Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (Master of Science)
Research activities include: mutagenic mechanisms in human populations; the enzymology and regulation of cellular DNA replication and repair; molecular mechanisms of genetic recombination; structural biology of proteins and nucleic acids; cell cycle control of transcription and DNA replication in eukaryotes; regulation and enzymology of RNA polymerase II transcription; enzymology and atomic structure of mammalian cell mRNA processing factors; molecular basis of tRNA recognition; ribozyme structure and enzymology; signaling networks that regulate morphogenesis in yeast; isolation and regulation of mating type genes in Schizophyllum; plant growth and development; molecular mechanisms of bacterial adhesin and pathogenesis; molecular and cellular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions; and bacterial transformations of organic pollutants.
Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Master of Science Degree
MMG normally accepts only applicants for the Ph.D. program. However, UVM undergraduate students may apply for the Accelerated Master’s Program. Other students who wish to apply to the M.S. program should contact the individual faculty member with whom they wish to study. One year of biological science; one year physics (equivalent of PHYS 011 and PHYS 012); one year of inorganic chemistry and one year of organic chemistry (equivalent of CHEM 031, CHEM 032, CHEM 141 and CHEM 142); mathematics through calculus (equivalent of MATH 019 and MATH 020); additional courses required by the department depending on the aims of the student. A student may be admitted pending satisfactory completion of one or two of the above courses during the first semester(s) of graduate study. Satisfactory scores on the general aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination. Subject GRE tests are recommended but not mandatory.
Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science
Applicants may be accepted concurrent with admission, or candidacy may be deferred pending a period of satisfactory graduate study at the University of Vermont. Acceptance to candidacy is granted only to those students who have met all undergraduate course prerequisites.
Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science
Thirty total credits to include six credits of Thesis Research (MMG 391) and twenty-four course credits, including the microbiology and molecular genetics core curriculum (six course credits each in biochemistry, genetics, and microbiology); at least two credits in current Topics in Molecular Genetics (MMG 310); other approved courses such that at least sixteen course credits are taken from courses offered by the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; qualifying exam; successful completion of dissertation.
Combined Medical College and Graduate College Degree Programs
Qualified students, following acceptance into the College of Medicine, may simultaneously enroll in the Graduate College for a Master of Science or Ph.D. degree program in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. The program would be developed with concurrence of the dean for Student Affairs in the College of Medicine.