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Although the emphasis of the doctoral training program is research, every student is expected to have a firm understanding of current concepts, experimental approaches, and recent developments in the fields of microbiology, cell and molecular biology, and molecular genetics. To obtain this foundation, the student is required to complete a core curriculum of graduate courses and to supplement this core with other courses recommended by his/her Advisor and the Advisory Committee.

Three types of courses are required:
A. Formal Core Courses (11 required)
B. Journal Club Course
C. Research and Seminar Courses

* IDSP #111:     Basic Biochemistry: Molecular & Cell Biology #1 (2 cr.)
* IDSP #112:     Basic Biochemistry: Molecular & Cell Biology #2 (2 cr.)
* IDSP #113A:   Basic Biochemistry: Molecular & Cell Biology #3 (1 cr.)

* IDSP #113B:   Basic Biochemistry: Molecular & Cell Biology #4 (1 cr.)
* IDSP #114:     Molecular Signaling (1 cr.)
* IDSP #115:     Molecular Genetics (2 cr.)
* IDSP #116:     Biochemical and Molecular Methods (1 cr.)
* IDSP #117:     Methods in Biomedical Sciences (1 cr.)
* MICRO #297:  Immunology (3 cr.)
* MICRO #276:  General and Molecular Virology (3 cr.)
* MICRO #291:  Bacteriology and Molecular Pathogenesis (3 cr.)
* MICRO #289:  Molecular Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases (3 cr.)

The student must be enrolled and/or participate fully in one journal club course every semester. These courses are not for letter grade.

MICROBIOLOGY #292: Discussions in Advanced Virology (1 cr.)
MICROBIOLOGY #293: Discussions in Advanced Immunology (1 cr.)
MICROBIOLOGY #295: Discussions in Bacteriology (1 cr.)

MICROBIOLOGY #298: Seminar (1 cr; S or U).
MICROBIOLOGY #400: Dissertation Research (1 to 9 cr; S or U)

Minimal requirement is presentation of two library-type seminars, one each in the first and second years, and a yearly research seminar, one per year starting in the Spring semester of the second year.

Credits for Courses: The amount of credit given for the completion of a course is based on the number of lectures or recitations per week for one semester of seventeen weeks. According to the Administrative Procedures of the School of Graduate Studies, effective on July 1, 1987, one credit represents 17 hours of lecture, recitation, and examination. Two hours of laboratory work is considered the equivalent of one lecture or recitation hour. Thus, a 3 credit formal course should consist of at least 51 total contact hours (lectures, discussions, and examinations).

Grades in Coursework: Letter grades (A, B, C, D or F) will be given in most cases in formal courses which are courses that consist of lecture, regularly scheduled class meetings, and written examination(s). Special Topics and Methods courses given for letter grades must be approved in advance by the Curriculum Committee and the Dean. No letter grade may be given for Research, Seminar, or Journal Club courses; these courses are graded as "Satisfactory" and "Unsatisfactory" which are indicated by "S" and "U", respectively.


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