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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 501Biomedical Communication and Integrity2
IBGS 502Biomedical Information and Statistics2
IBGS 503Biomedical Grant Writing2
IBGS 511Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems I6
IBGS 512Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems II6
IBGS 522Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems II Journal Club2
IBGS 523Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems III Journal Club2
Seminars (all required) 
IBGS 604Introduction to Integrative Biology Presentation Seminar1
IBGS 605Integrative Biology Presentation Seminar 12
IBGS 607Integrated Biomedical Graduate Studies Seminar 10
RELE 525Ethics for Scientists3
RELR 588Personal and Family Wholeness3
RELT 617Seminar in Religion and the Sciences3
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 696Research Rotations (1)2
MICR 697Research (1-7)12
IBGS 699Dissertation (1-5)2-5
Total Units62
Available Electives 
ANAT 507Stem Cell Biology and Medicine4
BCHM 515Introduction to Bioinformatics2
BCHM 544 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry2-4
IBGS 525Translational Research Training2
MICR 537Selected Topics in Molecular Biology 2, 31-3
PHRM 584Drug Metabolism and Biochemical Pharmacology4

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 Ph.D.degree programs.