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Master of Science in Microbiology

Program Requirements

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 advisor 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 presented the project both as a written dissertation and in a public seminar.
  • Passed an oral examination by the thesis committee in defense of the thesis.
I. Molecular Biology, Structural Biology, and Bioinformatics
Structural Genomics (MBI 524) Microbial Physiology (MBI 525)
Microbial Genetics (MBI 545) Human Viruses (MBI 564)
Bioinformatics Principles (MBI 585)
II. Medical Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, and Cellular Microbiology
Medical Bacteriology (MBI 505) Medical Mycology (MBI 535)
Immunology Principles (MBI 514)   OR   Immunology Principles and Practice (MBI 515)
Note: A student may not take both MBI 514 and MBI 515
Microbial Ecology (MBI 575) Bacterial Cellular and Developmental Biology (MBI 595)
III. Advanced Courses
Advanced Molecular Biology (MBI 605) Advanced Cell Biology (MBI 606)
Population & Community Ecology (MBI 671)   OR   Ecosystem & Global Ecology (MBI 672)
Note: Although a student may take both MBI 671 and MBI 672, only one of the two may count toward the requirement of four core courses in the M.S. program, or toward the requirement of two Group III courses in the Ph.D. program.
Survey of Computational Tools in Bioinformatics (CSE 620K)
IV. Electives
Theory of Electron Microscopy (BOT 581) Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab (BOT 582)
Transmission Electron Microscopy Lab (BOT 583) Fundamentals of Biochemistry (CHM 532)
Introduction to Algorithms (CSE 564) Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory (MBI 565)
Bioinformatics Computing Skills (MBI 566) Graduate Research Problems (MBI 710)
Advanced Topics in Microbiology (MBI 750) Statistics (STA) graduate level courses
Other courses approved by the thesis committee and graduate director

Note: additional course work may be recommended by the student's major advisor or the Thesis Committee. Students should note that Group IV courses such as Biochemistry and Statistics may be fundamental to their discipline of study or to complement the student's research project, and they may therefore be requested to take these courses by their thesis committee.