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Master of Biology with Microbiology Specialization


As biotechnology continues to develop, microbiologists are increasingly in demand. Viruses and bacterial and the chemical processes which they carry out affect us on a daily basis. After completing the program students will have opportunities to apply their knowledge in industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies, and bioremediation.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

The program consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework as follows:

BIOL 401 Introductory Biochemistry and BIOL 402 Metabolic Biochemistry or BIOL 504 Biochemistry Lectures
BIOL 445 Cell Biology or BIOL 544 Molecular Biology of Cells
BIOL 515 Molecular Biology
BIOL 542 Advanced Microbiology

Required professional courses

CHEM 513 Statistics for Analytical Chemists
COM 421 Technical Communications or COM 580 Communicating Sciences or SCI 522 Public Engagement for Scientists
SCI 511 Project Management or BIOL 524 Sci & Law: Intro IP Law/Patent or INTM 511 Industrial Leadership

Elective Courses

Plus 6-9 hours of approved electives:

BIOL 410 Medical Microbiology
BIOL 426 Cancer Biology
BIOL 430 Animal Physiology
BIOL 503 Virology
BIOL 512 Advanced Biochemistry
BIOL 514 Toxicology
BIOL 519 Biochemistry Laboratory
BIOL 520 Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
BIOL 521 Advanced Micro Genetics Laboratory
BIOL 526 Developmental Biology
BIOL 527 Immunology and Immunochemsitry
BIOL 533 Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 539 Advanced Cell Biology Laboratory
BIOL 545 Advanced Cell Biology
BIOL 550 Bioinformatics and Biotechnology
BIOL 555 Macromolecular Structure Determination
BIOL 562 Functional Genomics
BIOL 580 Laboratory Rotation in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics