Microbiology B.S.

Bachelor of Science - Microbiology

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 91

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: Microbiology is the study of microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa. This general microbiology concentration emphasizes microbial structure and function, as well as interactions with humans. This is a graduate prep program, and is appropriate for students interested in research careers in academia or private or government laboratories. It is also an excellent concentration for pre-medical sciences students.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Biology/Microbiology Lower Division Core17
Upper Division Microbiology Core Courses16
Additional UD Major Courses Required for Microbiology16
Additional UD Depth Courses in Microbiology
Required Courses Outside of the Major42
Total Hours91

Biology/Microbiology Lower Division Core

The lower division core should be completed before attempting most upper division major courses. AP Biology credit with a score of 3 may be substituted for either BIOB 160N/BIOB 161N or BIOB 170N/BIOB 171N.

All of the following courses are required
BIOB 160NPrinciples of Living Systems3
BIOB 161NPrncpls of Living Systems Lab1
BIOB 170NPrincpls Biological Diversity3
BIOB 171NPrincpls Biological Dvrsty Lab2
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BIOB 272Genetics and Evolution4
Total Hours17

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Division Microbiology Core Courses

All of the following courses are required
BIOM 360General Microbiology3
BIOM 361General Microbiology Lab2
BIOM 410Microbial Genetics3
BIOM 411Exprmntl Microbial Genetcs Lab1
BIOM 415Microbial Dvrsty Eclgy & Evltn3
BIOM 450Microbial Physiology3
BIOM 451Microbial Physiology Lab1
Total Hours16

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Additional UD Major Courses Required for Microbiology


Select either one semester or one year of biochemistry4-6
One Semester:
One Year:
Advanced Biochemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry II
Total Hours4-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Additional UD Depth Courses in Microbiology

Select 10-12 credits from the following (labs must be taken if available) 10 credits if BCH 480-482; 12 credits if BCH 380:10-12
and Immunology Laboratory
Phylogenics and Evolution
General Ecology
Medical Bacteriology& Mycology
and Medicl Bacteriolgy & Myclgy Lb
Clinical Diagnosis
and Clinical Diagnosis Lab
General Parasitology
and General Parasitology Lab
Adv Undergrad Research
Total Hours10-12
Minimum Required Grade: C-

Required Courses Outside of the Major

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Choose one of the following calculus course4
Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

The following courses is required
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C- 


All of the following courses are required
CHMY 141NCollege Chemistry I4
CHMY 142NCollege Chemistry I Lab1
CHMY 143NCollege Chemistry II4
CHMY 144NCollege Chemistry II Lab1
CHMY 221Organic Chemistry I3
CHMY 222Organic Chemistry I Lab2
CHMY 223Organic Chemistry II3
CHMY 224Organic Chemistry II Lab2
CHMY 311Analytical Chem-Quant Analysis4
Total Hours24

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete a two-semester sequence of physics10
Algebra- and Trigonometry-based:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc
Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced College Writing Requirement

Rule: Complete the equivalent of a full writing course (either three 1/3 writing courses or one 2/3 writing course + one 1/3 writing course or one complete writing course)

Note: To meet the Advanced College Writing Requirement, Microbiology students take at least 2 partial writing courses. The Microbiology degree requires one 2/3 writing course (BIOM 411). The Advanced College Writing Requirement is completed with one more course, chosen from any of the following.

1/3 Advanced Writing Courses

BCH 482Advanced Biochemistry II3
BIOB 410Immunology3
BIOB 425Adv Cell & Molecular Biology3
BIOB 483Phylogenics and Evolution3
BIOE 403Vert Design & Evolution5
BIOE 409Behavior & Evolution Discussion1
BIOE 428Freshwater Ecology5
BIOL 484Plant Evolution3
BIOM 402Medical Bacteriology& Mycology3
BIOO 320General Botany5
BIOO 434Plant Physiology Lab1
BIOO 470Ornithology4
BIOO 475Mammalogy4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

2/3 Advanced Writing Courses

BCH 486Biochemistry Research Lab3
BCH 499Senior Thesis/Capstone3-6
BIOB 411Immunology Laboratory2
BIOB 499Undergraduate Thesis3-6
BIOE 342Field Ecology5
BIOE 371Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)2
BIOM 411Exprmntl Microbial Genetcs Lab1
BIOM 499Undergraduate Thesis3-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Complete Advanced Writing Course

BIOH 462Principles Medical Physiology3

Minimum Required Grade: C-