Microbiology at the University of Florida

Microbiology at the University of Florida

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Microbiology and Cell Science

The Bachelor of Science in microbiology and cell science, offered by both the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), offers you flexibility in a curriculum that develops an excellent knowledge base and an understanding of concepts in microbiology, cell biology and the bio-molecular sciences. Emphasis will be placed on the application of the scientific method to gain an understanding of the biological world at the cellular and molecular levels. You will learn to evaluate hypotheses, to interpret experimental data and to communicate results effectively.

Additional information, including course requirements and semester plans, for the CALS major, is available here.

Additional information, including course requirements and semester plans, for the CLAS major, is available here.

Skills You Will Acquire in the Major

  1. Describe fundamental concepts, skills and processes in microbiology, molecular biology and in host/pathogen interactions.
  2. Apply fundamental concepts, skills and protocols used to conduct research in fields of microbiology, molecular biology and in host/pathogen.
  3. Evaluate information and data in the general areas of microbiology and the cellular and molecular biological sciences.
  4. Solve typical problems that are encountered in general areas of microbiology and cellular and molecular biological sciences.
  5. Communicate effectively in written form in a manner appropriate in microbiology and the cellular and molecular biological sciences.
  6. Communicate orally (including visual aids) in an effective manner appropriate in microbiology and the cellular and molecular biological sciences.

For more information, please contact the Microbiology and Cell Science Undergraduate Advisor. 

Microbiology MS/BS (4+1) Combined Degree Program

The Microbiology and Cell Science combined B.S./M.S. program allows qualified students to earn both their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with 12 credit hours of jointly counted course work.  This program is considered a “4/1” because students may be awarded both degrees within a five-year period. This program is only offered for Microbiology and Cell Science majors in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Students interested in applying should contact the MCS Student Services Coordinator to discuss their eligibility:

Jacqueline Lee
Student Services Coordinator
352-846-1330

Advantages of the Combined Degree Program:

  • The M.S. program is a 30 credit program that normally requires two years to complete. The combined program allows for students to complete their M.S. in as little as one year after earning their B.S.
  • The M.S. program offers a more comprehensive life science education, perfect for students looking for a competitive edge in professional school admissions (Veterinary, Medical, Dental, etc.).
  • Students will gain valuable research experience working with internationally recognized faculty with a diverse set of interests and backgrounds. For more information on the faculty and the research they conduct, please visit the faculty directory.
  • UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities: No. 14 in U.S. News & World Report “Top Public Universities” (August 2013); No. 3 in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” (2013); No. 3 in the Fiske Guide to Colleges list of Best Buys Among Publics (2014); No. 15 on the Forbes list of best public universities (2013); and No. 1 on Washington Monthly magazine’s list of national universities that offer the best bang for the buck (2013.)
  • Job recruiters ranked UF ninth on the list of places where corporations prefer to recruit new employees (2010) and No. 2 on SmartMoney magazine’s list of universities whose graduates get the highest salary return for their tuition dollars (2012).

Please visit our Graduate Student Handbook to learn more about specific coursework and program requirements.

Online Bachelor of Science Program

The University of Florida (UF), one of the finest research institutions in the country, is now offering an Online Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Microbiology and Cell Science. This degree is perfect for students in the state of Florida interested in pursuing a career in research, graduate study in the life sciences, or gaining admissions to a professional school (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc.).

The Online BS in Microbiology is a 2+2, 4-year program that allows students to obtain a BS degree from the University of Florida after completing 2 years of prerequisites as part of an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from other universities, colleges, or community colleges within the state of Florida. Students who complete these prerequisites can then apply to transfer into the online program as a junior student at UF.

Students within the program would receive the same level of excellent education provided to any of the more than 1300 students who participate in Microbiology on UF’s campus each year, with the advantage of asynchronous online learning, courtesy of the department of Microbiology and Cell Science faculty and staff.

Lab courses, instructed by UF affiliate faculty, will be available at different locations around the state of Florida to facilitate the best education possible.

To learn more about this exciting program, please visit the Online BS Program website.

Additional Information that can be found on our Online BS Program website:

Online M.S. with concentration in Medical Microbiology and Biochemistry

The University of Florida’s online Master of Science in Microbiology & Cell Science with a concentration in Medical Microbiology and Biochemistry is a fully online master’s degree that can be completed in as little as 1 year. This program is tailored for professionals so you can continue working while earning your degree. 

(from http://microbiologyonline.ifas.ufl.edu/) FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK THE LINK ABOVE

Microbiology and Cell Science – Ph.D. Degree Program

The Microbiology and Cell Science Ph.D. Program is a fully funded 4-5 year degree program that prepares graduates for a career in the sciences and research. The program requires a minimum of 90 credit hours in graduate level courses. Students must register for a minimum of 9 credit hours for Fall and Spring semesters, and 6 credit hours for the Summer. The candidate is also required to prepare a dissertation that shows independent investigation and makes a significant contribution to the research field.

Advantages of the Ph.D. Program:

  • Students receive a stipend in the amount of $30,000 per year.
  • Students receive a full tuition waiver, which means that students do not have to pay out of pocket for tuition.
  • Health insurance is provided free of charge to all Microbiology and Cell Science Ph.D. students.
  • Students choose their major professor and laboratory in which they will create their own independent research and plan of study.
  • Students at UF benefit from internationally recognized faculty with a diverse set of interests and backgrounds. For more information on the faculty and the research they conduct, please visit the faculty directory.

Microbiology and Cell Science Ph.D. Student Example Plans of Study

Please visit our Graduate Student Handbook to learn more about specific coursework and program requirements.

Contact the graduate advisor for more information on course schedules and planning.

Microbiology at The University of Florida

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Admissions and Application Information

The University of Florida Graduate School requirements for admission includes an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a combined score of 300 (Includes Verbal and Quantitative Scores) on the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee an applicant’s acceptance into the program. In evaluating each applicant, the department’s Graduate Committee members include in their consideration a thorough review of the transcript, letters of recommendation provided, statement of purpose, area of research interest, etc. Students are encouraged to complete undergraduate coursework in biochemistry and microbiology before they apply.

How to Apply:

Admission into the UF Microbiology and Cell Science graduate program requires that an applicant be accepted both by the UF Graduate School and by the Microbiology and Cell Science Department. To complete the application process, apply online via the Graduate School admissions web site and select the “Graduate” option to create an account and begin your application. Visit the UF Graduate School web page for step-by-step instructions on how to apply. Select the “Apply Now” icon below to go directly to the Ph.D. Application. 

Applications must be completed by December 15th.

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Please note: Each applicant must send a $30.00 application fee (non-refundable) to the UF Office of Admissions. The Admissions Office will not process applications until the application fee is received. The address is listed below:

Office of the Admissions University of Florida P.O. Box 114000 201 Criser Hall Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

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Microbiology at the University of Florida

About Sagar Aryal 9 Articles
I am Sagar Aryal, a passionate Microbiologist and the Scientific Blogger. I did my Master’s Degree in Microbiology and currently doing my Ph.D. from Tribhuvan University in collaboration with Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Germany. I am particularly interested in research related to actinomycetes, myxobacteria and natural products.

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