Microbiology, Ph.D. (Ithaca)
Field of Study
Research areas include genetics, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, systematic and environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, and virology. Most of the laboratories used by the field have been recently built or renovated, and a broad range of instrumentation is available for work in all aspects of microbiology and molecular biology. One semester of teaching is required for Ph.D. degree candidates.
Concentrations by Subject
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Fall, Dec. 1; no spring admission
Applicants should have preparation in general chemistry at an intermediate level; organic chemistry; physics; and introductory courses in the biological sciences. Training in physical chemistry and calculus is desirable. Although deficiency in the subjects listed does not preclude admission, it may increase the time necessary to earn a degree. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
- three recommendations
- GRE general test
Faculty assess student performance through a variety of direct and indirect measures; these include:
- the assignment of registration units, which record student progress semiannually;
- official milestones such as admission to candidacy exams (A exams) which assess breadth and depth in the discipline, the defense of the thesis (B exams); and
- public presentations of scholarly work.
Learn more about the Microbiology Program.