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Environmental Microbiology Option

Students in this option address the biological transformations of contaminants in aquatic, atmospheric, and terrestrial environments and the biogeochemical processes upon which the health of ecosystems and humans depend. Emphasis is on the application of field and laboratory experimentation as well as predictive modeling to problems of environmental contamination and material cycling through biological transformations.

Coordinator: Robert Tate

Core Required Courses (12 Credits)
All students must complete the Environmental Sciences core.

Option Required Courses (3 credits)* All students must complete the following course:
16:375:510 Environmental Microbiology (Spring every)

Option Elective Courses. All M.S. students must complete 11 credits and Ph.D. students 14 credits from the following list.** Other courses may be substituted with advisor and option coordinator approval.
16:375:512 Pollution Microbiology Lab (2)
16:375:529 Biodegradation and Bioremediation (3)
16:375:531 Biological Waste Treatment (3)
16:375:563 Geomicrobiology (3)
16:375:573 Soil Ecosystem Processes (3)
16:682:572 Microbial Ecology (3)
11:680:492 Microbial Ecology Lab (2)
11:375:453 Soil Ecology (3)

Other Recommended Courses
16:682:501 Microbial Life (3)
16:765:533 Advanced Mycology (3)
11:126:486 Analytical Methods in Microbiology (3)

*This course fulfills the Biological Systems Core course requirement.
**Elective courses are in addition to those taken to fulfill the Environmental Sciences Core.