Graduate Degree

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics - Master of Science

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics - Master of Science
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Master of Science
College of Natural Science
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics CNS

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

College of Natural Science

Department of Microbiology, Genetics, and Immunology

Graduate Study
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics - Master of Science

The objective of the graduate programs in microbiology and molecular genetics is to provide basic education in various subdisciplines of microbiology and intensive research experience in specialty areas relative to the student's interest.  In the master's program, students extend their comprehension of microbiology and cognate science through advanced course work, seminars, and research. Financial subsidy may be available on a limited basis in the form of teaching assistantships.

A new graduate student in microbiology and molecular genetics  is advised by the Director of Graduate Studies until a major professor is chosen.  The major professor assists the student in selecting a guidance committee.  The committee helps the student in planning a program of study.  The program must be approved by the end of the third semester of enrollment in the program.  A Manual for Graduate Study in Microbiology, Genetics, and Immunology is available from the department.  This manual contains a philosophy of graduate education and information about the department's master's and doctoral degree programs and related procedures.
Master of Science
In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Natural Science, Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, or Veterinary Medicine, students must meet the requirements specified below.
In general, applicants should have had the equivalent of two semesters each of physics, inorganic chemistry, and organic chemistry; one biochemistry course; mathematics through integral calculus; and one or more courses in the biological sciences. Applicants should have proficiency in written and spoken English, a minimum grade–point average of 3.00. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test are not required, however a personal letter of professional intent and objectives should be submitted. Although preparation in the fundamentals of microbiology is desirable, interested students with degrees in any of the physical or biological sciences or mathematics are invited to apply for admission to the program. Applicants not possessing all of the requirements may be admitted to the program provisionally and permitted to make up deficiencies on a collateral basis.
Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
The student must complete 30 credits under Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis). The student’s program of study must be approved by the student’s guidance committee.

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B
1. Complete the following course (1 credit):
MMG 892 Seminar 1
2. Complete the following course (1 to 3 credits):
MMG 991 Topics in Microbiology 1 to 3
3. Complete four courses at the 800-level, covering areas of genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry. At least two of these courses must be offered by the Department of Microbiology, Genetics, and Immunology.
Students may select from the following courses:
BMB 801 Molecular Biology 3
BMB 802 Metabolic Regulation and Signal Transduction 3
BMB 805 Protein Structure, Design, and Mechanism 3
MMG 801 Integrative Microbial Biology 4
MMG 803 Topics in Integrative Microbial Biology 2
MMG 813 Molecular Virology 3
MMG 825 Cell Structure and Function 3
MMG 833 Microbial Genetics 3
MMG 835 Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics 3
MMG 852 Molecular Immunology 1
MMG 853 Cellular Immunology 1
MMG 854 Applied Immunology 1
MMG 861 Advanced Microbial Pathogenesis 3
Other courses may be used if approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
4. Present and pass an oral examination in defense of the master’s degree that covers both course work and thesis, research, or project.
Additional Requirements for Plan A
1. Complete a minimum of 7 credits of MMG 899 Master’s Thesis Research.
2. Successfully complete the oral examination in defense of thesis.
Additional Requirements for Plan B
1. Complete a minimum of 7 credits of MMG 890 Special Problems in Microbiology.
2. Preparation and presentation of the final research report.