The has a successful faculty committed to excellence in teaching and research. The faculty provides instruction leading to highly respected undergraduate and graduate degree programs in microbiology and maintains one of the most highly funded research programs on campus.
Many of the faculty members have received awards from the University or their scientific colleagues in recognition of their teaching and research excellence. Most of the faculty have internationally recognized research programs and, as a consequence of their reputations, serve on advisory panels to federal agencies, review grant proposals and manuscripts for both national and international journals, serve on editorial boards, and hold offices in national and international societies in their respective disciplines.
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Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to conduct research projects under the guidance of major professors throughout the semester. More intensive research experience in specific laboratories is frequently available through summer assistantships.
A variety of careers is available to persons with degrees in botany or microbiology. Employment may be with biological supply houses, pharmaceutical companies, industries, state and federal agencies and research institutes. Microbiologists in the medical fields are frequently employed in clinical, diagnostic laboratories and medical research institutes. Increasing employment opportunities are becoming available in the biotechnology industry for persons trained in either botany or microbiology.
The department has scholarships and assistantships available for academically outstanding students. Individuals with a 3.00 grade point average must apply or be recommended for the scholarships by April 1. Undergraduates must have completed their sophomore year of study to be considered. Details can be obtained from the chair of the department and from our web page on scholarships.
Applicants for admission must submit an official transcript of all previous college or university work and three letters of recommendation. Submission of a report of verbal, quantitative and analytical scores from the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (GRE) is required for admission into the microbiology program. The GRE exam is prepared by Educational Testing Service, Box 955, Princeton, NJ 08540. Information regarding times and places at which the examination may be taken may be obtained from the University Counseling and Testing Services, or similar agencies on other college campuses. These scores are to be sent directly to the Department of Botany and Microbiology at the time of application.
All microbiology graduate students will have an advisory conference with a member of the microbiology faculty for the purpose of evaluating previous experience in microbiology. The conference will aid in advisement for enrollment of the student and will not affect admission to a graduate program. The conferences will be held during the week prior to the beginning of classes each semester.
Prerequisites for full graduate standing in microbiology include, in addition to meeting the general requirements of the Graduate College, the equivalent of one course in calculus; Physics 2414 and 2424; Chemistry 1315, 1415, 3053, 3153, and 3152; and 12 hours of undergraduate preparation in microbiology.
Candidates for the Masters degree in microbiology will be required to show mastery of subject matter in general microbiology, medical microbiology, molecular biology, immunology and microbial physiology. In all cases satisfactory completion of a thesis and oral examination covering this subject matter and defense of the thesis will be required.
A student working toward the Master of Science degree will be assigned a committee which will aid in designing the degree program.
The Ph.D. degree in microbiology requires the successful completion of a dissertation and satisfactory demonstration of knowledge in the areas of general microbiology, including medical microbiology including immunology; molecular biology, including microbial genetics; microbial physiology, and functional genomics. A minimum of 30 hours of the last 60 must be taken in research (MBIO 6980). Each student must attend and participate in a graduate seminar (MBIO 5971). Testing of subject matter will be administered by the dissertation advisory committee.
Each student will be assigned a specific dissertation committee whose functions are to aid in designing the degree program, provide advice on the dissertation research and conduct the oral dissertation defense examination.
The following are online forms for the Department. Please note, the Department cannot consider your application unless you have also applied to the University and Graduate College and they will not release your file to the Department unless they receive payment of any applicable fees. For online application to the Department, it is possible to return the completed Word DOC file by email. If you fill out the PDF file you will have to do it by hand and mail or fax it in (+1-405-325-7619)
You still need to apply separately to the Graduate School and the University of Oklahoma. For more information and forms, see http://admissions.ou.edu/admissions.htm.