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Microbiology Approved Electives

Students must take 13 credits from our list of approved electives. Approved electives include any of the distribution courses not taken as a distribution requirement, plus certain additional courses offered by the Microbiology Department or other departments (see below). If courses taken to satisfy distribution requirements total more than 15 credits, the extra credits may count toward additional electives. 500 level courses require the permission of the instructor.

MICROM       413   Special Topics in Microbiology (1 credit), [up to 3 credits may be counted]
MICROM       482   Peer Teaching Assistants in Microbiology (1-5 credits)
MICROM       495   Microbiology Honors Undergraduate Research (variable credits, A,W,Sp,S) (Microbiology Honor's students only)
MICROM       499   Undergraduate Lab Research (Variable credits, A,W,Sp,S)
MICROM       555   Advanced Clinical Microbiology (2.5 credits, A,W,Sp)

BIOL              401   Advanced Cell Biology (3 credits)
BIOL              405   Cellular and Molecular Biology of Human Disease (3 credits)
BIOL              440   General Mycology (5 credits, W)
BIOL              446   Biology of Algae (5 credits, Sp)
BIOL              481   Experimental Evolutionary Ecology (5 credits, A)

Chemical Engineering
CHEM E        467   Biochemical Engineering (3 credits)

Civil and Environmental Engineering
CEE               462   Applied Limnology and Pollutant Effects on Freshwater (3 credits)
CEE               482   Wastewater Treatment and Re-use (3 credits)
CEE               484   Decentralized and On-Site Wastewater Management and Re-use (3 credits)
CEE               540   Microbiological Process Fundamentals (3 credits)

CONJ            550p  Clinical Infectious Diseases (3 credits)

Environmental Health
ENV H           440   Water, Wastewater and Health (3 credits, A)
ENV H           441   Food Protection (3 credits, W)
ENV H           442   Vector Control (3 credits, W)
ENV H           451   Ecology of Environmentally Transmitted Microbiological Hazards (3 credits, A)
ENV H           452   Detection & Control of Environmentally Transmitted Microbiological Hazards (3 credits, W)

EPI               320   Intro to Epidemiology (3 credits, W,Sp)

ESRM          409    Soil Ecology (5 credits)

FISH            404    Diseases of Aquatic Animals (5 credits)

Genome Sciences
GENOME    361    Fundamentals of Genetics and Genomics (3 credits)
GENOME    371    Intro Genetics (5 credits, A)
GENOME    372    Genomics and Proteomics (5 credits)
GENOME    373    Genomic Informatics (4 credits)

Global Health
GH             401     Introduction to Global Health (1 credit)
GH             402     Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health (1 credit)
GH             410     Newly Emerging Diseases in Public Health (2 credits)
GH             415     Global Health Challenges (4 credits)

Medicinal Chemistry
MEDCH     561      Immunizing & Antimicrobial Agents (4 credits, Sp)

BioEthics and Humanities
BH             401      History of Modern Medicine

OCEAN     430    Biological Oceanography (4 credits)
OCEAN     431    Special Topics in Biological Oceanography (3 credits)
OCEAN     454    Hydrothermal Vents (3 credits)

PABIO      536   Bioinformatics and Gene Sequence Analysis (3 credits)
PABIO      540   Antibiotic Resistance Mechanisms and their Impact on Public Health (3 credits)
PABIO      548   Molecular and Cellular Parasitology (3 credits)
PABIO      550   Diseases of Public Health Importance & Strategies for their Control (3 credits)
PABIO      551   Biochemistry and Genetics of Pathogens and their Hosts (4 credits)
How to find a faculty mentor for MICROM 499 Lab research, and MICROM 495 Honors lab research (Micro honors students only):

  1. Students review our faculty’s research interests on our homepage http://depts.washington.edu/micro/.
  2. Be prepared to register for no less than 2 to 3 credits per quarter, and for a minimum of 2 quarters. For example, a student who registers for 3 credits would be expected to be in the lab 9 to 10 hours per week.
  3. Explore the availability of MICROM 495 (Micro honors students), and 499 positions one to two quarters in advance of registration.  Lab experience positions are limited.
  4. Lab experience is highly recommended for students contemplating graduate or professional school.






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