Students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of coursework, plus 3 credit hours of seminar, 6 credit hours of research and 9 credit hours of doctoral dissertation. Students who are admitted directly after a B.S degree will be required to fulfill the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology M.S. core curriculum by completing an additional 9 credit hours as prerequisites (for a total of 24 coursework credits) in the following areas: Database Systems, Statistics, and Introduction to Discipline. In addition, if students entering the program with an M.S. degree are lacking equivalent prerequisites, they also will be required to complete courses in these three areas; however, these courses may fulfill the elective requirement in the Ph.D. program, if approved in the program of study. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and courses with a grade of C or below will not be counted towards the degree.