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Molecular Virology and Microbiology

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Graduate Program - Typical Schedule - Years 1 and 2

The table below shows the typical selection of courses taken by students in the Program in Molecular Virology and Microbiology. The precise selection of courses taken by the individual student is likely to vary. The individual variations in course selection will depend upon:

  1. The background of the student,
  2. The courses from among the electives that the Thesis Advisory Committee advises the student are needed for his/her particular avenue of research, and
  3. Whether the student is concentrating in research related to bacteriology or virology. Note that many of the electives are taught in alternate years.

Therefore, the table shows the typical course selection for a student entering the program in August 2003. Lecture-by-lecture outlines of the content of the listed courses can be found in the courses offered page of this web site. The qualifying examination is also taken during the second year. Two time frames are offered for the exam, the choice is at the discretion of the student and the research mentor.

Typical Program of Classwork for Student Entering August 2003

  • Bold indicates Required Course
  • Italicized indicates Elective Course
  • 220-xxx indicates course from the Graduate School Curriculum

  • 388-xxx indicates course taught by the MVM Program

1st YEAR – August 2003 to July 2004
Term
Class

1

(Aug. – Sept.)

220-501 Organization of the Cell (2 Credits)

220-502 Molecular Methods (3 Credits)
220-503 Genetics A (2 Credits)
388-410 Literature Reports (1 Credit)
388-466 Seminar (1 Credit)
388-549 Research Rotation (variable credit)

2

(Oct. – Dec.)

388-401 General Virology (4 Credits)

388-417 Bacterial Structure & Function (3 Credits)
344-423 Immunology (3 Credits)
388-410 Literature Reports (1 Credit)
388-466 Seminar (1 Credit)
388-549 Research Rotation (variable credit)

3

(Jan. – Feb.)

220-507 Molecular Interactions (2 Credits)

220-509 Gene Regulation (3 Credits)
388-410 Literature Reports (1 Credits)
388-466 Seminar (1 Credits)
388-549 Research Rotation (variable credit)

4

(Mar. – Apr.)

388-411 Genetics of Animal Viruses (3 Credits)

388-458 Replication & Gene Expression in Viral Systems (3 Credits)
388-457J Introduction to Molecular Carcinogenesis (4 Credits)
388-410 Literature Reports (1 Credit)
388-466 Seminar (1 Credit)
388-549 Research Rotation (variable credit)
Other electives from an extensive list (as desired)

5

(May – July)

388-549 Research Rotation (Variable credit)
or
388-435 Special Projects (Variable credit)

388-450 Infection and Immunity (4 Credits)
Other electives from an extensive list (as desired)
2nd YEAR – August 2004 to July 2005

1

(Aug. – Sept.)

388-410 Literature Reports (1 Credit)

388-466 Seminar (1 Credit)
388-435 Special Projects (Variable credit)
Other electives from an extensive list (as desired)

2

(Oct. – Dec.)

388-410 Literature Reports (1 Credit)

388-466 Seminar (1 Credit)
388-435 Special Projects (Variable credit)
Other electives from an extensive list (as desired)

3

(Jan. – Feb.)

388-410 Literature Reports (1 Credit)

388-466 Seminar (1 Credit)
388-435 Special Projects (Variable credit)
Other electives from an extensive list (as desired)

4

(Mar. – Apr.)

388-410 Literature Reports (1 Credit)

388-466 Seminar (1 Credit)
388-435 Special Projects (Variable credit)
388-426 Epidemiology of Infection (3 Credits)
388-459 Viral Pathogenesis (3 Credits)
388-416 Genetics of Bacteria (3 Credits)
Other electives from an extensive list (as desired)

5 (May – July)

388-435 Special Projects (Variable credit)

Other electives from an extensive list (as desired)
Qualifying Examination in Second Year

Sept. – Dec

Time block for those electing to take exam early (encouraged)

Mar – June Time block for those electing to take exam late