Course Schedule | PhD in Microbiology & Immunology

In addition to the requirements listed for each semester, students are required to attend and participate in the Departmental Seminar Series (MICB 852) for all semesters.

Year 1


Summer 1

Course NameCredit(s)
MICB-985: Laboratory Rotation Summer0 (Pass/Fail)
Total 0 Credits

Fall 1

Course NameCredit(s)
BCHB 501: Biochemical & Cellular Sciences 4
BCHB 528: Modern Methods in Molecular Biology3
MICB 612: Immunology3
MICB 614: Bacteriology and Mycology 3
MICB 986: Laboratory Rotation Fall 0 (Pass/Fail)
Total 13 Credits

Spring 1

Course NameCredit(s)
CBIO 539: Molecular Cell Biology4
MICB 619: Biology/Biochemistry of Viruses 3
MICB 629: Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis 3
MICB 987: Laboratory Rotation Spring 0 (Pass/Fail)
NSCI 532: Survival Skills & Ethics for Scientists 2
Elective 13
Total 15 Credits

Year 2


Course NameCredit(s)
NSCI 599: Practical Data Anal & Exp Design 1.5
MICB 999: Thesis Research 0
Elective 2 & 34.5 or more
Total 6 Credits
Additional Checklist
  • Written qualifying and comprehensive examinations to be passed by Year 2, Spring Semester.
  • In order to maintain the required full-time status, Ph.D. students who have completed their coursework but have not yet taken their comprehensive exams must register for MICB-999 Section 01. Students with at least one, but less than 9 credits of coursework, must register for MICB-999 Section 03.

Year 3+ until Graduation


  • Full-time Thesis Research
  • Meeting with the Thesis Committee
  • Completion of Degree