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PhD and MS Curriculum Requirements for Immunobiology

PhD candidates majoring in Immunobiology must take at least 72 graduate credits.  These 72 credits include the core course requirements (below) and applicable research credits earned.  Credits taken during a student's MS program in Immunobiology at Iowa State University may count towards their PhD in IMBIO.

Additional coursework for both PhD and MS degrees may be selected by the student in consultation with the Program of Study (POS) Committee to meet departmental requirements and to satisfactorily prepare the student for their research project.

Graduate credits of "B" or better earned at another institution may be transferred at the discretion of the POS Committee and with the approval of the Immunobiology Program and the ISU Graduate College.

Additional information relating to credits required for graduate degrees can be found in the ISU Graduate College Handbook.

Immunobiology Core Curriculum requirements include:

Take each of the following:
BBMB 405 Biochemistry II 3 credits
IMBIO 602 Current Topics Workshop 1 credit/year
IMBIO 604 Seminar 1 credit/year
VMPM 615 Molecular Immunology 3 credits
Stat 587 Statistical Methods for Research Workers 4 credits
GR ST 565 Responsible Conduct of Research in Science and Engineering 1 credit


Take one of the following two:
VMPM 520 Medical Immunology I 4 credits
VMPM 575 Immunology 3 credits


PhD At least 2 courses (MS take at least one) from the following options:
VMPM 629 Advanced Topics in Cellular Immunology 2 credtis
VMPM/Micro 625 Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis 4 credits
VMPM 608 Molecular Virology 3 credits
VMPM 540 Livestock Immunogenetics 2 credits
V Path 660 Pathogenesis of Persistent Infections 2 credits
GDCB 528 Advances in Molecular Cell Biology 3 credits
ImBio 661 Comparative Immunology and Infectious Disease 2 credits
BBMB 645 Molecular Signaling 2 credits

PhD TOTAL CORE CURRICULUM CREDITS                          **19-20 credits

MS Total Core Curriculum Credits

**Exclusive of seminar, workshop, and research credits.

Non-native English speakers must pass the English Requirement as established by the university.  Depending on the results of this exam additional courses may be required to meet English proficiency standards. 

Immunobiology graduate students need to teach one semester as part of their training for an advanced degree.   Students whose first language is not English must take and pass the Oral English Certification Test (OECT) to be eligible to teach.