Master of Science in Biology with Specialization in Microbiology

32-34 credit hours

The MS with Microbiology specialization is designed to provide students with solid foundation in the area of microbiology. Our rigorous curriculum combined with the research opportunities offered by the department provides the students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to pursue careers in the field of Microbiology.


Required Courses (21)
BIOL 501Graduate Laboratory Techniques2
BIOL 503Virology3
or BIOL 550 Bioinformatics
BIOL 504Biochemistry3
BIOL 515Molecular Biology3
BIOL 533Advanced Graduate Laboratory Techniques3
BIOL 542Advanced Microbiology3
BIOL 544Molecular Biology of Cells3
BIOL 595Biology Colloquium1
Research Course Requirements (6)
Select one of the following options:6
Option 1
Select one additional elective
Option 2
Research Techniques in the Biological Sciences I
and Research Techniques in Biological Sciences II
Option 3
Research and Thesis M.S.6
Elective Courses (5-7)
Select five to seven credit hours5-7
Any 500-level biology course
Medical Microbiology3
Advanced Human Genetics3
Concepts of Cancer Biology3
Human Physiology3
Special Problems 11-3
Total Credit Hours32-34

Student may be approved for special problems as appropriate.

Other requirements are identical to those described previously for all M.S. students in biology.