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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Microbiology (MIC)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 26.0503
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology Department (BCM)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ISA2015
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Les Shaw
Phone: 813-974-2087
Email: shaw@usf.edu

Website: http://biology.usf.edu/cmmb/index.aspx


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Program Information

The M.S. in microbiology degree is administered by the Department of Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Microbiology (CMMB). Most research in the CMMB Department is done by faculty housed in the Bio-Science Facility building (BSF). Due to the interdisciplinary aspect of most Research projects, faculty and graduate students often work together on broad ranging research projects that bring together many of the traditionally separate areas of biology. Many of the faculty within CMMB are involved in cooperative research with their colleagues in Chemistry, Integrative Biology, Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, Geology, Psychology, Geography, Marine Science, and Environmental Science. Often CMMB graduate students have faculty members from these other areas of USF as members of their graduate committees.

Because of the many undergraduate courses that require hands-on experimental laboratories, CMMB support many graduate students as Teaching Assistants. CMMB values high quality teaching at all levels of support. Research Assistant positions may also be available to support research with specific faculty members depending on an individual faculty members funding. Numerous scholarship opportunities are also offered on a competitive basis through the USF Graduate School.

Applying to the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Students interested in attending graduate studies within the CMMB Department should visit the CMMB website that can be accessed from the main USF site and review the current CMMB faculty. It is recommended that potential students consider at least 2-3 CMMB faculty that they would be interested in working with and communicate this information in their letter of application. It is also recommended that potential students contact the CMMB Graduate Director as well as the individual faculty members they are interested in working with via email. Such communication will facilitate the assignment of the laboratory rotations that CMMB students will participate in during their first semester of residency and also allow the applicant to determine whether the desired faculty member has positions available in the laboratory.

All students admitted to the Masters in Microbiology must establish a supervisory committee. The supervisory committee shall constitute the major professor and at least two additional credentialed faculty. At least one of the committee members must be a faculty member at USF. Supervisory committee must be formed within two semesters after matriculation. The CMMB Graduate Director and CMMB Chair must approve the Supervisory Committee. Once a major professor has been assigned and/or a student occupies or utilizes significant space or facilities for research or analogous scholarly activity directly pertinent to the generation of a thesis, the student shall enroll for a minimum of two (2) hours of research credit each semester (other than summer semester), until eligible to enroll in thesis credits.

Major Research Areas: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology; Signal Transduction and Gene Regulation; Cancer Biology; Developmental Biology; Microbiology; Ecology and Evolution; Environmental and Ecological Microbiology; Physiology and Morphology.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 1
Spring: August 1
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 1
Spring: July 1
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Prospective students must apply to the Microbiology MS program via the online application process through the USF Graduate School.

  • Must have 3.00 GLA last 60 hours of B.S. degree

  • Preferred minimum scores of 153V (500V on the old test), and 148Q (600Q on the old test), 4.5 AW on GRE

  • All international students are required to submit the TOEFL test. Non-native English speaking graduate students must score at least 570 on the TOEFL and at least 50 on the TSE to be eligible for a teaching assistantship.

  • It is expected that candidates for the M.S. degrees will have completed courses equivalent to those required for the B.S. in Microbiology at U.S.F.
Materials necessary for a complete application are listed below:

The following items should be submitted in the envelope provided to:

CMMB Graduate Office
Attention: CMMB Graduate Director
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave – ISA 2015
Tampa, FL 33620-5150
  • 1) Two official transcripts in a sealed envelope from each post-secondary institution. Transcripts of work completed at USF will be secured by the Office of Admissions. Thus, applicants only need to secure transcripts from other institutions for the application packet.

  • 2) Three letters of recommendation from faculty in sealed envelopes (on their university letterhead) with the envelope seal signed by the recommender. Students shall complete a Student Recommendation Form that can be found on the CMMB website and submit it to the recommenders.

  • 3) A brief essay stating your intended field of research and professional goals. Please indicate your specific research interests, in order that we may refer your application to appropriate CMMB faculty members. In the essay please list 2-3 CMMB faculty members that you would like to have review your file.

  • 4) Applicants must complete the Application for Teaching Assistantship (TA) Form that can be found on the CMMB or IB website if they wish to be considered for a TA position. Applicants who do not return this form will not be consider for a teaching position. Applicants should attach a resume to the Application for Teaching Assistantship (TA) Form that highlights any previous teaching experience.

  • 5) OFFICIAL test scores must be sent to USF directly from the testing agency. The University of South Florida's 4-Digit Institution Code is: 5828 Official GRE scores. This exam must have been taken within the last five years.

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)

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Program Degree Requirements


The Master's Degree Requirements should be completed in two to three years. The CMMB Department requires all graduate work applied toward the completion of degree requirements be completed within a five year period after matriculation. Thesis research should be publishable and students are encouraged to publish their findings. The specific requirements for the Master of Science (M.S.) and the specific concentrations are provided below.

