
- Students who earn more than two grades of C+/C/C- or more than one grade of D+ or lower will be subject to administrative dismissal from the program.
- Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.
Delivery Format: Residential Only
- Anatomy professor
- Biomedical research scientist
- Cadaver dissection instructor for college, graduate, or medical school
- Cellular biologist
- Molecular biologist
Faculty and students will present and discuss papers from the literature on a topic in anatomy & cell biology. This course is required to be repeated eight times with different faculty and different topics.
Advanced students will develop teaching skills through involvement teaching laboratory or lecture courses. Students may assist faculty in undergraduate, masters or medical school courses. This course is required to be successfully repeated six times but only twice for the same practicum.
Guided research with a faculty member from the Anatomy & Cell Biology Ph.D. program. Students will learn a variety of experimental techniques and apply them. Students will complete a poster or oral presentation highlighting the results obtained. This course is required to be successfully repeated two - three times with different faculty members.
Prerequisite: BIOM 750
Students will design and carry out independent research that expands knowledge. May be repeated until successful defense of the dissertation.
Prerequisite: BIOM 889
Students will publicly defend the dissertation research project.