Curriculum

Students that enroll in the program must complete 34 credit hours with at least a "B" average in order to graduate. For each laboratory rotation, students must have their mentor fill out their Lab Rotation Form. Following the completion of requisite coursework, students must pass a series of Comprehensive Examinations before continuing on to the Thesis Research portion of their curriculum. You may find a Printable Curriculum here.

* Georgetown University Medical Center offers numerous elective courses in Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, Epidemiology, Biodefense, and Science Policy.

First Year 

Summer 

  • MICB-985 Laboratory Rotation Summer [0 credits]

Fall 

  • BCHB-501 (Section 1) Biochemical & Cellular Sciences [4 credits] 
  • BCHB-528 Modern Methods in Molecular Biology [3 credits] 
  • MICB-612 Immunology [3 credits] 
  • MICB-614 Bacteriology and Mycology [3 credits] 
  • MICB-986 Laboratory Rotation Fall [0 credits] 

Spring 

  • CBIO-539 Molecular Cell Biology [4 credits] 
  • MICB-619 Biology/Biochemistry of Viruses [3 credits] 
  • MICB-629 Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis [3 credits] 
  • NSCI-532 Survival Skills & Ethics for Scientists [2 credits] 
  • Electives [3 credits] 
  • MICB-987 Laboratory Rotation Spring [0 credits] 

Second Year 

Summer 

  • MICB-985 Laboratory Rotation Summer [0 credits] 

Fall 

  • PBIO - 504 Biostatistics [3 credits]
  • Electives [3 or 4 credits] 
  • MICB-999 Section 03 Thesis Research [0 credits] 
  • Written qualifying and oral comprehensive examinations

Spring 

  • MICB-999 Section 01 Thesis Research [0 credits]
    Please note that all Ph.D. students who completed their coursework and are about to/have not yet taken their comprehensive exams must register for MICB-999 Section 01. The only time Ph.D. students ever register for MICB-999 Section 03 is if you are still continuing your coursework and need to be at full-time status. 

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Additional Degree Requirements: 

  1. Attendance and participation in Departmental Seminar Series. 
  2. Two to three research rotations with Microbiology & Immunology research faculty.