Ph.D. Requirements and Curriculum

DEPARTMENT OF MICROBIOLOGY

University of Washington

GRADUATE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PH.D.

 

The requirements listed below are the minimum requirements to be met by all students in the Ph.D. program. The student's supervisory committee may require or recommend additional courses as deemed appropriate, based on the student's background and research plans.

GRADED COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  1. 18 Graded credits are required before taking the General Exam, and a minimum 2.7 grade in each course is required. The Graduate School accepts numerical grades in approved 400-level courses accepted as part of the major, and in all 500-level courses.
  2. Courses amounting to 9 credits must be chosen from the following list.  Students are required to take virology (V) courses equal to at least 3 credits, bacteriology (B) courses equal to at least 3 credits, and biostatistics courses (S) equal to at least 2 credits.  There is no minimum requirement for immunology (I) classes.  If you have never taken immunology, take IMMUN 441 before taking IMMUN 532.  If you have never taken virology, both MICROM 450 and MCB 532 may be of interest.  MCB 532 is not dependent upon MICROM 450.  If you have taken undergraduate virology, choose MCB 532.

Course

Credits

Quarter

 

Instructor

Name

CONJ

557

2

Spring

B

Sokurenko

Microbial Evolution

MICROM

553

3

Spring

B

Mougous/Woodward

Molecular Mechanisms of Bacterial

Pathogenesis

CONJ

549

1.5

Spring

B

Mittler

Population Biology of Microorganisms

CONJ

558

1.5

Winter

B

Harwood

Prokaryotic Biology

MCB

532

3

Autumn (odd years)

V

Emerman

Human Pathogenic Viruses

MICROM

450

3

Winter

V

Champoux

Molecular Biology of Viruses

CONJ

539

1.5

Spring

I

Fuller

Modern Approaches to Vaccines

IMMUN

441

4

Autumn

I

Savan

Introduction to Immunology

IMMUN

532

4

Winter

I

Hammerman

Intersection of Innate and Adaptive Immunity

in Disease

BIOST

511

4

Autumn

S

instructor varies 

Medical Biometry I

UCONJ

510

2

Summer

S

Mancl

Introductory Laboratory Based Biostatistics

  1. The remaining 9 credits can come from additional conjoint (CONJ) courses or other 500-level graduate courses.  Note that the CMB Training Grant requires four CONJ classes.  The following courses were commonly chosen by previous Microbiology students (which doesn’t necessarily make them the best choices!):

Course

Credits

Quarter

Name

CONJ

514

1.5

Winter

Molecular Medicine

CONJ

526

1.5

Winter

Introduction to Systems Biology and Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Sciences

CONJ

537

1.5

Autumn

Mechanism of Transcriptional Regulations

CONJ

544

1.5

Winter

Protein Structure, Modification and Regulation

CONJ

559

1.5

Winter

Scientific Ideas at Work

Additional classes to consider are listed in Appendix 1.  Note that courses change, so verify course details online.  Also investigate the anticipated workload, which varies considerably among graduate classes.  If you are interested in a class that is not on these lists, please petition the Graduate Program and Advising Committee for permission to have it count towards the degree. 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  1. Attending department seminars and journal club is mandatory. Departmental seminars are crucial for contributing to the breadth of student knowledge, while journal club serves to develop oral presentation skills.  There are also research discussion groups that may be required by the student's mentor. Students should register for the appropriate course numbers during each year of graduate school for credit.
  2. While completing the course requirements, students should register for enough MICROM 500 or MICROM 600 to bring their total credits to 10-15 per quarter. When graded credit requirements have been fulfilled, register for MICROM 600 prior to completing the qualifying exam and for MICROM 800 after passing the qualifying exam up to a total of 10 credits per quarter during the academic year and for 2 credits during the summer.
  3. BIOETHICS. All of our students will take either the Biomedical Research Integrity (BRI) series in the first or second summer (register at http://depts.washington.edu/uwbri/front) or Bioethics 101 taught by the Biochemistry Department (register for the Winter Quarter BIOC 533).  
  4. T. A. in at least two lab courses for undergraduates, which is usually satisfied in the first and/or second year.
  5. Give at least two formal lectures in an undergraduate course (third or fourth year).
  6. Be first author on at least one paper related to thesis research, which is published or accepted for publication in refereed journals prior to the thesis defense.