Degree Progress
A student must be registered for an appropriate load (in no case fewer than two [2] graduate hours) in the college for the semester in which all degree requirements are satisfactorily completed. A student who receives three grades below “B” in structured courses required by the advisory committee will be dropped from the program. Registration in courses entitled Directed Research, Thesis must be with the approval of the major professor and must be commensurate with each student‘s research plan. Students may not register in Thesis: Master's until a Supervisory Committee has been formed and completed the oral qualifying examination. A student who enrolls in courses entitled “Thesis: Master's” but does not submit a thesis will not be certified for graduation.

 

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

BSC6910
BSC6971
BSC6935

Directed Research
Thesis: Master's
Graduate Seminar in Biology

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8
varies

Note: Students admitted to the CMMB Department must complete three laboratory rotations during their first semester of residency.

 

CORE REQUIREMENTS

9

BSC 6930
BSC 6932
PCB 6956
BSC 6930

Lectures in Contemporary Biology*
Advances in Scientific Review
Scientific Grant Writing        
Advances in Cell and Molecular Biology

1
2
3
1

* Note: Enrollment in this course is required for at least two semesters of residency.


Students in the Non-thesis Program

5000-6000 level

30

A 30-hour minimum is required at the 5000-6000 level; 26 hours must be in formally structured courses, 16 hours must be at the 6000 level; 15 structured hours must be offered by Biology.

Note: A review paper of a topic approved by the supervisory committee is required as well as successful completion of the comprehensive oral qualifying exam after all course work has been completed. For non-thesis masters students, this exam will occur at the end of the program of study.

 

ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS

6

MCB5206
MCB5655
PCB5335
PCB6236
MCB5815
BSC5931
BSC5931
MCB5410
PCB5616
PCB5525
BSC5420

Public Health and Pathogenic Microbiology
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Principles of Immunology
Advanced Immunology
Medical Mycology
Molecular Microbial Ecology
Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics
Cellular Microbiology
Molecular Phylogenetics
Molecular Genetics
Genetic Engineering and Recombinant DNA Technology

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Note: The supervisory committee may approve additional courses not listed here.

 

Comprehensive Oral Qualifying Examination.
A final comprehensive oral examination is required for all master's students. This examination is open to all departmental faculty. Students must take their comprehensive exam within two years of matriculation and the exam is normally taken after the completion of all formal course work. Thesis students must take the examination at least one semester before the thesis is presented. Any graduate work counted toward the requirement for the M.S. degree must be completed within five (5) years after matriculation.

All thesis-based Master's Degree students must present a seminar to the Department of CMBB and must be enrolled in BSC 6935, during the final semester. The seminar should be a concise summary of the research completed to satisfy the requirements for the M.S. Degree. The seminar is open to the general public and must be announced two weeks prior to the presentation. Upon completion of the seminar, the general public will be invited to ask questions. At the discretion of the student's graduate committee, members of the committee may continue to question the graduate student after the general public has departed the seminar room. Each student is expected to defend his/her research to the unanimous satisfaction of the graduate committee.

M.S. in Microbiology Non-Thesis Option
Non-Thesis - For students enrolled in the non-thesis program, a 30-hour minimum is required at the 5000-6000 level; 26 hours must be in formally structured courses; 16 hours must be at the 6000 level; 15 structured hours must be offered by CMMB. A review paper of a topic approved by the supervisory committee is required as well as successful completion of the comprehensive qualifying exam after all course work has been completed. For non-thesis master's students, this exam will occur at the end of the program of study.

Comprehensive Exam
The comprehensive qualifying exam after all course work has been completed. For non-thesis master's students, this exam will occur at the end of the program of study.

Accelerated non?thesis BS/MS program in Microbiology

This program allows B.S. majors in Microbiology to take graduate courses for the elective part of the Microbiology degree and apply them to a non?thesis M.S. degree in Microbiology. Successful students will be able to earn the M.S. degree in two additional semesters beyond the completion of the B.S. degree.

This accelerated program shares 12 credits between already existing degrees/concentrations:
B.S. in Microbiology
M.S in Microbiology (NT)

Target students and expected outcomes
This program will appeal to the more competitive Microbiology majors who would benefit professionally from having the M.S. when they enter the job market but do not want to commit to the longer time a thesis M.S. or a Ph.D. program takes to complete. Professions that do not require bench laboratory experience but desire the broadened knowledge base are targeted. Graduates from this program would be ideally suited for health professions, technology based industry, education and government. We also expect that some students will be interested in doctoral education in the biological or biomedical areas.

