Academic Programs

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The Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department at UCSC sponsors undergraduate and graduate courses in microbiology and environmental toxicology, and grants Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. Our courses provide a strong foundation in multiple areas of microbiology, toxicology, and  pharmacology to provide 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 in-depth research that culminates in a thesis. Our department is housed in two buildings on Science Hill that also house labs in the Chemistry & Biochemistry, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Biomolecular Engineering departments. There is no other program in the world that educates students to appreciate the interplay between microbes, chemical toxins, and health, providing 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. Master of science (M.S.) students typically finish in two years and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) students in four to six years. [More]

Undergraduate Programs

The Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department offers several undergraduate courses to provide education in microbiology and environmental toxicology. Students interested in microbiology and environmental toxicology 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. 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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