Program Description

Department's Graduate Student Requirements

Each student will choose a major adviser and an advisory committee during the first semester of residence. This committee will assist the student in drafting the student's plan of study, which will dictate the student's curriculum for the ensuing semesters.

All graduate students in biology must meet the following requirements:

1. Prior to registration each semester, the student must consult with the major adviser.
2. Submit a written thesis or seminar paper proposal to the advisory committee prior to the midterm of the second
semester of residence.
3. Enroll in BIO 751 or MIC 751, Graduate Seminar, during the first four semesters of residence. Two of the semesters must
be taken for one credit each; the other two semesters will be taken on an audit (no credit) basis.
4. Students who are on campus, utilizing university staff and/or facilities must enroll for a minimum of two credit hours per term, including fall or spring semester, and summer sessions.
5. Students are encouraged to complete an appropriate graduate course (numbers 500 and above) from outside the departments of biology and microbiology. Upon approval of a student's advisory committee, a student may be permitted to take a maximum of 10 graduate credits in other departments.
6. Graduate assistants are required to enroll as full-time students during the first two semesters of residence.
7. Pass a preliminary oral examination covering the student's area of specialty and advanced course work.
8. Complete at least 15 credits of 700-level course work.

In addition to the above, the M.S. in Biology: Concentration in Microbiology requires completion of a research thesis (MIC 799, 2-6 credits) in an area of microbiology (including an oral defense of the thesis) and completion of 30 credits of graduate course work with at least 20 credits from the following table. The remaining credits are selected by the student and the advisory committee.

Course # Course name Credits
MIC 510* Immunology Laboratory* 2
MIC 507 Pathogenic Bacteriology 4
BIO 506 Parasitology 4
BIO 512 Mycology 4
BIO 513 Medical Mycology 3
MIC 516 Microbial Genetics 5
MIC 520 Introductory Virology 3
MIC 521 Virology Laboratory 2
MIC 525 Bacterial Physiology 5
MIC 527 Industrial and Fermentation Microbiology 3
MIC 528 Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory 2
MIC 534 Aquatic Microbial Ecology 3
BIO 535 Molecular Biology 3
BIO 536 Molecular Biology Laboratory 1
MIC 540 Bioinformatics 2
CLI 540 Clinical Parasitology 1
MIC 542 Plant Microbe Interactions 3
MIC 554 Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity 2
MIC 560 Symposium in Microbiology 1-4
BIO 701 Communications in the Biological Sciences 4
MIC 714 Advanced Genetics 3
MIC 721 Directed Studies 1-2
MIC 730 Biodegradation and Bioremediation 2
MIC 753 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases 2
MIC 755 Advanced Immunology 2
MIC 799 Research: Master's Thesis 1-6
    Total Credits: 30

*Students entering the program prior to Fall 2013, could instead have taken Immunology 506, a 4 cr. lecture and laboratory course, which is no longer offered in that format.