Ph.D. Recommended Course of Study in Immunology

 

Semester 1 - (BDSP) Fall (taken by all 1st yr students) Credits
BIOC 503 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology5
BIOC 661 Critical Thinking (or other journal club)1
IBMS 600 Laboratory Safety1
IBMS 620 Laboratory Rotations2
IBMS 690 Research Seminar [Can be substituted by MICR 690]1
MICR505 Immunobiology3

 

Semester 2 - BDSP - SpringCredits
IBMS 620 Laboratory Rotations4
IBMS 690 Basic Health Science Research Seminar or
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars 
1
MICR686 Advanced Immunology3

Note:
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 required to continue
Permanent Advisor Chosen after rotations completed
 
Summer (ENTER MICRO/IMMUNO) Credits
MICR 697 Directed Research3-6

 

Year 2: Semester 3 FallCredits
MICR515 Principals of Molecular Microbiology3
MICR697 Research (variable credits) 
OVPR 601 Scientific Integrity1
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars1
MICR 694 Current Topics in Immunology1

 

Year 2: Semester 4 SpringCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits) 
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars1
MICR686 Advanced Immunology3
MICR 694 Current Topics in Immunology1

Proposal Preparation/Written Exam - should have completed 40 credit hours
(exclusive of research hours) - 75 credits
 
Summer Credits
MICR 697 Directed Research3-6

 

Year 3: Semester 5 FallCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits) 
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars1
MICR 694 Current Topics in Immunology 1

 

Oral examination

(should be completed within 6 months of written examination)

Year 3: Semester 6 SpringCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits) 
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars 1
MICR 694 Current Topics in Immunology 1

 

Summer Credits
MICR 697 Directed Research3-6

 

Year 4: Semester 7 FallCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits) 
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars 1
MICR 694 Current Topics in Immunology 1

 

Year 4: Semester 8 SpringCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits) 
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars1
MICR 694 Current Topics in Immunology1

 

Summer Credits
MICR 697 Directed Research3-6

 

Year 5: FallCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits) 
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars1
MICR 694 Current Topics in Immunology 1

 

Year 5: SpringCredits
MICR697 Research (variable credits) 
MICR690 Departmental & Student Seminars 1
MICR 694 Current Topics in Immunology 1

 

Summer Credits
MICR 697 Directed Research3-6

 

Total credits:    84

Graduate Formal Coursework -  202

Core - 44.5

Electives -    15

Directed Research - minimum of 143 hours

(additional credit hours may be necessary)

Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityVCU Medical Center
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