Curriculum

Students must complete 30 credits of coursework with at least a 3.0 (B average) to graduate with a Master's Degree in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Students may complete the program in one year attending full-time, and two to three years part-time. 

The sample curriculum (shown below) assumes that a student is pursuing the degree full time. Part time option is also available, in which case the curriculum will be distributed over a longer period of study as determined by the student, but not exceeding 3 years. Each semester has their own required courses that students must take to graduate. Other courses may be substituted for the elective courses, but changes will require an approval by the program director, who also serves as the faculty advisor.
 
Students are required to take courses on campus. However, for limited reasons only, students may substitute the core courses, MICB 515, MICB 517 and MICB 525 with their corresponding online offerings (CBTA 515, CBTA 517 and CBTA 525) with the program director's permission. You must inform the program director and program coordinator and receive permission to do so. If you choose to take the online version of MICB 517 and/or MICB 525, then you must take them in the Spring semester, as shown below. CBTA 515 is offered only in the Fall semester. Master's students are allowed to take up to four online courses for this program (with the program director's approval). Please note that according to the Office of Global Services, international students are only allowed to take one online course for their program. An in-depth listing of our online course offerings can be found here
 

If you would like to take a look at our department course schedule, please look here.

 

 
Fall Semester CORE Courses

MICB 515 - Microbiology of Biological Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases [3]

OR

CBTA 515 - Microbiology of Biological Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases [3]

 (Online) (Require Course Director's Approval)

MICB 517 - Bioterrorism [3]

OR
 

CBTA 517 Bioterrorism [3] (please look under Spring Semester Core Courses for more information)*

MICB 525 - Homeland Security [3]

OR
 

CBTA 525 - Homeland Security [3] (please look under Spring Semester Core Courses for more information)*

MICB 551 - Seminar: Biohazardous Threat Agents & EID [2]

Spring Semester CORE Courses
MICB 520 - Agroterrorism [3]
MICB 577 - Defense Threat Reduction Initiatives [2]

*For students who are UNABLE to take MICB 517 and/or MICB 525 on-campus in the Fall Semester: You may take the corresponding online courses, CBTA 517 and/or CBTA 525, in the Spring Semester with the Course Director's approval. Please note that this needs to be planned before entering your first semester in the program. 

CBTA 517 - Bioterrorism [3]
(Online) (Require Course Director's Approval)

CBTA 525 - Homeland Security [3]
(Online) (Require Course Director's Approval)

Fall Semester Electives

CBTA 595 - Community Resilience [3] (Online)

MICB 549 - Infectious Disease & Conflict [2]

MICB 590 - Animal Health [2]

MICB 614 - Bacteriology and Mycology [3] 

MICB 623 - Internship Experience [2]

*Requires Instructor Approval. Students must have taken at least 12 credits in order to take this internship course. Must contact your program coordinator, Judie Kuo, for more information.

MICB 702 - Regulatory Science and Public Health [2] 

MICB 800 - Seminar: Global Infectious Diseases [2]

MICB 852 - Seminar in Microbiology and Immunology Fall [1]

Spring Semester Electives

CBTA 566 - Preparedness, Response, and Capacity to CBRNE Threats [3] (Online) 

MICB 516 - Biological & Radiological Safety [2]

MICB 524 - Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases: A Multidisciplinary Approach [2]

MICB 526 - Chemical Threat Agents [3]

MICB 550 - Pathogenesis & Therapy of Bioterror-Related Diseases [2]

MICB 560 - Principles and Applications of Drug Discovery [2]

MICB 619 - Biology & Biochemistry of Viruses [3]
MICB 623 - Internship Experience [2]

*Requires Instructor Approval. Students must have taken at least 12 credits in order to take this internship course. Must contact your program coordinator, Judie Kuo, for more information.

MICB 629 - Mechanism of Microbial Pathogenesis [3]
MICB 703 - Advance Regulatory Science and Public Health [2]
MICB 705 - Science Policy & World Health [2]
MICB 708 - Immunogenetics in Health & Disease [2]
MICB 801 - Seminar: Global Infectious Diseases [2]
MICB 853 - Seminar in Microbiology and Immunology Spring [1]