Description and Requirements
Microbiology majors who have completed the following courses may apply to this program:
PCB 3023 Cell Biology
PCB 3063 Genetics
MCB 3410 Cell Metabolism
MCB 3032 Microbiology
MCB 4115C Determinative Bacteriology

Graduate Degree Requirements
Students admitted into the M.S. portion of the program must complete all the requirements for the M.S. degree (non?thesis) within three semesters of admission. The requirement is 30 hours of graduate work with at least 16 of these hours completed at the 6000 level; 26 hours must be formally structured courses; and at least 15 hours must be in CMMB courses. Students will be required to take 3 core courses from the list below as part of these 26 hours. Of the required 26 hours, 9 hours will be derived from the core?CMMB graduate courses listed below (see associated curriculum). These requirements can be partially met by up to 12 hours of graduate courses taken as undergraduates. Any graduate class taken outside of CMMB must be approved by the CMMB Graduate Director. Students should be aware that a B grade or better is required for every graduate class applied to the MS portion of their degree. In addition, students will be required to pass an oral qualifying exam based on a review paper submitted in their final semester. Students must form a committee as part of their action plan to complete their graduate work. This committee will be comprised of at least 3 CMMB faculty, and will serve as the examination committee for the review paper required as part of the MS portion of their degree. Upon approval of that paper, students must successfully complete a comprehensive oral exam by their committee.

Timeline and benchmarks:

  • 1. Completion of prerequisite upper division courses and application to the accelerated program. Typically students will be in their junior year.
  • 2. Acceptance into the program and an action plan within a semester of application.
  • 3. Students will take up to 12 credits of graduate credit in CMMB courses following acceptance into the program. Typically these courses will be taken in the latter half of the junior year and in the senior year. BioAdvise will monitor the progress of the students and ensure they follow their action plan. Students who do not complete at least 9 hours of graduate work by graduation will be dropped from the accelerated M.S. program.
  • 4. GRE exams will be taken in a timely manner so scores will be available for admission to the M.S. portion of the program. Students who do not complete the GRE in time will not be admitted to the accelerated M.S. program.
  • 5. Students must apply for admission to the M.S. portion of the program in a timely manner (Fall admission deadline is February 15, Spring deadline is August 1).
  • 6. Students admitted to the accelerated program must form a committee prior to the beginning of their first semester in the M.S. portion of the program and must continue to follow the action plan which will be monitored by Bioadvise.
  • 7. Students admitted to the accelerated M.S. program must complete the requirements within three semesters or will be dismissed from the program.

Model Curriculum for Accelerated Non?thesis MS/BS


Year 1
     BSC 2010, BSC 2011 with labs - 8

Year 2
     MCB 3410?Cell Metabolism - 3
     PCB 3063?Genetics and lab - 4
     PCB 3023?Cell Biology and lab - 4
     MCB 3032 –General Microbiology - 4

Year 3
     MCB 4115 Determinative Bacteriology - 5
     3 hr graduate elective structured course (5000)

Year 4
      MCB 4320 Molecular Microbiology - 3
      9 hr graduate elective courses (5000 or 6000) - 9

Year 5
18 hr graduate courses, 9 hr of which must be derived from the list below
      BSC 6932 Virology
      PCB 5525 Molecular Genetics
      BSC 5420 Genetic Engineering
      PCB 6236 Advanced Immunology
      BSC 6932 Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics
      MCB 5206 Public Health &Pathogenic Microbiology
      MCB 5655 Applied &Environmental Microbiology
      MCB 5818 Medical Mycology
      BSC 6932 Immunology
      4 hr non?structured (seminar, independent study, laboratory research)
Oral exam and review paper done at the end of year - 5

 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM REQUIREMENTS


Comprehensive Oral Qualifying Examination – A comprehensive examination (thesis proposal, seminar/presentation and defense of thesis proposal) is required for all master's students. This examination is open to all departmental faculty. Students must take their comprehensive exam within two years semesters of matriculation and the exam is normally taken after the completion of all formal course work. Thesis students must take the examination at least one semester before the thesis is presented. Any graduate work counted toward the requirement for the M.S. degree must be completed within five (5) years after matriculation.

All thesis-based Master's Degree students must present a seminar to the Department of Biology and must be enrolled in BSC 6935, during the final semester. The seminar should be a concise summary of the research completed to satisfy the requirements for the M.S. Degree. The seminar is open to the general public and must be announced two weeks prior to the presentation. Upon completion of the seminar, the general public will be invited to ask questions. At the discretion of the student's graduate committee, members of the committee may continue to question the graduate student after the general public has departed the seminar room. Each student is expected to defend his/her research to the unanimous satisfaction of the graduate committee

 

THESIS REQUIREMENTS

 

BSC6971
BSC6935

Thesis: Master's
Graduate Seminar in Biology

8
varies

The thesis based M.S. degree requires successful completion of the following:

  • structured coursework
  • an oral qualifying exam
  • research thesis
  • comprehensive final examination

Submission of a thesis proposal and approval by the major professor, graduate committee and graduate director is required.

Seminar requirement: one presentation, excluding the thesis seminar and defense. Students should present posters or oral presentations based on their thesis research at national/regional professional meetings. The student's graduate committee must approve the presentation.

Submission of an acceptable thesis.

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS (beyond baccalaureate degree)

30

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College Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

BSC6910, BSC6971, BSC6935, BSC6930, BSC6932, BSC6932, BSC6930, MCB5206, MCB5655, PCB5335, PCB6236, MCB5815, BSC5931, BSC5931, MCB5410, PCB5616, PCB5525, BSC5420, BSC6971, BSC6935,