Academic Programs

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The Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department at UCSC offers undergraduate and graduate courses in microbiology and environmental toxicology, and grants Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. The curricuclum provides a strong foundation in multiple areas of microbiology, toxicology, and  pharmacology to achieve the breadth and depth of perspective required for this interdisciplinary science. 

Graduate Programs

Graduate training in the Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology prepares students to solve important problems in the field of environmental health by providing stimulating coursework, extensive scientific presentation training, and for the research-oriented Ph.D. and M.S. degrees, in-depth research that culminates in a thesis. There is no other program in the world that educates students to appreciate the interplay between microbes, chemical toxins, and health and provides the training students require to work effectively in a complex world. Graduate training prepares students to become leaders in the field, following career paths in academia, teaching, industry, and government. Doctor of Philosophy (P.D.) students typically finish in four to six years. The research-oriented Master of Science (M.S.) students typically finish in two years, while the coursework/capstone M.S. students can finish in one year. [More]

Undergraduate Programs

The Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department offers a select number of undergraduate courses to prepare and attract promising undergradutes for advanced studies in microbiology and environmental toxicology or health-related disciplines. Students interested in microbiology and environmental health should major in a field such as biology; marine biology; molecular, cell, and developmental biology; biochemistry; chemistry; Earth sciences; engineering; or environmental studies while taking microbiology and environmental toxicology electives. 

In addition, the program provides unique opportunities for exceptional sciences undergraduates to conduct research in the labs of faculty within the Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department. These opportunities are limited to students who have demonstrated their potential in undergraduate courses in the basic sciences and environmental health. With department approval, these undergraduates may also take graduate courses in microbiology and environmental toxicology. Contact individual faculty for more information.  [More]

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