The first emphasis of the doctoral training program will be formal coursework. Every student is expected to have knowledge in and a firm understanding of, current concepts, experimental approaches, and recent developments in the major field of Physiology. To obtain this foundation, the student is required to complete a core curriculum of graduate courses and to supplement this core with other courses recommended by his/her major professor and/or the Advisory Committee.
Students are required to complete 30 graded credit hours.
For individual course schedules, please go to the LSU Health Graduate Studies website.
To receive a graduate degree, a student must have at least a "B" average on all work taken as a graduate student. A student will be dropped from the rolls of the School of Graduate Studies if the student's cumulative average is below a "B" for three (3) consecutive semesters. Credits received in thesis or dissertation research are not used in computing the grade point average. A Summer term is counted as a semester. Students in serious scholastic difficulties may be dropped from the rolls at the end of any semester if the Department and Dean feel that the student is not qualified to continue.
Attendance and Promptness
Students can be dismissed from the graduate program for repeated infractions of our departmental policy regarding on-time attendance for registered coursework. Absences from any Physiology course except seminar will require a 3-page report of the lecture material for the class that you missed, with exceptions granted for a major illness, conference presentation, or death in the family. The report (1-week deadline) is to be single-spaced, with references not included in the 3-page requirement.
Graduate Student Curriculum
Department of Physiology Qualifying Examinations (Written and Oral)
Grant to be written and submitted for pre-doctoral fellowship
Dissertation Research and Allied Health teaching
Grant proposal to be examined by committee if student is not successful in obtaining a predoctoral fellowship.
Year 3 students are required to take PHYSIO 210 and/or PHYSIO 278 if not taken in the previous year.
Field Exam (Test on Dissertation Literature Review)
Final Dissertation Defense/ Department Seminar/ Graduation
*NOTE: Literature Review and Ph.D. Dissertation must be provided to the committee members at least four weeks in advance of these exams.