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Ph.D. Degree

Oral Biology Track Core Curriculum

(The Oral Biology Track core curriculum has a minimum of 44 course credits, composed of 32 required and 12 minor credits.) For descriptions of courses that do not appear on the list of graduate courses in this bulletin, contact the appropriate department or school (at

Required Courses (32 credits minimum)
Biochemistry (3-5 credits)

  • BIOC B500 Introduction to Biochemistry (3 cr.) or
  • BIOC B800 Medical Biochemistry (3 cr.) and
  • GRAD G817 Eukaryotic Cell Biology (2 cr.)

Microbiology (3 credits)

  • MICR J822 General and Medical Microbiology (3 cr.) or
  • MICR J510 Infectious Microbes and Host Interaction (3 cr.) or
  • MICR J805 Molecular Immunology (3 cr.)

General Graduate (16 credits)

  • GRAD G504 Introduction to Research Ethics (2 cr.)
  • GRAD G651 Introduction to Biostatistics I (3 cr.)
  • GRAD G652 Introduction to Biostatistics II (3 cr.)
  • GRAD G655 Research Communications Seminar (2 cr.; taken in spring of second year)
  • GRAD G865 Fundamental Molecular Biology (3 cr.)
  • EDUC J500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum (3 cr.) or PSY 608 Measurement Theory and Data Interpretation (3 cr.) or EDUC R503 Instructional Media Applications (3 cr.); taken in first year; or other teaching method course recommended by the program director

Dental/Oral Biology (10-15 credits)

  • G910 Seminar: Preventive Dentistry or
  • R959 Seminar: Oral Biology (one semester each year, 1 cr. each)
  • R956 Current Topics in Oral Biology (2 semesters, 4 cr. each)
Research (remainder of 90 credits)
  • R957 Introduction to Research in Oral Biology (3 cr.; taken once)
  • R958 Research: Oral Biology (1-12 cr. each semester)

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