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MS Program Course Requirements

Required Courses:

The core graduate courses required for Microbiology Graduate students are:

MIBO8150 (Research Interests of Faculty) 1 credit hour
MIBO8160 (Seminar Presentation) 3 credit hours
MIBO8600 (Advanced Prokaryotic Biology) 3 credit hours
MIBO8610 (Advanced Microbial Diversity) 3 credit hours
MIBO8170 (Research Seminar) 1 credit hour (must be taken at least twice)

Other Courses:

Other courses must be taken to fulfill a requirement of 12 credit hours of graduate-only course work, including other advanced courses in genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, etc. (decided on by the student in consultation with their advisor and committee).  
Students who earn extramural fellowships may be required to take an additional course in the ethical conduct of science, such as Genetics 8650 (Responsible Science)
As noted below, GRSC7770 is a course requirement associated with teaching, and MIBO 7300 is taken during the process of writing the thesis/dissertation.

Teaching requirement:

Some MS studets may perform student teaching in introductory, advanced, or graduate-level courses is required. 
A graduate teaching and career development course (GRSC 7770) is required before the first semester of teaching.  In certain instances, GRSC7770 may be taken concurrently with the first semester of teaching.

Defense requirement:

The final step in graduation is passing a thesis/dissertation defense: a seminar followed by oral exam with committee (MS students aim for Year 2 or 3).  
Immediately before graduating, students must be enrolled in three credit hours of MIBO7300 (writing thesis).

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