First Year Students (mandatory, not graded)

MICROM

599

2

A

Faculty Research Presentations for 1st year students

 

Throughout Graduate School (mandatory, not graded)

MICROM

520

1

A,W,Sp

Micro Seminar series

MICROM

522

1

A,W,Sp

Journal Club

 

Conditional (mandatory, not graded)

MICROM

500

(var)

A,W,Sp, Su

Lab Rotations. Minimum of 3 quarters. First Year

MICROM

600

(var)

A,W,Sp, Su

Independent Study Lab research.  Prior to passing general exam.

MICROM

800

(var)

A,W,Sp, Su

Doctoral Dissertation.  After passing general exam.

 

GRADUATE SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS

https://grad.uw.edu/policies-procedures/doctoral-degree-policies/doctora...

  1. Completion of a program of study and research as planned by the Graduate Program Coordinator in the student's major department or college and by the Ph.D. Supervisory Committee. At least 18 credits of course work at the 500 level and above must be completed prior to scheduling the General Examination. Note that this includes classes that are not graded (CR/NC).
  2. Presentation of 90 credits, 60 of which must be taken at the University of Washington.
  3. Numerical grades must be received in at least 18 quarter credits of course work taken at the University of Washington prior to scheduling the General Examination. The Graduate School accepts numerical grades in approved 400-level courses accepted as part of the major, and in all 500-level courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for a graduate degree at the University. 
  4. Completion of a total of 60 credits prior to scheduling the General Examination (a master's degree from the UW or another institution may be used as a substitute for 30 of these credits).
  5. Creditable passage of the General Examination. Registration and completion of credits as a graduate student is required the quarter the exam is taken and candidacy is conferred.
  6. The Candidate must register and complete a minimum of 27 credits of dissertation (MICROM 800) over a period of at least three quarters.  At least one quarter must come after the student passes the General Examination. With the exception of summer, when the students take 2 credits, students are limited to a maximum of 10 credits per quarter of dissertation (MICROM 800).
  7. Creditable passage of a Final Examination, which is usually devoted to the defense of the dissertation in the field with which it is concerned. The General and Final Examinations cannot be scheduled during the same quarter. Registration and completion of credit as a graduate student is required the quarter the exam is taken AND the degree is conferred.
  8. Preparation of and acceptance by the Dean of the Graduate School of a dissertation that is a significant contribution to knowledge and clearly indicates training in research.
  9. Completion of all work for the doctoral degree within ten years. This includes quarters spent On-Leave or out of status as well as applicable work from the master's degree from the University of Washington or a master's degree from another institution, if used to substitute for 30 credits of enrollment.
  10. Registration and completion of credits as a full- or part-time graduate student at the University for the quarter in which the degree is conferred (see detailed information under Final Quarter Registration).

TRAINING GRANTS

All U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to apply for training grants.  A list of available Training Grants can be found at http://blogs.uw.edu/tgrants/graduate-students/.  The CMB training grant in particular requires completion of 4 conjoint (CONJ) courses. Most conjoint courses or modules are 1.5 credits and meet for half of a quarter (5-6 weeks).  Normally students register for 2 modules per quarter although other configurations are possible.

APPENDIX 1:  Other Courses

The following courses are not specifically recommended; however, they may be of interest to Microbiology graduate students.  Keep in mind that we try to keep this list accurate; however, departmental offerings change from year to year.  And, the quarter in which courses are offered, especially conjoints, can vary.  Note that the categories are based on the course title rather than a thorough review of the syllabus.

