(College of Biological Sciences)
Wolf-Dietrich Heyer, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department; July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021
Department Office. 357 Briggs Hall; 530-752-2626; http://microbiology.ucdavis.edu
Molecular & Medical Microbiology A.B.
The Major Program
Microbiology is the branch of biology that deals with bacteria, yeasts and other fungi, algae, protozoa, and viruses. These microorganisms are ubiquitous in nature and play a crucial role in areas such as agriculture, biotechnology, ecology, medicine, and veterinary science. The field of microbiology contributes to areas of fundamental inquiry such as biochemistry, cell biology, evolution, genetics, molecular biology, pathogenesis, and physiology. The ease and power of simultaneous genetic and biochemical analysis of microbes led to the emergence of the new disciplines of molecular biology & molecular genetics, and spawned the new industry of biotechnology.
The Program. The Molecular & Medical Microbiology Undergraduate Program offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in the College of Biological Sciences. Both degrees are designed to provide students with quantitative skills and knowledge across the breadth of Biological Sciences, while maintaining a focus on the biology of microorganisms. The B.S. degree offers more training in mathematics, biochemistry and laboratory methodology; the A.B. degree incorporates more exposure to the liberal arts. The choice of a major program and its suitability for particular career options should be discussed with a major advisor.
Career Alternatives. A bachelor's degree in molecular & medical microbiology serves as the foundation for advanced study in microbiology, entry into the professional schools of all health sciences, or immediate employment in biotechnology, health care and food science industries.
Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Microbiology offers programs of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.
Strong preference is given to doctoral applicants. The group offers study in general microbiology, microbial physiology, microbial genetics, molecular mechanisms of microbial regulation, molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis, immunology, virology, and recombinant DNA technology. For information on the graduate study and undergraduate preparation for the program contact a graduate advisor or the Chairperson of the Group.
Related Courses. The offerings of the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics are augmented by courses in Food Science & Technology (FST); Medical Microbiology (MMI); Molecular & Cellular Biology (MCB); Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology (PMI); Plant Pathology (PLP); and Soil Science (SSC).
Faculty of the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics also teach or participate in the following courses: BIS 002A, 101, 104 and 181.
Master Advisor. Su-Ju Lin, Ph.D.
Honors & Honors Program. Su-Ju Lin, Ph.D.
Teaching Credential Subject Representative. Su-Ju Lin, Ph.D; see the Teaching Credential/M.A. Program.
Advising. Biology Academic Success Center (BASC) in 1023 Sciences Laboratory Building; 530-752-0410; https://basc.biology.ucdavis.edu/.
Please Note: MIC courses are in the process of transitioning to MMG courses within the year.