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MICR 811 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages

MICR 811.  Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages.  2 Credits.     

This 2-credit course is designed for students pursuing a graduate degree in a biomedical field. The goal of the course is to introduce the fundamental concepts of modern microbial genetics and to expose the students to commonly used experimental procedures in microbial and molecular genetics. Students will study both textbook and literature sources and will learn to apply research methods to understand the problems associated with the bacterial physiology and genetics. Active learning approaches in the classroom will require that students work collaboratively with others. Both written and oral communication will be emphasized as important learning outcomes in this course. Prerequisite: An introductory course in biology, genetics, chemistry or biochemistry.

Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology

 A Ph.D. is required for careers in independent academic research in microbiology and immunology. The Ph.D. degree is most often followed by two or more years of postdoctoral training in a specific area of research. Ph.D. graduates in microbiology, with appropriate postdoctoral experience, are ready to compete effectively for faculty positions at a college or university, senior level positions in biotech industry and government. The faculty in this program have diverse research interests ranging from the molecular pathogenesis of infectious agents (bacteria and viruses) to the understanding of immune function. Students with undergraduate degrees in microbiology, biochemistry or other similar disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Master of Science in Microbiology

M.S. degrees may be earned with a major emphasis in bacteriology, virology or immunology.  M.S. program is designed to prepare for a diverse workforce of scientists, teachers and administrators who fill the broad science and engineering employment needs of the private and government sectors. It may also lead to teaching positions at the secondary or junior college level.