May 28, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Microbiology, MS

Program Description

The Department of Biological Sciences administers the MS and PhD degree programs in Microbiology. The Microbiology graduate programs includes a wide variety of disciplines with three major emphasis areas: Cellular and Physiological Microbiology, Microbial Genetics and Molecular Microbiology, and Environmental Microbiology.

Applicants to the graduate degree programs in Microbiology must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and a background of training in biology, microbiology, chemistry, or related field. Undergraduate work in microbiology is desirable but not necessary. All students are expected to have completed organic chemistry, physics, calculus, general biology and genetics.

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Summary of Degree Requirements

The Microbiology MS requires 30 credits after the undergraduate degree, with six hours of thesis research and 24 hours of coursework, half of which must be at the 8000 level. In addition to coursework, the student must perform original research, prepare and present a written research proposal and defend their thesis.


Required coursework includes:
Highly recommended coursework includes: