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Ph.D Requirements

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

Required background courses (generally satisfied prior to entry into the graduate program):

  • A one year course in biochemistry (equiv. to UW BIOC 440, 441, and 442,)
  • A course in classical and molecular genetics (equiv. to UW GENOME 371 and /or 372)
  • A course in general microbiology (equiv. to UW MICROM 410)
  • A course in medical microbiology and basic immunology is recommended for those considering research in the area of medical microbiology or virology

Course requirements after entry into program (The Graduate School requires a minimum of 18 graded credits, most of which will be fulfilled by the courses listed below):

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.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

1) 18 Graded credits are required before taking the General Exam.

2) Courses amounting to nine credits must be chosen from the following list. Students are required to take virology courses equal to three credits, and bacteriology courses equal to 3 credits.


CONJ 549 (1.5) Population Biology of Microorganisms (Spring 2013)
CONJ 557 (1.5) Microbial Evolution (Spring 2013)
CONJ 558 (1.5) Prokaryotic Biology (Offered Winter 2013)
GENOME 576 (1.5) Genetic Analysis of Bacteria
IMMUN 441 (4) Introduction to Immunology (Offered every Autumn)
IMMUN 532 (4) Advanced Immunology (Offered every Winter)
MCB/FHC 532 (3) Human Pathogenic Viruses (Offered alt years, Autumn 2012)
MICROM 450 (3) Molecular Biology of Viruses (Offered every Winter)
MICROM 500 (var) Lab Rotations. Minimum of 3 quarters (Offered every quarter) (not graded)
MICROM 520 (1) Micro Seminar series or attendance at Fred Hutchinson seminars. (Offered Autumn, Winter, Spring) (not graded)
MICROM 522 (1) Journal Club. (Offered Autumn, Winter, Spring). Taken every quarter. (not graded)
MICROM 553 (3) Molecular Mechanisms of Bacterial Path. (Offered alt. years, Autumn 2013)
MICROM 599 (2) Faculty Research Presentations for 1st year students (Offered Autumn) (not graded)
MICROM 600 (var) Independent Study Lab research (Offered every quarter) (not graded)
MICROM 800 (var) Doctoral Dissertation (Offered every quarter) (not graded)

3) It is recommended that students take additional conjoint (CONJ) courses or choose one or more of the Genome Sciences (GENOME) modules. (Genome Science courses can't be used toward the MCB Training Grant requirements).


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

4) Attend department seminars, journal club, and research discussion groups. Students should register for the appropriate course numbers for credit.

5) BIOETHICS 101. Biochem/Microm series, which includes 6 lectures (Offered Winter). All of our students will take this class, and only those students who are awarded a position on the CMB Training grant will be required to take the Biomedical Research Integrity (BRI) series as per the training grant requirements.

6) T. A. in at least two lab courses for undergraduates, which is usually satisfied in the first and/or second year.

7) Topics and General Exam. 18 graded credits are required before taking the general exam. A mimimum 2.7 grade in each course is also required. The Graduate School's requirements are listed below.

8) Give at least two formal lectures in an undergraduate course (third or fourth year).

9) 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.


10) GRADUATE SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS

Completion of a program of study and research as planned by the Graduate Program Coordinator in the student's major department or college and the Supervisory Committee.

Presentation of 90 credits, 60 of which must be taken at the University of Washington.

At least 18 credits of course work at the 500 level and above must be completed prior to scheduling the General Examination.

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.

Completion 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).

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for a graduate degree at the University.

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.

The Candidate must register and complete a minimum of 27 credits of dissertation 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, students are limited to a maximum of 10 credits per quarter of dissertation (800).

Creditable passage of a Final Examination, which is usually devoted to the defense of the dissertation and 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.  

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. 

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.

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).

A student must satisfy the requirements that are in force at the time the degree is to be awarded.


11) TRAINING GRANT
All U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to apply.

Four Conjoint courses totaling six credits

CONJ. 524, 526, 531, 532, 533, 534, 537, 539, 541, 542, 544, 545, (546 Micro), (548 Micro), (549 Micro), 551, 552, (557 Micro), (558 Micro). Each conjoint course or module is equivalent to 1.5 credits (5-6 weeks), and normally students register for 2 modules per quarter although other configurations are possible. (Students planning to apply to the Molecular and Cell Biology Training Grant are required to complete 6 credits of conjoint courses from the selection listed above).


Faculty Research Presentations for 1st year students: MICROM 599 (2 credits), (Offered every Autumn)

Lab Rotation: MICROM 500, minimum of 3 quarters

Journal Club: MICROM 522, Continuous enrollment

Seminar: Microbiology 520 seminar series or attendance at Fred Hutchinson seminars. Students at the Hutch are also encouraged to attend the Micro seminars. To be taken every quarter unless a conflict with teaching exists.

Research Discussion Groups: To be taken every quarter. Students should register for the appropriate course number for credit.

Additional requirements:

T. A. in at least two lab courses for undergraduates (usually satisfied in the first and/or second year).

Give at least two formal lectures in an undergraduate course (third or fourth year).

Be first author on multiple papers related to thesis research which are published or accepted for publication in refereed journals. Under some circumstances, one first-author publication would satisfy this requirement.

Revised 07/17/2012


 



 

 



 

 

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