For BBSP Students

Basic List of Courses (numbers in parentheses are credit hours)

Fall Semester:

  • MCRO 614 – Immunobiology (3) and 792
  • MCRO 792 -  Directed Readings for Immunobiology (1) For students thinking about joining MCRO.
  • MCRO 630 – Virology (3)
  • MCRO 635 – Microbial Pathogenesis (prokaryotes) (3)
  • MCRO 701 – Seminar in MCRO (Department & Student Seminars) (1)
  • MCRO 711 – Seminar/Tutorial in Virology (var)
  • MCRO 712 – Seminar/Tutorial in Immunology (var)
  • MCRO 795 – Research Concepts (2) (Majors only)

Spring Semester:

  • MCRO 640 – Microbial Pathogenesis (virus) (3)
  • MCRO 701 – Seminar in MCRO (Department & Student Seminars) (1)
  • MCRO 710 – Seminar/Tutorial in Prokaryotic Molecular Biology (var)
  • MCRO 712 – Seminar/Tutorial in Immunology (var)

Other electives commonly taken by students interested in Microbiology & Immunology:

  • GNET 631 – Advanced Molecular Biology I (3) - Fall
  • GNET 632 – Advanced Molecular biology II (3) - Spring
  • CBIO 643 – Cell Biology I (Cell Structure, Signaling, and Growth Control) (3) - Fall

The course requirements for Microbiology & Immunology are a minimum of six graduate level courses in relevant subjects. At least two of the six must be seminar/tutorials. At least one of the seminar/tutorials must be MCRO 710, 711, or 712. Because the topics change every year, MCRO 710, 711, and 712 can be taken more than once for credit. The second seminar/tutorial class can be MCRO 710, 711, 712 or (if approved by the Director of Graduate Studies) a class from another department that is primarily based on reading and critical analysis of the scientific literature. Students usually complete four of their six classes during their first year in BBSP. When planning how to meet our course requirements, note that virtually all Microbiology & Immunology students take MCRO 795 in their second year even though it is not specifically required. After joining the department, students are also required to take MCRO 701  every semester.

Students act as Teaching Assistants for two semesters (typically one each in the second and third years) in courses approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
The next page contains sample course sequences for students with differing degrees of certainty during their first year about joining the Microbiology & Immunology program.

For more detailed information about courses and the Microbiology & Immunology Ph.D. program, please visit the "Graduate Program" section of this website. If you have additional questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Bob Bourret, or Dixie, the Student Services Manager.

For students interested in the Microbiology and Immunology Ph.D. program in year one:

FIRST YEAR: BBSP

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  • MCRO 614/792, 630, 631, 635, 643 (choose two)

  • BBSP 902 (First Year Group)

  • Rotation

  • MCRO 632, 640, 644  (choose two or choose one and 1 elective)

  • BBSP 902 (First Year Group)

  • Rotations

For students not sure about joining Microbiology and Immunology until after joining a Ph.D. lab:

FIRST YEAR: BBSP

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  • MCRO 614, 630 or 635

  • Elective

  • BBSP 902 (First Year Group)

  • Rotation

  • MCRO 640 or an elective

  • Elective

  • BBSP 902 (First Year Group)

  • Rotations

For All student after joing the Microbiology and Immunology Ph.D. program

Summer (join the Microbiology and Immunology program)

  • Dissertation Research

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  • MCRO 711 or 712 as needed to complete seminar/tutorial requirement)

  • MCRO 795 (scientific writing)

  • MCRO 614/792, 630, or 635 (electives if needed to complete six course requirements or to fulfill professional interests)

  • MCRO 701

  • TAship  (option 1)

  • Dissertation research

  • MCRO 710 or 712 as needed to complete seminar/tutorial requirement)MCRO 702

  • MCRO 640 (elective if needed to complete six course r

  • MCRO 702

  • Doctoral Written Exam

  • TAship (option 2)

  • Dissertation research

THIRD YEAR

  • Doctoral oral exam

  • MCRO 701

  • MCRO 711, 712 (optional to fulfill professional interests)

  • TAship (option 3)

  • Dissertation research

  • MCRO 701

  • MCRO 710 or 712 (optional to fulfill professional interests)

  • TAship  (option 4)

  • Dissertation research