Core Courses

Core courses are taken during the first year of the graduate program. The faculty of the Microbiology Graduate Group believes there is a common body of fundamental knowledge in the discipline of microbiology that all students should master prior to obtaining a graduate degree. A competent, independent investigator must be familiar with the microbiology literature, recognize meaningful questions, and have the ability to communicate, both in written text and orally, the results and conclusions of those experiments. We have designed a graduate curriculum with the express purpose of assisting the student in meeting these goals.

The core courses are team taught by faculty members of the group on a rotational basis. The formal lectures are accompanied by seminar-discussions during which students analyze critically classic and current research reports appropriate to the lecture topic. In addition, students are encouraged to attend and participate in the weekly Work-In-Progress Seminars (MIC 291, 1 unit, taken each quarter). These are seminars in which graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have an opportunity to present their research. Finally, throughout the Ph.D. program, students are encouraged to attend weekly seminars given by outstanding scientists from throughout the country, sponsored by the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, the College of Biological Sciences and other departments affiliated with the group.


Fall Quarter

MIB 200A - (3 units) Microbial phylogeny, structure, and metabolic diversity
BCB 211 - (3 units) Macromolecular Structure and Interactions or
MIC 215 - (3 units) Recombinant DNA Techniques
MIB 201L - (5 units) Laboratory Rotation Course - Laboratory Rotations 1 and 2


Winter Quarter

MMI 200D - (3 units) Mechanisms for microbial interactions with hosts
MIB 201L - (5 units) Laboratory Rotation Course - Laboratory Rotations 3 and 4


Spring Quarter

BCB 214 - (3 units) Molecular Biology