We offer two graduate degrees in Microbiology:
The intent of the Microbiology M.S. program is to produce scientists with the ability to conduct independent research and to be fluent in the scientific literature. As a terminal degree, the Master of Science in Microbiology qualifies students for technical research positions in academia, industry and government research facilities. It also prepares students to progress into doctoral programs in Microbiology and related areas.
The M.S. program requires a substantial, original research project that culminates in a thesis; a minimum of 30 credits (including research and thesis) earned in graduate courses and seminars and expertise in one or more conceptual areas of the major sub-disciplines of Microbiology. The student’s Advisory Committee will direct the student to specific course offerings to satisfy the coursework guidelines. The three core areas in the Microbiology M.S. program are:
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is granted for proven ability, independent investigation, and scholarly attainment in a special field. Although it is primarily a research degree and is not granted solely on the completion of a certain number of credits, there are specific course requirements that must be met. The training of a Ph.D.-level Microbiologist is based on a strong foundation in Mathematics, Chemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry in addition to coursework in the various disciplines within the field of Microbiology. This base is built upon advanced course work in the major sub-disciplines of Microbiology as the student focuses his/her area of interest .
A complete description of both degree programs may be found in the Graduate Catalog (Ph.D. is on page 146; M.S. is on page 151).
Desired Background for entry into our programs:
It is expected that applicants to either degree program will have a broad scientific background, and will have completed coursework at the undergraduate level in the following areas:
Microbiology Graduate Programs Committee
NOTE: A Microbiology faculty member must
agree to serve as the applicant's advisor before a student will be accepted in
the graduate program. Before returning your application you MUST contact
faculty members that have similar research interests to your own and who may be
willing to act as a research supervisor. In your application indicate which
faculty you have contacted. Please consult the description of research
interests and areas of expertise of faculty members in Microbiology at Idaho
State University (Faculty and Research Interests).
*Please note: For consideration for a departmental fall semester Teaching Assistantship (TA), ALL three steps of the application process must be completed prior to February 1 of that year.