Curriculum

  • Screening Procedure
    A screening procedure will be offered twice each year for qualified students. It must be taken prior to the completion of 24 units at the 500-level or higher. The purpose of the screening procedure is to assess the progress of the Ph.D. student since admission and to determine whether that progress is sufficient to continue in the Ph.D. program. Passing the procedure is a prerequisite for continuation in the Ph.D. program.

    Course Requirements
    A minimum of 60 units is required for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.


    Required
    Course Work
    # of Units
    Neurobehavioral Basis of Movement
    4
    Musculoskeletal and Biomechanical Basis of Movement
    4
    Physiological Basis of Voluntary Movement
    4
    Research
    1-12
    Doctoral Dissertation
    a-d (2)-z(0)
         
    INTD 500* Ethics and Accountability in Biomedical Research 1
         
    PM 510L** Principles of Biostatistics 4
     
    PM 511aL** Data Analysis 4

    *Or equivalent graduate ethics course.

    **Or equivalent graduate level statistics.

    Note: Two (2) graduate courses in statistics and one (1) graduate course in ethics are required.


    Ph.D. students must complete three core courses (BKN 550, BKN 551, BKN 552) before participating in the screening procedure. Substituting a course for one of the core courses may be allowed after receiving approval from the Biokinesiology Committee prior to the beginning of the course.

    Other course requirements (to complete 60 units) will vary according to the specific needs of each student. Course work other than Divisional offerings is encouraged and may be required by the student’s guidance committee.

    Foreign Language Requirement
    There is no foreign language requirement.

    Guidance Committee
    Upon successful completion of the screening examination, the student and major advisor will select a guidance committee for continuing course work and independent study. The guidance committee comprises five members: 3-4 faculty from the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy (one of whom serves as the committee chair) and 1-2 faculty members from outside of the Division.

    The guidance committee will recommend course work, independent study, and readings in the major and cognate areas.

    Qualifying Examination
    The Ph.D. qualifying examination is offered during the fall or spring semesters. The qualifying examination focuses on the student’s ability to demonstrate knowledge in the major academic area chosen and its relation to other areas of study offered in the Division. The qualifying examination has both written and oral components. A student failing any part of the examination may be given one more opportunity to pass the failed portion of the exam at the discretion of the guidance committee, as falls within the regulations of the Graduate School governing the repetition of qualifying examinations.

    Dissertation Committee
    Once the qualifying examination has been passed and dissertation topic approved, the guidance committee will then be referred to as the dissertation committee and may be reduced from 5 members to 3, upon unanimous recommendation to the dean of graduate studies. One of the three members must be from outside the major Division. The chair of the dissertation committee will be the principal research advisor.

    Dissertation and Oral Defense
    An acceptable dissertation based on original investigation is required. The dissertation must show the technical mastery of a special field, capacity for independent research, and scholarly ability. The dissertation and the defense must have the unanimous approval of the dissertation committee. The dissertation should be completed within three years of the approved date of proposal.