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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2016-17


The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

The Dartmouth Faculty at present offers programs leading to the Ph.D. degree in biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, earth sciences, engineering sciences, health policy and clinical practice, experimental and molecular medicine, genetics, mathematics, microbiology and immunology, pharmacology, physics, physiology, and psychological and brain sciences. (Refer to the Medical School catalog for the program leading to the Doctor of Medicine degree.)

A limited number of students who have done superior work in attaining the Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and who have had an experience in liberal learning comparable to that offered by Dartmouth College will be accepted in these programs. Because of the limited enrollment in each department, it is possible to tailor the academic program to individual needs and to assure each student extensive contact with the faculty. Although the core of the Ph.D. is research and scholarship, the Dartmouth Ph.D. programs in the Arts and Sciences recognize the importance of preparing students for careers in colleges and universities. By example and by program, the faculty gives explicit testimony to this aspect of graduate training.

Ph.D. Teaching Requirement: An essential element of graduate education at Dartmouth is the experience gained in teaching other students, especially for the many students who are pursuing academic careers. Therefore, at least one term of undergraduate teaching is required of all Ph.D. students. For pedagogical reasons, some departments may require that students participate in more than one term of supervised teaching. Each student’s program will be arranged, according to his/her individual needs and interests, in consultation with the faculty advisor and the department. For those departments or programs in which there are no opportunities for supervised teaching, students will fulfill Dartmouth’s supervised teaching requirement by a substitute activity (e.g. tutoring) established by individual departments and approved by the office of Graduate Studies.

The minimum residence requirement for the Ph.D. degree is six terms (two academic years). Course requirements are established by the individual departments. Further information about these programs may be obtained by looking under the offerings of the appropriate department in this Catalog or by writing to the chair of that department.