Program Overview

The typical program of study is shown below. Detailed information may be found in the Immunology Program Handbook.

All students in the program take a core curriculum over the first two years of study that consists of didactic coursework in Immunology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Oncology.  In addition to didactic courses, students are required to participate in Student Seminar and Journal Club every semester of study.

During the first year, all students complete three research rotations, after which a research mentor is selected and a supporting committee is established to help the student set up a program in his or her major field of interest. In subsequent years, the student concentrates on laboratory research; participates in advanced seminars; passes a qualifying exam, which consists of writing and presenting an NIH-style grant; and prepares a dissertation.

A typical program for the first two years of study is shown below with hyperlinks to courses that have online content.  All other detailed descriptions of the required courses can be found in the Immunology Program Handbook. 

Semester 

Course

Credits

     

Fall I

MIR 511 Molecular Immunology

3

RPN 530 Oncology for Scientists

4

MIR 503 Immunology Student Seminar

1

MIR 507 First Year Journal Club

1

RPN 541 Ethics/Conduct of Research

1

MIR 601 Graduate Research (SE)

9

Top 10 Immunology Techniques

NC*

Maximum Credits Fall I

 

19

Spring I

MIR 508 Advanced Immunology

4

RPN 532 Oncology for Scientists

4

MIR 503 Immunology Student Seminar

1

MIR 522 Journal Club

1

Graduate Research (SE)

9

Maximum Credits Spring I

 

19

Fall II

BCH503 Biochemical Principles

4

MIR 509 Trends in Tumor Immunology

2

MIR 503 Immunology Student Seminar

1

MIR 521 Journal Club

1

Graduate Research

11

Immunology Writing Course

NC*

Maximum Credits Fall II

 

19

Spring II

BIO504 Advanced Molecular Genetics

4

MIR 503 Immunology Student Seminar

1

MIR 521 Journal Club

1

MIR 510 Basics in Granstmanship

1

Graduate Research

2

Maximum Credits Spring II

 

9

 

TOTAL

66

*NC, non-credited courses

Grades:   The University requires that all graduate students maintain a 3.0 GPA.  Failure to maintain a 3.0
                 will result in the student being placed on academic probation.