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Study Microbiology at Otago

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Overview

Microbiology is the study of the large and diverse group of living organisms of microscopic size which includes viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae, worms and protozoa. Microbiology is the science which is concerned with the study of micro-organisms including their distribution and role in the environment and their relationship to other living organisms including humans (in health and disease) and other animals. An understanding of the basic nature and molecular structure of the microbes has been a major factor in the advancement of molecular biology as a scientific discipline and in establishing microbial genetics as an advancing science.

Microbiology plays a central role as one of the basic biological sciences and has been at the forefront of research aimed at probing the nature of life processes. During the past several decades many of the major discoveries which have helped to elucidate the fundamental principles of molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics have arisen from studies using micro-organisms. Micro-organisms are also closely associated with the health and welfare of animals including human beings, with some micro-organisms having beneficial effects and others having detrimental effects.

Many large-scale industrial processes, involved in the manufacture of food and beverages, as well as the production of many pharmaceutical, chemical and agricultural products, are microbiologically based. Microbiology also plays a vital part in the control of pollution in the environment through treatment processes for water and industrial, agricultural and domestic wastes.

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Contact details

Email microbiology@otago.ac.nz
Website Microbiology

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Microbiology (MICR) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Microbiology

Level Papers Points
100-level

CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology

CHEM 191  The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health

HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1

18

18

18

200-level

MICR 221  Microbes to Medicine

MICR 222  Microbes in Action

MICR 223  Infection and Immunity

GENE 221  Molecular and Microbial Genetics

18

18

18

18

300-level Four of:
MICR 331  Food Microbiology
MICR 332  Health Microbiology
MICR 334  Advanced Immunology
MICR 335  Molecular Microbiology
MICR 336  Applied and Environmental Microbiology
MICR 337  Virology
72
Plus

162 further points; must include 36 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

162
Total   360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Microbiology

Papers
  • MICR 490  Research Project

  • MICR 461  Molecular Microbiology

  • MICR 463  Trends in Microbiology

  • MICR 464  Medical Microbiology and Immunology

    Prerequisites:
    At least five 300-level papers including at least four of:
    MICR 331  Food Microbiology
    MICR 332  Health Microbiology
    MICR 334  Advanced Immunology
    MICR 335  Molecular Microbiology
    MICR 336  Applied and Environmental Microbiology
    MICR 337  Virology
    (MICR 360  Special Topics: Preparation for Postgraduate Study, highly recommended)

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Microbiology

Papers

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Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Microbiology

Papers
  • MICR 461  Molecular Microbiology

  • MICR 463  Trends in Microbiology

  • MICR 464  Medical Microbiology and Immunology

  • Four further approved 400-level papers

  • One of:

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Master of Science (MSc) in Microbiology

Papers and Thesis
  • MICR 495  Master's Thesis Preparation

  • MICR 461  Molecular Microbiology

  • MICR 462  Microbiology and Immunology Research

  • MICR 463  Trends in Microbiology

  • MICR 464  Medical Microbiology and Immunology

  • Thesis: MICR 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Microbiology as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level See below
200-level

MICR 221  Microbes to Medicine

MICR 222  Microbes in Action

MICR 223  Infection and Immunity

Prerequisites for MICR 221 and MICR 222 include CELS 191, CHEM 191 or CHEM 111; for MICR222 include CELS191 and CHEM191; and for MICR 223 include HUBS 191.

18

18

18

300-level

Two MICR papers

36

Total   90

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