Learning Outcomes: Microbiology, PhD

Learning Outcomes for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology


Students graduating with a PhD in Microbiology will have:

  1. Effective oral communication skills that are developed via one or more of the following tasks: group discussions in courses; presentations in departmental seminar courses; discussion of scientific topics in courses; defending their work in a preliminary exam; acting as a teaching assistant for at least 2 semesters; giving yearly student seminars.
  2. Effective written communication skills that are developed via one or more of the following tasks: writing at least one original, full-length manuscript that has been accepted for publication in a refereed journal; writing a dissertation; writing an NIH-style grant for the preliminary exam.
  3. A level of competency and research independence commensurate with the degree, such that they can obtain an initial science-related placement in a job that uses critical thinking components.
  4. Demonstrated ability to organize and execute a research project that uses critical-thinking components and problem-solving expertise, hypothesis-driven, and fills a gap in knowledge.
  5. Knowledge of the discipline and acquired technical skills in general Microbiology and in their specialized Microbiology research area.