University of Vermont

A Closer Look at

The Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Majors

Offered by: CALS Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Department

Overview

Fascinating developments in contemporary medicine and science begin with molecular events that underlie the routine functions of cells and organisms. Scientists in the field of microbiology study microbes essential to medicine, industry, ecology, and basic science. Molecular genetics, in turn, provides the means to investigate, at the molecular level, the chemical and biological principles that underlie all living processes.

The Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department is unique at UVM because it exists within two colleges, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Medicine. From this position, it draws on expertise from such departments as botany and agricultural biochemistry, pathology, biology, and pharmacology.


What Will I Study?

You can choose a major in Microbiology with a concentration in clinical, applied or general microbiology, or in Molecular Genetics.

All students must finish the basic distribution requirements for a bachelor of science degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Microbiology or Molecular Genetics majors also take a foundation of biological and physical science courses, plus upper-level microbiology and molecular genetics and biological sciences courses to complete their major requirements.

The program is flexible enough to allow you to minor in a scientific discipline such as medical technology, nutrition, or biological science -- or a field that's altogether different. Students have graduated with minors in French, business, and statistics, allowing them to put together a career plan that spans a wide range of opportunities.


Exciting Field and Research Experience

Small classes and a strong commitment to advising give you plenty of chance to interact with the faculty, who frequently involve undergraduates in cutting-edge research. Laboratories offer broad opportunities to do research along with coursework in such areas as DNA repair, fungal genetics, environmental microbiology, developmental genetics, infectious diseases, and other fields.


Looking to the Future

An undergraduate in microbiology or molecular genetics prepares you to go on to study for an advanced degree in medicine, biotechnology, microbiology, biochemistry, or something as divergent as the law, where changes in the patent industry, as well as questions of ethics related to bioengineering or genetics counseling have companies and regulatory agencies clamoring for graduates with a science background to complement legal expertise.

You'll be ready to work in virtually any type of laboratory in the biological sciences -- research, clinical, or applied sciences, such as forensics or toxicology. Within these careers -- whether in industry or an academic setting -- you might teach, run experiments, lead a research team, or any combination. Industries like food processing and pharmaceuticals offer many openings, but graduates have also chosen to start their own businesses.


Courses

  • Introductory Biology
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Physics
  • Biology of Microorganisms
  • Genes and Genomes
  • Biochemistry

Advanced Level Courses

  • Microbiology and Pathogenesis
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Cloning
  • Mammalian Cell Culture in Molecular Biology
  • Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Food Microbiology
  • Yeast Genetics
  • Macromolecular Processing
  • Biochemistry
  • Research
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistantships
  • Undergraduate Internships
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Macromolecular Structure of Proteins and Nucleic Acids


Faculty and Area of Expertise

RICHARD J. ALBERTINI, M.D. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
Somatic cell genetics
ERIK BATEMAN, PH.D. READING UNIVERSITY
Eukaryotic transcription
JEFFREY P. BOND, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
Computational biology
A. JOHN BRAMLEY, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF READING, ENGLAND
Microbiology, disease pathogenesis, molecular basis of pathogenicity, pathogenesis of bovine mastitis
JOHN M. BURKE, PH.D. MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Structure, function, and applications of ribozymes
M. AHMAD CHAUDHRY, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
DNA microarrays
SYLVIE DOUBLIÉ, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL
X-ray crystallography of protein-nucleic acid complexes
BARRY A. FINETTE, PH.D./M.D. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS at AUSTIN & TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER at DALLAS
Mutagenic mechanisms, iatrogenic carcinogenic
THOMAS FOWLER, PH.D. OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Fungal genetics
CHRISTOPHER S. FRANCKLYN, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SANTA BARBARA
Protein and RNA interactions with DNA
GREGORY GILMARTIN, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
RNA processing
KEN HAMPEL, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN
Catalytic RNA
JOYCE HECKMAN, PH.D. MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Structure and function of catalytic RNA
NICHOLAS HEINTZ, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
DNA replication
DOUGLAS I. JOHNSON, PH.D. PURDUE UNIVERSITY
Fungal pathogenesis
THOMAS A. LEWIS, PH.D. OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
Environmental microbiology
MARIANA MATRAJT, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF BUENOS AIRES
Host-parasite interactions
KEITH MINTZ, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
Bacterial pathogenesis
SCOTT MORRICAL, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DNA repair, replication and recombination
DAVID S. PEDERSON, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
Eukaryotic transcription and replication
GERRY C. SILVERSTEIN, PH.D. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
Immunology and infectious diseases
BRENDA V. TESSMANN, M.S. UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
Clinical microbiology and medical technology
MARKUS THALI, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH
Cell and molecular biology of virus/host relationships
MARY TIERNEY, PH.D. MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Plant development, plant extracellular matrix structure
SUSAN WALLACE, PH.D. CORNELL UNIVERSITY (DEPARTMENT CHAIR)
DNA damage and repair
GARY WARD, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SAN DIEGO
Host cell recognition and attachment
CEDRIC WESLEY, PH.D. STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, STONY BROOK
Drosophila development
UMADEVI WESLEY, PH.D. STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, STONY BROOK
Cell signaling

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