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  Dec 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 University Catalog

Microbiology – Major


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Microbiology involves the study of small, usually single-cell organisms. The microscopic life forms (microbes) that the discipline investigates include archaebacteria, bacteria, fungi, algae, and viruses as well as various animal microscopic parasites. Some microbes cause disease; however, most are not harmful to people, and many are beneficial.

Microbiologists study microbes to: [i] improve our knowledge base; [ii] solve technical problems pertaining to food production and preservation; [iii] identify, prevent, and cure infectious diseases; [iv] produce alternative energy sources; and [v] manage wastes. Microbiologists work in a wide variety of professional environments. The American Society for Microbiology has identified career opportunities in academic, clinical, industrial, pharmaceutical, and government settings for microbiologists with bachelor-level degrees. Furthermore, the undergraduate microbiology degree provides the background necessary to pursue graduate or professional education.

The microbiology curriculum meets the guidelines of the American Society for Microbiology Core Curriculum and is structured, yet flexible enough, to provide students with additional exposure to the natural and physical sciences and humanities, plus independent study and directed research.

Microbiology Degree Requirements


To qualify for the degree of bachelor of science in microbiology, a minimum of 127 credit hours of approved courses is required, of which at least 47 credit hours must represent courses in the biological sciences. At the 200 level and above, only those credits for which a student has earned a grade of “C-” or better will count toward the minimum biological science credits required for graduation. Credit hours earned in a course of a biological nature offered by a department other than the Department of Biological Sciences may only be used to meet the minimum credits required to qualify for a bachelor of science in microbiology with written approval of the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.

In order to earn a degree from Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

Coursework used to meet the 47-credit minimum for the biological sciences must include the following:

Track Requirements and Electives


Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Track Requirements


Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Track Electives


  • A minimum of 15 credits is required for the Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Track. 

Medical Microbiology & Immunology Track Requirements


Medical Microbiology & Immunology Track Electives


  • A minimum of 12 credits is required for the Medical Microbiology & Immunology Track. 

Additional Curricular Requirements


Footnotes:


  1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111/113 and CH 112/114.
  2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211/213 and CH 212/214.
  3. Qualified students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212.

Sample Microbiology Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education

First Year


Credits/Semester: 15-16


Credits/Semester: 15-16


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Social Science Requirement Credits: 3 
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3 
  • General Education Social Science Requirement Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18


Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Track


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Elective Credits: 6-8 
  • General Education Humanities Requirements Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15-18


Spring Semester


  • Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Elective Credits: 3-4 
  • General Education Humanities Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 13-14


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 13


Spring Semester


  • Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Elective Credits: 6-8
  • Free Electives Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 14-15


Medical Microbiology & Immunology Track


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Humanities Elective Credits: 3
  • Medical Microbiology & Immunology Credits: 6-8

Credits/Semester: 16-18


Spring Semester


  • General Education Humanities Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 14


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 6
  • Medical Microbiology & Immunology Elective Credits: 6-8

Credits/Semester: 13-15


Credits/Semester: 14


Total Minimum Credits: 127


Footnotes:


  1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111/113 and CH 112/114 for CH 101/103 and CH 102/104.
  2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211/213 and CH 212/214 for CH 201/203 and CH 202/204.
  3. Qualified students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212 for PY 201 and PY 202.
  4. Students planning to graduate in January of final year need to complete Seminar sequence in their third year. 

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