The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Science (MCBS) offers the master of science and the doctor of philosophy degrees in microbiology.  Research opportunities are available in many areas, including plant-microbe interactions, nitrogen fixation, signal transduction, microbial development, host-microbe interactions, molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis, environmental and molecular virology, microbial evolution, microbial genetics, molecular microbiology, biotechnology, biotechnology, and bioremediation.

Degree Options

M.S. Degree - Students are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits, including thesis credits.  They must conduct an independent research project in conjunction with a faculty adviser and must submit a thesis based on this research to a graduate committee, which determines its acceptability.  In addition, students must submit at least one manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal.

Ph.D. Degree -  To become doctoral candidates, students must take all courses required by the Graduate Committee, pass a qualifying exam, develop an independent research proposal, and present an oral defense of that proposal.  They are then required to complete and successfully defend a dissertation based on the research proposal.   Students must submit at least two manuscripts based on the thesis research to appropriate peer-reviewed journals.



Microbiology Resources