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  
Immunology 3  
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
Total Units 62
Available Electives  
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

Noncourse requirements

  • 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 programs.