Ph.D. Recommended Course of Study in Microbiology

 

Semester 1 - (BDSP) Fall (taken by all 1st yr students) Credits
BIOC 503 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology 5
BIOC 691-802 Critical Thinking (or other journal club) 1
IBMS 600 Laboratory Safety 1
IBMS 610 Research Opportunities 0.5
IBMS 620 Laboratory Rotations 2
IBMS 690 Research Seminar [Can be substituted by MICR 690] 1
MICR515 Principals of Molecular Microbiology 3

 

Semester 2 - BDSP - SpringCredits
BIOC 691-802 Critical Thinking (or other journal club) 1
IBMS 620 Laboratory Rotations 4
MICR/BIOC 504 Biochem. Mol. Cell Biol. 5
IBMS 690 Basic Health Science Research Seminar or
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars 
1
MICR 616 Mechanisms of Viral& Parasit Pathogenesis  3
MICR 618 Molecular Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis 3

Note:
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 required to continue
Permanent Advisor Chosen after rotations completed
 
Summer (ENTER MICRO/IMMUNO) Credits
MICR 697 Directed Research 3-6

 

Year 2: Semester 3 FallCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits)  
OVPR 601 Scientific Integrity 1
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars 1
MICR 692 Current Topics in Pathogenesis 1

 

Year 2: Semester 4 SpringCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits)  
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars 1
MICR686 Advanced Immunology  3

Proposal Preparation/Written Exam - should have completed 40 credit hours
(exclusive of research hours) - 75 credits
 
Summer Credits
MICR 697 Directed Research 3-6

 

Year 3: Semester 5 FallCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits)  
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars 1
MICR 692 Current Topics in Pathogenesis  1

 

 Oral examination (should be completed within 6 months of written examination)

Year 3: Semester 6 SpringCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits)  
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars  1

 

Summer Credits
MICR 697 Directed Research 3-6

 

Year 4: Semester 7 FallCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits)  
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars  1
MICR 692 Current Topics in Pathogenesis  1

 

Year 4: Semester 8 SpringCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits)  
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars 1

 

Summer Credits
MICR 697 Directed Research 3-6

 

Year 5: FallCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits)  
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars 1
MICR 692 Current Topics in Pathogenesis   1

 

Year 5: SpringCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits)  
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars  1

 

Summer Credits
MICR 697 Directed Research 3-6

 

Total credits:     84

Graduate Formal Coursework -  202

Core - 44.5

Electives -    15

Directed Research - minimum of 143 hours (additional credit hours may be necessary)

 


Department of Microbiology and Immunology Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Medical Center