Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology

430 Physical Sciences Building
Telephone (831) 459-4719
FAX (831) 459-3524


Programs Offered

Contiguous Bachelor's/Master's Pathway

Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology M.S.

Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Ph.D.

Other Programs of Interest

Microbial Biology and Pathogenesis Track within the Program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (PBSE)

The Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department (METX) offers undergraduate and graduate courses in microbiology and environmental toxicology, both within the department and through affiliated departments. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in fundamental and applied toxicology and microbiology to achieve the breadth and depth of perspective required for this interdisciplinary science. Research interests of students and faculty in METX span the fields of biology, microbiology, chemistry, Earth sciences, ocean sciences, environmental studies, and human health.

Undergraduate Program

The METX Department only awards graduate degrees, although it does offer a select number of undergraduate courses to prepare and attract promising undergraduates for advanced studies in microbiology and environmental toxicology or health-related disciplines. Students interested in microbiology and environmental health should major in a field such as biology; marine biology; molecular, cell, and developmental biology; biochemistry; chemistry; Earth sciences; engineering; or environmental studies while taking microbiology and environmental toxicology electives.

In addition, the program provides unique opportunities for exceptional undergraduates to conduct research in microbiology and environmental toxicology. These opportunities are limited to students who have demonstrated their potential in undergraduate courses in the basic sciences and environmental health. With department approval, these undergraduates may also take graduate courses in microbiology and environmental toxicology, that coursework may be applied toward a graduate degree in microbiology and environmental toxicology if the student is accepted into the program.