Requirements for a PhD in Microbiology

The PhD in Microbiology requires a minimum of 90 credit hours, including at least 24 credit hours of graded coursework and at least 30 hours of research credit. 15 credit hours of the graded coursework must be at the 800 level or higher. Specific courses are selected with the guidance of the student’s major professor and supervisory committee. The only required courses are BIOL 863 (Professional Skills and Ethics), BIOCH 755 (Biochemistry I) and BIOCH 765 (Biochemistry II). Most Microbiology PhD students will graduate in about 5 years and publish 2-5 papers.