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Pathobiology: Graduate Programs


The Pathobiology Graduate Program offered by the Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology will provide graduate students with an education that will result in knowledge of appropriate subject matter, communication skills, and methodological expertise that will help the student in their subsequent professional activities.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

General Outcomes For all majors

  • Competence of basic knowledge in the disciplines of microbiology, pathobiology, immunology, animal health and infectious disease.
  • Knowledge that is at the forefront of the student’s research field
  • Proficiency in scientific inquiry, including: skills of critical thinking; the ability to formulate hypotheses and solve them; and the ability to analyze and interpret data
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to engage in self-initiated learning and discovery
  • The ability to engage in self-criticism and self-evaluation
  • The ability to work as part of a team to achieve these goals
Assessment Activities: 

Annual Report

Administered: Annually

Target Population: graduate students

Each graduate student must submit an annual report to the graduate committee within the department describing their progress toward their degree.

Teaching Evaluations

All of our graduate students are required to teach at least one semester during their degree program. Therefore, each of them is evaluated by the students within their class.


We have found that most of the Graduate teaching assistants are doing an adequate job in teaching their sections.

Changes Made on Basis of Findings

Supervisors of graduate assistants have been attending class meetings and offering advice to the T.A.s.

Graduate Committee Meetings

Students will meet with their graduate faculty committee and give progress reports. This also gives the students a chance to ask questions of his/her committee and work out fine details.

Student Seminar Presentations

Administered: departmental, national and/or international

Before completing their program, each graduate student is required to give a seminar to the department (and others) about their research. Some students may also have the opportunity to present their data at National or International venues.

Comprehensive doctoral examinations

Administered: before graduation of Ph.D. candidate

Ph.D. candidates must present research in seminar format and then answer questions from the public and then privately from their graduate committee.

Graduate Thesis or Dissertation

Administered: For graduation

Graduate students must submit, in writing, their research program.

Updated date: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 11:12