For the Ph.D. degree, students must complete a minimum of 60 units—as detailed in the table below—and must maintain a G.P.A. of at least 3.0. Students must adhere to all University and program policies as published in the Student Handbook, University CATALOG, or "Student Guide." Policies and requirements are subject to change.
|Basic science core|
|IBGS 501||Biomedical Communication and Integrity||2|
|IBGS 502||Biomedical Information and Statistics||2|
|IBGS 503||Biomedical Grant Writing||2|
|IBGS 511||Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems I||6|
|IBGS 512||Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems II||6|
|IBGS 522||Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems II Journal Club||2|
|IBGS 523||Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems III Journal Club||2|
|Seminars (all required)|
|IBGS 604||Introduction to Integrative Biology Presentation Seminar||1|
|IBGS 605||Integrative Biology Presentation Seminar 1||2|
|IBGS 607||Integrated Biomedical Graduate Studies Seminar 1||0|
|RELE 525||Ethics for Scientists||3|
|RELR 588||Personal and Family Wholeness||3|
|RELT 617||Seminar in Religion and the Sciences||3|
|Program specific courses|
|Choose from the following:||12|
|Introductory Flow Cytometry 3|
|Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics|
|Medical Microbiology 2|
|Physiology and Molecular Genetics of Microbes 2|
|Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis 2|
|Special Problems in Microbiology|
|Independent Study in Microbiology Literature (2-4)|
|IBGS 696||Research Rotations (1)||2|
|MICR 697||Research (1-7)||12|
|IBGS 699||Dissertation (1-5)||2-5|
|ANAT 507||Stem Cell Biology and Medicine||4|
|BCHM 515||Introduction to Bioinformatics||2|
|BCHM 544||Advanced Topics in Biochemistry||2-4|
|IBGS 525||Translational Research Training||2|
|MICR 537||Selected Topics in Molecular Biology 2, 3||1-3|
|PHRM 584||Drug Metabolism and Biochemical Pharmacology||4|
Registration and attendance required every quarter in residence, but units do not count toward total required for graduation.
Must take at least 3 units of course work with a clear microbiology focus.
Must take at least 3 units with a clear immunology focus.
- pass both written and oral comprehensive examinations in order to advance to candidacy.
- successfully defend the dissertation before their guidance committee prior to being awarded the Ph.D. degree.
Normal time to complete the program
Five (5) years— based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted
See the comparison of the M.S. and Ph.D.degree programs.