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MICROBIOLOGY Criteria for Satisfactory Progress
To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School requirements in addition to the requirements of the department or program. See Graduate School degree requirements.
Overall GPA
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Other Grade Requirements
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Probation Policy
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Specific Courses
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Specific Credits
Minimum of 10 credits for the major. Contact the program for specific course information.
Examinations / Time Constraints
Yes / Yes
  • The preliminary examination is in two parts. In the first, the committee will ask questions pertaining to the proposal, and assess the student's ability to pose testable hypotheses, interpret data, recognize potential pitfalls and alternative approaches, and think critically.
  • In the second round of questioning the student will be examined for breadth of knowledge, with an emphasis on those areas outlined by the committee in year one, including those that were perceived as deficient.
  • The exam must be completed at the end of the summer session in the student's second year in the program.
Other Assessments / Time Constraints
Yes / Yes
During the first year of study, the student must meet with the thesis research committee and submit a short research proposal. In the second year, candidates are required to participate in the department teaching program for one semester. After achieving dissertator status, the student is required to present a seminar a minimum of two semesters. Six months before the final defense, the candidate must present a dissertation prospectus to the thesis research committee. Before graduation, the candidate must complete a dissertation based on original research and present a formal seminar on the research.
Language Requirements
Minor Requirements
Minimum of 10 credits.
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Review Policy
Annual meeting with research committee