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  Graduate School–New Brunswick 2010–2012 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Microbial Biology 682 Ph.D. in Microbial Biology  

Ph.D. in Microbial Biology

For the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, students must complete at least 30 course credits and 30 research credits. Twelve additional credits must also be taken in either course credits or research credits (minimum 72 total). A written comprehensive examination and an oral qualifying examination must be passed before admission to candidacy, followed by completion and successful public defense of a dissertation.

Required courses:

16:682:501  Microbial Life (3)

16:682:502  Microbial Biochemistry (3)

16:682:503  Microbial Physiology (3)

16:682:504  Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology(3)

16:682:521  Seminar in Microbial Biology (1)

16:682:522  Seminar in Microbial Biology (total of 3)

16:682:530  Scientific Conduct and Ethics (1)

16:682:611,612,613  Laboratory Rotation in Microbial Biology (6)

16:682:701,702  Research in Microbial Biology

Elective courses (a minimum of 7 credits from the following list of courses, or other appropriate course):

16:375:510  Environmental Microbiology (3)

16:375:529  Biodegradation and Bioremediation (3)

16:375:531  Biological Waste Treatment (3)

16:375:563  Geomicrobiology (3)

16:400:512  Bioregulation and Biotechnology in Food Fermentation (3)

16:681:544  Medical Microbiology and Immunology (4.5)

16:681:546  Infectious Diseases (4)

16:682:524  Applied and Industrial Microbiology (3)

16:682:550, 551, 552, 553  Special Topics in Microbiology (1-3) (Up to 10 credits can be used toward degree; topics courses are offered each semester by graduate faculty members on a rotating basis.)

16:682:572  Microbial Ecology and Biodiversity (2)

16:712:560  History of the Earth System (3)

16:765:518  Topics in Plant Microbe Interactions (2)

16:765:531  Principles of Plant Pathology (3)

16:765:533  Advanced Mycology (3)

16:765:537  Plant Pathogenic Bacteria (3)

16:765:538  Plant Pathogenesis (3)

All Ph.D. students in the graduate program in microbial biology (GPM) will be required to pass two exams during their graduate tenure in addition to presenting a public Ph.D. thesis defense. The first comprehensive exam shall be a written programmatic exam testing for core knowledge in microbiology and will be taken by all students at completion of the first year core curriculum. The second exam (qualifying exam) will be an oral examination based on a written proposal of the student's proposed dissertation research. The oral qualifying exam will also include questions to test the student's basic knowledge of microbiology and other fields pertinent to the student's anticipated area of specialization. The qualifying exam must be taken by the end of the student's second year. After successful completion of the qualifying examination the student will advance to Ph.D. candidacy.

After completion of a body of original research the student will defend his or her Ph.D. dissertation in a final examination and dissertation defense open to the public.

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