Mar 04, 2024  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Major Requirements  


Jeffrey M. Becker, Head

Becker, J.M., PhD – Cincinnati
Hazen, T.C., PhD – Wake Forest
Jouline, I.B., PhD – St. Petersburg (Russia)
Loeffler, F., PhD – Hohenheim (Germany)
Moore, R.N., PhD – Texas
Sayler, G.S., PhD – Idaho
Wilhelm, S.W., PhD – Western Ontario (Canada)

Associate Professors
Buchan, A., PhD – Georgia
Reynolds, T.B., PhD – Vanderbilt
Sparer, T.E., PhD – Emory
Su, C., PhD – Penn State
Zinser, E.R., PhD – Harvard

Assistant Professors
Fozo, E.M., PhD – Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Ganusov, V.V., PhD – Emory
Lebeis, S.L., PhD – Emory
Lloyd, K.G., PhD – North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Mikucki, J.A., PhD – Montana State
Schmidt, N.W., PhD – Indiana

Research Faculty
Fleming, J., PhD – Tennessee
Hauser, M., PhD – California (Irvine)
Layton, A.C., PhD – Purdue
Pfiffner, S., PhD – Florida State
Ripp, S., PhD – Oklahoma State
Ritalahti, K., PhD – Michigan State
Yan, J., PhD – Louisiana State

Joint Faculty
Graham, D., PhD – Illinois
Hauser, L., PhD – California (Irvine)
Hettich, R.L., PhD – Purdue
Pan, C., PhD – Tennessee
Podar, M., PhD – Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)
Schadt, C., PhD – Colorado

McPherson, E.F., MS – Tennessee

Adjunct Faculty
Bruce, B.D., PhD – California (Berkeley)
Eda, S., PhD – Tokyo Pharmacy and Life Science
Fenwick, B., PhD – California (Davis)
Keller, M., PhD – Regensburg (Germany)
Lin, J., PhD – Ohio State
Radosevich, M., PhD – Ohio State
Verberkmoes, N., PhD – Tennessee

Microbiology is the study of organisms so small that they must be viewed with a microscope. These organisms include bacteria, yeasts, molds, protozoa and viruses. Microbiology is one of the fastest growing areas of science. The concentration in microbiology is designed to furnish necessary experience in academic and practical skills to prepare graduates for immediate entry into the job market or for continuing graduate education in pure or applied biological sciences. Graduates with a concentration in microbiology find positions in the areas of medical, agricultural, food, industrial, or pharmaceutical microbiology. In addition, many microbiologists pursue careers in environmental microbiology and bioremediation. Other students become teachers, science writers, technical librarians, or managers of scientific companies. The microbiology concentration also provides an excellent background for students who plan to enter medical school, veterinary school or other health science graduate programs.

Students wishing to emphasize study in this area elect to major in biological sciences with a concentration in microbiology. See the description of the biological sciences major, microbiology concentration for requirements.


Students pursuing a B.S. degree in the Department of Microbiology are eligible to participate in the University’s VolsTeach program (, which permits students to simultaneously complete a major in mathematics or science and receive secondary education teaching licensure within the 4-year undergraduate degree program through completion of a VolsTeach minor. INPG 385  to the Microbiology B.S. degree. For more information about VolsTeach, including advising associated with teaching licensure requirements, contact the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Science (101 Greve Hall).