Microbiology B.S. - Microbial Ecology

Bachelor of Science - Microbiology; Microbial Ecology Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 78-88

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2020-21

Note: Microbiology is the study of microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa. The concentration in Microbial Ecology emphasizes microbial structure and function as well as interactions and relationships with the environment and other organisms. Students may continue their studies at the graduate level and seek research careers in government or private laboratories.

General Education Requirements

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

Summary

Biology/Microbiology Lower-Division Core

17

Upper-Division Microbiology Core Courses

19

Additional Upper-Division Courses Required for Microbial Ecology Concentration

13

Biochemistry

Additional Upper-Division Depth Courses in Microbiology

Required Courses Outside of the Major

29-39

Mathematics - Calculus

Mathematics - Statistics

Chemistry

Physics

Additional Science Requirement

Advanced College Writing Requirement

Total Hours

78-88


Biology/Microbiology Lower-Division Core

Note: 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.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOB 160N

Principles of Living Systems

3

BIOB 161N

Prncpls of Living Systems Lab

1

BIOB 170N

Princpls Biological Diversity

3

BIOB 171N

Princpls Biological Dvrsty Lab

2

BIOB 260

Cellular and Molecular Biology

4

BIOB 272

Genetics and Evolution

4

Total Hours

17

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Microbiology Core Courses

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOE 370

General Ecology

3

BIOM 360

General Microbiology (equiv to 260)

3

BIOM 361

General Microbiology Lab (equiv to 261)

2

BIOM 410

Microbial Genetics

3

BIOM 411

Exprmntl Microbial Genetcs Lab

1

BIOM 415

Microbial Dvrsty Eclgy & Evltn

3

BIOM 450

Microbial Physiology

3

BIOM 451

Microbial Physiology Lab

1

Total Hours

19

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Additional Upper-Division Courses Required for Microbial Ecology Concentration

Biochemistry

Code

Title

Hours

Complete either one semester or one year of Biochemistry:

4-6

One Semester:

BCH 380

Biochemistry

One Year:

BCH 480

Advanced Biochemistry I

BCH 482

Advanced Biochemistry II

Total Hours

4-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Additional Upper-Division Depth Courses in Microbiology

Code

Title

Hours

Complete 7-9 credits from the following (labs must be taken if available). 7 credits if BCH 480-482 was taken; 9 credits if BCH 380) was taken.

7-9

BIOB 410
& BIOB 411

Immunology
and Immunology Laboratory

BIOE 371

Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)

BIOE 400

Aquatic Microbial Ecology

BIOE 428

Freshwater Ecology

BIOE 439

Stream Ecology

BIOE 453

Lake Ecology

BIOM 420

Host-Microbe Interactions

BIOM 427
& BIOM 428

General Parasitology
and General Parasitology Lab

BIOM 435

Virology

BIOM 460

Ecology of Infectious Diseases

BIOM 490

Adv Undergrad Research

BIOO 433
& BIOO 434

Plant Physiology
and Plant Physiology Lab

Total Hours

7-9

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Required Courses Outside of the Major

Mathematics - Calculus

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

4

M 162

Applied Calculus

M 171

Calculus I

Total Hours

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics - Statistics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

STAT 216

Introduction to Statistics

4

Total Hours

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following Chemistry sequences:

10-20

Introductory:

CHMY 121N

Introduction to General Chemistry

CHMY 123
& CHMY 124

Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab

Advanced:

CHMY 141N
& CHMY 142N

College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab

CHMY 143N
& CHMY 144N

College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab

CHMY 221
& CHMY 222

Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab

CHMY 223
& CHMY 224

Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab

Total Hours

10-20

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following Physics sequences:

5

Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:

PHSX 205N
& PHSX 206N

College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory

Calculus-based Physics:

PHSX 215N
& PHSX 216N

Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc

Total Hours

5

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Additional Science Requirement

Code

Title

Hours

Complete 6 credits from the following courses:

6

CHMY 311

Analytical Chem-Quant Analysis

CSCI 100

Intro to Programming

CSCI 135

Fund of Computer Science I

NRSM 210N

Soils, Water and Climate

GEO 420

Hydrogeology

GEO 482

Global Change

M 172

Calculus II

M 273

Multivariable Calculus

PHSX 207N

College Physics II

PHSX 208N

College Physics II Laboratory

STAT 451

Statistical Methods I

STAT 452

Statistical Methods II

STAT 457

Computer Data Analysis I

STAT 458

Computer Data Analysis II

Total Hours

6

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). 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

Code

Title

Hours

BCH 482

Advanced Biochemistry II

3

BIOB 410

Immunology

3

BIOB 425

Adv Cell & Molecular Biology

3

BIOB 483

Phylogenics and Evolution

3

BIOE 403

Comparative Vert Anatomy

4

BIOE 409

Behavior & Evolution Discussion

1

BIOE 428

Freshwater Ecology

5

BIOL 484

Plant Evolution

3

BIOM 402

Medical Bacteriology& Mycology

3

BIOO 320

General Botany

5

BIOO 434

Plant Physiology Lab

1

BIOO 470

Ornithology

4

BIOO 475

Mammalogy

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

2/3 Advanced Writing Courses

Code

Title

Hours

BCH 486

Biochemistry Research Lab

3

BCH 499

Senior Thesis/Capstone

3-6

BIOB 411

Immunology Laboratory

2

BIOB 499

Undergraduate Thesis

3-6

BIOE 342

Field Ecology

5

BIOE 371

Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)

2

BIOM 411

Exprmntl Microbial Genetcs Lab

1

BIOM 499

Undergraduate Thesis

3-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Complete Advanced Writing Course

Code

Title

Hours

BIOH 462

Principles Medical Physiology

3

BIOM 420

Host-Microbe Interactions

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-