Microbiology Graduate Course Offerings


During your first semester, you will take two core courses (MCB 501 and MCB 502) designed to provide a strong background in cell physiology, biochemistry, and genetics. Subsequent coursework is selected to complement your interests and area of research.

Courses in the Department of Microbiology are designed to give you a broad and thorough background in cell physiology, biochemistry, bacterial diversity, and genetics. Below is a list of course requirements in the Ph.D. program:

First Year

  • All students need to take the MCB core courses, MCB 501 and 502.

Second – Fifth Years

  • All students need to take MCB 580 ("Research Ethics and Responsibilities") prior to graduation. It is strongly recommended that this course be taken in the fall semester of the second year of graduate school.
  • All students need to take MICR 595 ("Microbiology Graduate Seminar") every semester. This course is a seminar-series based course. Students should attend all departmental seminars (Thursdays at 4 p.m.) and all student seminars (Tuesdays at 4 p.m.). Students are strongly encouraged to attend all Training Grant seminars (4-5 per year) and all School of MCB Distinguished Lectures (4-5 per year).
  • All students need to take 12 credit hours of 400-500 level microbiology courses and 3 credit hours of MICR 590 graduate discussion courses that are associated with these courses. Other 400-500 level courses outside Microbiology may be substituted if this is approved by the student's advisor and by the graduate student advisors. Note that some courses combine both the lecture and discussion-based courses, and are listed as 4 credit hour courses.
  • All students should be enrolled in either MICR 590 (independent research with your thesis advisor's CRN: register for this course before you pass your prelim. exam) or MICR 599 (independent research with your thesis advisor's CRN: register for this course after you pass your prelim. exam).
  • Students who are employed as TAs need to register for 14 credit hours of research and courses combined. Students who are employed as RAs need to register for 16 credit hours of research and courses combined. The extra credit hours needed after signing up for courses should be assigned to MICR 590 or MICR 599, as appropriate.