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    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Dec 09, 2023  
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Jeffrey M. Becker, Head
Steve Wilhelm, Graduate Program Director

Becker, J.M., PhD - Cincinnati
Moore, R.N., PhD - Texas
Sayler, G.S., PhD - Idaho
Small, P.L.C., PhD - Stanford
Wilhelm, S.W., PhD - Western Ontario (Canada)
Associate Professors
Alexandre, G.M., PhD - Claude Bernard Lyon (France)
Jouline, I.B., PhD - St. Petersburg (Russia)
Assistant Professors
Buchan, A., PhD - Georgia
Onami, T.M., PhD - California (San Diego)
Reynolds, T.B., PhD - Vanderbilt
Sangster, M.Y., PhD - Western Australia (Perth)
Sparer, T.E., PhD - Emory University School of Medicine
Su, C., PhD - Penn State
Zinser, E.R., PhD - Harvard
Research Faculty
Fleming, J., PhD - Tennessee
Hauser, M., PhD - California (Irvine)
Layton, A.C., PhD - Purdue
Lee, B-K, PhD - Tennessee
Pfiffner, S., PhD - Florida State
Ripp, S., PhD - Oklahoma State
Sanseverino, J., PhD - Lehigh
McPherson, E.F., MS - Tennessee
Adjunct Faculty
Biggerstaff, J., PhD - Brunel (England)
Keller, M., PhD - Regensburg (Germany)
Schadt, C., PhD - Colorado
Verberkmoes, N., PhD - Tennessee


Microbiology   MS, PhD

The Department of Microbiology offers both the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Students have the option of selecting from a variety of graduate research programs. For a departmental brochure, contact the department head.

Students are expected to have completed an undergraduate program with a 3.0 or better GPA on a 4.0 system. Included in the undergraduate course credits should be a full year of general biological science; one year of calculus; two years of chemistry, including one year of organic; one year of physics; and an introductory course in microbiology. In many cases, deficiencies in requirements may be removed by taking appropriate courses during the first year of graduate study. The department also requires the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination. A satisfactory score on each part is 550 or higher with rare exceptions. Three letters of recommendation should be submitted by current or former faculty members.

Each new graduate student meets with an advisory committee chaired by the departmental Director of Graduate Studies to plan a program of study for the first one or two semesters until a research advisor is selected. All first-year students participate in a laboratory rotation program during the first semester of study. This program allows the student to adjust smoothly to the research programs of the department, to develop a background of research procedures and concepts, and to facilitate the selection of a research professor. Usually the student selects a research professor toward the end of the laboratory rotation period. The major professor assists in the selection of and carrying out of a suitable research program and in the naming of a thesis or dissertation committee.

Intercollegiate Graduate Statistics Minor
The Department of Microbiology participates in an intercollegiate graduate program designed to give graduate students an opportunity to earn a minor in statistics simultaneously with a master’s or doctoral degree in another department. A minor in statistics consists of 9 hours of statistics courses. See Department of Statistics, Operations and Management Science  for full program description.

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