Graduate work in microbiology requires sound undergraduate training in the biological and physical sciences. This training may be received in an undergraduate program in biology (botany, microbiology, or zoology), chemistry, or in one of the agricultural sciences. Undergraduate work in bacteriology or microbiology is desirable but not necessary.
All students complete a curriculum that ensures a sound knowledge of the basic areas of microbiology including at least three of the following: bacterial physiology and metabolism, molecular genetics, pathogenic microbiology, virology, immunology and molecular medicine, or applied and environmental microbiology. The program is selected by the student with the guidance and approval of an advisory committee.
Candidates for the MS degree must complete 30 hours of graduate credit, including six hours of research, and present and defend a thesis based on original research.