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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


Cancer Biology (CNB)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 26.0911
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 96
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 96

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology Department (BIO)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue MRC4072
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Kenneth Wright
Phone: 813-745-3918
Email: Ken.Wright@moffitt.org

Website: http://www.cancerbiology.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

The Cancer Biology Major consists of interdisciplinary training in multiple fields emphasizing the facets which impact cancer. This will prepare students to enter the emerging new technological workforce required to implement biomedical advances that will have a key impact on global health and yield significant societal advantages.

The Major is a joint endeavor between the Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida. Tremendous advances in the detection and treatment of cancer has occurred through basic research and translational medicine, yet cancer continues to adversely affect millions of people worldwide in terms of quality of life, life span, and economic burden. The Moffitt Cancer Center located at the University of South Florida is a leading institution of basic research, clinical research, and patient treatment with a focused mission "to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer." The Moffitt Cancer Center is officially designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

The Cancer Biology Ph.D. Major's goal is to train the next generation of cancer researchers. Studies of cancer require specific knowledge in multiple fields that have traditionally been independent. Our Cancer Biology Ph.D. Major emulates the Moffitt Cancer Center and eliminates these boundaries. Students receive cancer oriented training in multiple areas include: molecular biology, immunology, functional genomics, bioinformatics, drug discovery & development, cancer genetics, cancer prevention & control, cancer therapeutics, cell biology, biochemistry, and proteomics. The Program requires a minimum of 96 graduate hours as specified in the degree program requirements irrespective of whether a student holds a bachelor's or a master's degree upon admission.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: December 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Extensive background in field of biology or chemistry
  • GRE required for full consideration
  • Advanced coursework and research experience preferred

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 96 credit hours
Core Courses 12 hours
Other Required Courses 12 hours
Additional Rrequirements 14 hours
Dissertation 24 hours
Other Requirements 34 hours

All students are required to successfully complete the Cancer Biology Major Core Courses. Dissertation Committees may require students to take additional course work if needed to correct deficiencies. In special circumstances the Cancer Biology Education Committee can waive course requirements, if the student has recently completed identical coursework elsewhere. Students are required to achieve a minimum GPA of B in all Cancer Biology Core courses and an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) in order to remain in good standing.

Stipends
All Cancer Biology Ph.D. students in good standing will receive a highly competitive stipend. Please visit the Program's website for current stipend levels. All students also receive student health insurance coverage and direct payment in full of all required tuition and required fees.

Required Core Courses 12 hours
PCB 6230 Basics of Molecular Oncology3
PCB 6932Bioethics for Cancer Researchers1
PCB 6930Current Topics in Oncology8

Other Required Courses 8 hours
BCS 6939Selected Topics in Cancer Drug Discovery3
BSC 6457Cancer Research Techniques2
CHM 6263Advanced Organic Chemistry: Physical Organic Chemistry3

Electives 3 Hours
CHM 6250Advanced Organic Chemistry: Synthesis3
BCH 6746Structural Biology3

Additional Requirements:15 hours
PCB 6910 Cancer Laboratory Rotations1-3
BSC 7911 Directed Research4-8
BCS 6939 Selected Topics in Advances in Cancer Chemical Biology and Cancer Res.4-12

Qualifying Exam
The required qualifying exam consists of a written research proposal and an oral defense of the proposal by the student.

Dissertation24 hours
BSC 7980Dissertation
Prior to the dissertation defense, students must have an original first-author research report accepted for publication in a peer reviewed scientific journal.

Other Requirements34 hours
Remaining credit hours required to meet the 96 hour minimum for graduation will consist of additional Dissertation hours (BSC7980), Selected Topics in Cancer (BCS6939), and/or Program approved electives.

During the first year, students will be required to complete laboratory rotations according to their interest. Laboratory rotations are 10 weeks each. Students doing rotations will need to enroll in the laboratory rotation course. If a student has not chosen a major professor after two semesters, they may enroll in an additional summer rotation. Rotations have several purposes. The foremost is to help the students choose a compatible major professor and an exciting research project. A second purpose is for students to develop necessary technical skills. Students will be evaluated by the host professor and the Graduate Advisor will assign a grade to each student at the end of the semester.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

BSC6056, PCB6230, PCB6231, PCB6910, BSC7911, PCB6931, PCB6930, BSC6939, BSC7980,