Course Requirements


Ten (10) credits are required for the major. All students are required to take two semesters of the 1 credit course, Current Issues in Microbiology (Microbio 810 and Microbio 811).  These 2 credits may be used for either the major or the minor, with the approval of the thesis committee.  At least three courses must come from the following list:

Course Title Semester
Micro 526 Physiology of Microorganisms Fall and Spring
MMI 528 Immunology Fall
Micro/Gen 607 Advanced Microbial Genetics Spring, even years
Micro/Biochem/Gen 612 Prokaryotic Molecular Biology Fall
Onc/Pl Path 640 General Virology-Multiplication of Viruses Fall
MMI/Bot/Gen/Pl Path 655 Biology and Genetics of Fungi Fall
Micro 657 Bioinformatics for Microbiologists Spring
Micro/BMolChem 668 Microbiology at Atomic Resolution  Spring, odd years 
Micro 710  Microbial Symbiosis  Spring, odd years 
MMI 740  Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis  Fall 
Gen 885  Advanced Genomic and Proteomic Analysis  Fall 
Micro 875*  Special Topics   

*This is a temporary course number and will change as new courses are established. 


Students in MDTP may fulfill the minor requirement under either –

Option A: a full minor in a single department outside the major (e.g., Biochemistry, Genetics, Population Health) with at least 10 credits


Option B: a distributed minor between two or more departments with a total of 10 credits. Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Microbiology courses can be used for minor credit rather than major credit, in the Option B minor.  All courses must be 300 level or above.

Note – MSTP students transferring into MDTP may substitute their medical school coursework for their minor course requirements.

Note – students must declare their minor, including distributed minor, in the Graduate Student tile in MyUW before requesting their prelim warrant.

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To complete the required 51 credits, remaining credits may come from additional coursework, MDTP seminar (required for six semesters) and research credits.  No credit will be given for courses taken for pass/fail/audit/credit/no credit.