2016-17 Catalog

Publication date June 2016

Biology: Microbiology Concentration - Master of Science


Admission to the microbiology concentration requires a minimum of one introductory microbiology course (MIC 230; or equivalent). Students lacking an introductory microbiology course may be conditionally admitted to the concentration contingent on remediation of this prerequisite.


This concentration requires:

  1. Completion of a research thesis (MIC 799, 2-6 credits) in an area of microbiology (including an oral defense of the thesis),
  2. Passing an oral comprehensive exam, and
  3. Completion of 30 credits of graduate course work with at least 20 credits from the following list. The remaining credits are selected by the student and the advisory committee.
BIO 506Parasitology4
BIO 512Mycology4
BIO 513Medical Mycology3
BIO 535Molecular Biology3
BIO 536Molecular Biology Laboratory1
BIO 563Aquatic Animal Health3
BIO 701Communication in the Biological Sciences4
CLI 540Clinical Parasitology1
MIC 507Pathogenic Bacteriology4
MIC 510Immunology Laboratory2
MIC 516Microbial Genetics5
MIC 520Introductory Virology3
MIC 521Virology Laboratory2
MIC 525Bacterial Physiology5
MIC 527Industrial and Fermentation Microbiology3
MIC 528Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory2
MIC 534Aquatic Microbial Ecology3
MIC 540Bioinformatics2
MIC 542Plant Microbe Interactions3
MIC 554Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity2
MIC 555Field and Laboratory Methods in Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Disease Research3
MIC 560Symposium in Microbiology1-3
MIC 714Advanced Genetics3
MIC 721Directed Studies1-2
MIC 730Biodegradation and Bioremediation of Environmental Contaminants2
MIC 753Epidemiology of Infectious Disease2
MIC 755Advanced Immunology2
MIC 799Research: Master's Thesis1-6

Total Credits: 30

Biology graduate student requirements

All graduate students in biology must meet the following requirements:

  1. Prior to registration each semester, the student must consult with the major advisor.
  2. Submit a written thesis or seminar paper proposal to the advisory committee prior to the midterm of the second semester of residence. CRNA students are exempt from this requirement and are not required to complete a thesis or seminar paper as part of the degree program.
  3. Enroll in BIO 751 Graduate Seminar (1 cr.) or MIC 751 Graduate Seminar (1 cr.), 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. CRNA students are exempt from this requirement.
  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. Pass a preliminary oral examination covering the student's area of specialty and advanced course work.
  7. Complete at least 15 credits of 700-level course work.
  8. Consult this catalog and the department's graduate student guidelines for additional policies pertaining to graduate students in a biology program.

Graduate degree requirements

After being admitted to the program of one's choice, candidates for a graduate degree must:

  1. Complete any preliminary course work and deficiencies.
  2. Complete all courses and other program requirements, including residence requirements prescribed for the degree desired in the respective school or college within a seven-year period from the date of initial enrollment.
  3. Earn at least one-half of the minimum number of credits required in the program in graduate-only level courses (non-slash courses).
  4. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
  5. Satisfy thesis, seminar paper, terminal/graduate projects, or comprehensive examination, where applicable. A thesis approved by the committee must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least two weeks before commencement. Ordinarily, a seminar paper or project report does not have to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. However, if the seminar paper or project report is to be archived in Murphy Library, the student must follow the same rules as they apply to the thesis requiring approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. For further research/thesis guidelines, see the Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. File a completed "Intent to Graduate" form online via the WINGS Student Center immediately following registration for the final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
  7. Pay the graduation fee and remove all other indebtedness to the university. Payment of graduation fees does not imply readiness for graduation and does not take the place of applying for graduation.
  8. Complete all requirements within 30 days after the official ending date of a term in order for a degree to be awarded for that term. (See #5 above for separate deadline for written capstone experience.)
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