BIOCHEMISTRY CLASSES:

Dept

Number

Title

Credits

A

W

Sp

Su

B STR

515

Biological X-Ray Structure Analysis

3

 

X

   

B STR

519

Current Problems in Macromolecular Structure

2

   

X

 

B STR

520

Structure Based Design of Drugs

3

 

X

   

B STR

590

Electron Cryo-Microscopy of Biological Macromolecules and Complexes

3

X

 

X

 

BIOC

440

Biochemistry

4

X

     

BIOC

441

Biochemistry

4

 

X

   

BIOC

442

Biochemistry

4

   

X

 

BIOC

530

Introduction to Structural Biology

3

X

     

BIOC

540*

Literature Review

2

X

     

BIOC

541*

Literature Review

2

 

X

   

BIOC

542*

Literature Review

2

   

X

 

CONJ

545

Molecular Interactions and Medicine

1.5

   

X

 

GENOME

540

Introduction to Computational Molecular Biology:

Genome and Protein Sequence Analysis

4

 

X

   

GENOME

555**

Protein Technology

1.5

   

X

 

MEDCH

541

Biological Mass Spectrometry

3

   

X

 

CELL BIOLOGY CLASSES:

Dept

Number

Title

Credits

A

W

Sp

Su

CONJ

524

Structural Basis of Signal Transduction

1.5

 

X

   

CONJ

530

Directing Stem Cells Toward Regenerative Medicine

3

   

X

 

CONJ

531

Signaling Mechanisms in Excitable Cells

1.5

X

     

CONJ

532

Signal Transduction from the Cell Membrane to the Nucleus

1.5

X

     

CONJ

533

The Dynamic Chromosome

1.5

X

     

CONJ

542

Development

1.5

X

     

CONJ

583

Molecular Targets in Cancer Therapy

1.5

X

     

GENOME

551**

Principles of Gene Regulation

1.5

 

X

   

MCB

539

Biological Basis of Neoplasia

3

   

X

 

MCB

543

Logic Constructs and Methodologies of Biological Research

3

   

X

 

COMMUNICATING SCIENCE AND COMMERCIALIZATION:

Dept

Number

Title

Credits

A

W

Sp

Su

BIOEN

504

Introduction to Technology Commercialization

4

X

     

CONJ

512

Scientific Speaking Seminar

1.5

 

X

   

GENETICS:

Dept

Number

Title

Credits

A

W

Sp

Su

GENOME

541

Introduction to Computational Molecular Biology: Molecular Evolution

4

   

X

 

GENOME

552**

Technologies for Genome Analysis

1.5

X

     

GENOME

553**

Advanced Genetic Analysis

1.5

X

     

GENOME

559

Introduction to Statistical and Computational Genomics

3

 

X

   

GENOME

565

Advanced Human Genetics

4

 

X

 

 

GENOME

570

Phylogenetic Inference (every other year)

3

 

X

   

MCB

533

Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics

3

   

X

 

IMMUNOLOGY, MEDICINE, and PATHOGENESIS:

Dept

Number

Title

Credits

A

W

Sp

Su

IMMUN

537

Immunological Methods

1.5

X

     

IMMUN

538

Immunological Based Diseases and Treatments

2

   

X

 

IMMUN

550

Selected Topics in Immunology

1

X

X

X

 

CONJ

504

Topics of Molecular Medicine

1.5

   

X

 

MICROM

555

Advanced Clinical Microbiology

2.5

X

X

X

 

MOLMED

540

Medicine in Action

1.5

X

X

X

 

EPI

529

Emerging Infections of International Public Health Importance

3

       

G H

560

Principles of STD/HIV Research

3

     

X

G H

566

Biochemistry and Genetics of Pathogens and Their Hosts

4

X

     

MEDCH

561

Immunizing and Antimicrobial Agents

4

   

X

 

PABIO

552

Cell Biology of Human Pathogens and Disease

4

 

X

   

* These classes are primarily for Biochemistry graduate students, who take them as a cohort.  Microbiology students can take them with permission of the instructor.

** These are smaller Genome Sciences class, so registration may be difficult.

 

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