Microbiology- M.A. in Teaching, M.S., Ph.D., Certificates in Ecology & Molecular Biology

For information, contact:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Microbiology
32 Pearson Hall (513-529-5422)
microbiology.miamioh.edu

Research and Support Facilities

The department provides excellent research facilities and modern instrumentation that supply resources for flow cytometry, DNA sequence analysis, bioinformatics, microarrays, computer facilities, high performance liquid chromatography, fluorescence microscopy, and access to confocal scanning and transmission electron microscopy.

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on evaluations of each applicant by the department graduate studies committee and faculty approval. You must provide the admission committee with: (1) an academic record of undergraduate and graduate performance, (2) scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), (3) three letters of recommendation, and (4) a one to two page statement describing research and career goals.

A personal interview is encouraged for M.S. and Ph.D. applicants. The department accepts students with a good background of college study in the biological sciences and chemistry with a foundation in microbiology.

Research opportunities and facilities are available in the major areas of these disciplines: microbial genetics, immunology, pathogenic microbiology, microbial physiology, microbial ecology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and animal virology.

Requirements: Master of Arts in Teaching in Biological Sciences

(35 semester hours)

For more information about requirements, admission, and program description go to Miami University Graduate programs at: http://www.miami.miamioh.edu/graduate/programs/bio.cfm or visit the Biological Sciences field of study in this Bulletin.

Requirements: Master of Science

(30 semester hours)

The Master of Science in Microbiology requires a minimum of 30 semester hours in graduate credits.

Thesis Option:

Upon graduation, M.S. students pursuing the thesis option will have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completed four courses chosen from groups I-III below, representing each group.
  • Completed additional courses in groups I-IV below and/or Research for Master’s Thesis (MBI 700) as deemed appropriate by the adviser and thesis committee.
  • Enrolled in Graduate Seminar (MBI 690) each semester.
  • Passed an oral defense of a thesis proposal, approved by a thesis committee of graduate faculty.
  • Conducted a research project approved by the thesis committee and present the project as a written dissertation and in a public seminar.

Non-Thesis option:

Upon graduation, M.S. students pursuing the non-thesis option will have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completed four courses chosen from groups I-III below, representing each group.
  • Completed additional courses in groups I-IV below to complete the 30 semester hours.
  • Enrolled in Graduate Seminar (MBI 690) each semester.
  • Passed a final examination based on one's graduate courses.

Group I - Molecular Biology, Structural Biology, and Bioinformatics:

MBI 524 Advanced Experimental Techniques in Structural and Functional Genomics (4)

MBI 525 Microbial Physiology (4)

MBI 545 Microbial Genetics (3)

MBI 564 Human Viruses (3)

MBI 585 Bioinformatics Principles (3)

Group II – Medical Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, and Cellular Microbiology:

MBI 505 Medical Bacteriology(4)

MBI 514 Immunology Principles (3) or

MBI 515 Immunology Principles and Practices (4)

MBI 535 Medical Mycology (3)

MBI 575 Microbial Ecology (4)

MBI 595 Bacterial Cellular and Developmental Biology (3)

Group III – Advanced Courses:

CSE 620K A Survey of Computational Tools in Bioinformatics (3)

MBI 605 Advanced Molecular Biology (3)

MBI 606 Advanced Cell Biology (3)

MBI 671 Population and Community Ecology (4) or

MBI 672 MBI 672 Ecosystem and Global Ecology (4)

Group IV – Electives:

BOT 581 Theory of Electron Microscopy (2)

BOT 582 Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory (2)

BOT 583 Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory (2)

CHM 532 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4)

CSE 564 Algorithms (3)

MBI 565 Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory (2)

MBI 566 Bioinformatics Computing Skills (3)

MBI 750 Advanced Topics in Microbiology (1-3)

STA graduate level courses (1-3)

Requirements: Doctor of Philosophy

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology requires a minimum of 60 semester hours in graduate credits beyond the M.S. degree or its equivalent.

Upon graduation, doctoral students will have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completed 3 courses from groups I and II, representing both groups, and 2 courses from group III.
  • Completed additional courses in groups I-IV and/or Research for Doctoral Dissertation (MBI 850) as deemed appropriate by the adviser and dissertation committee.
  • Enrolled in Graduate Seminar (MBI 690) or Molecular Biology Seminar (MBI 650) each semester.
  • Enrolled in a literature-intensive course each academic year.
  • Passed a written and oral comprehensive examination administered by a committee of graduate faculty.
  • Passed an oral defense of a dissertation proposal, approved by a dissertation committee of graduate faculty.
  • Conducted a research project approved by the dissertation committee, presented the project as a written thesis and in a public seminar, and submitted a manuscript based on the project for publication in a refereed journal.
  • Passed an oral examination by the dissertation committee in defense of your dissertation.

Doctoral students entering with an M.S. may bypass some or all of the requirements from courses in groups I-IV by demonstrating proficiency in them.

For Ph.D. students interested in strengthening their teaching credentials, the department offers the opportunity for Ph.D. candidates to teach one semester of an introductory lecture course in microbiology under the supervision of a member of the microbiology faculty. This experience can also count towards the Certificate Program in College Teaching.

Certificate Programs in Ecology and Molecular Biology

In addition to the general requirements described above, M.S. students may be eligible for a certificate in Ecology, and Ph.D. students may be eligible for certificates in Ecology or Molecular Biology by taking additional specific formal coursework. Certificate requirements are listed elsewhere under the Ecology and Molecular Biology headings.

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