Jan 18, 2020  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
    
2019-2020 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 bachelor of science in microbiology, a minimum of 127 credit hours of approved courses is required.  Included in these 127 credits must be all the fundamental course requirements. At least 45 credit hours (excluding BS 101 and 204) must represent approved biological science courses.   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 45-credit minimum for the biological sciences must include the following:

Track Requirements and Electives


Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Track Requirements


Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Track Electives


  • An additional 9-11 credits is required for the Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Track. 

Medical Microbiology & Immunology Track Electives


  • An additional 5 - 7 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


First Year


Second Year


Fall Semester


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

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


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

Credits/Semester: 19


Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Track


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Humanities Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16-20


Spring Semester


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

Credits/Semester: 12-13


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology Elective Credits: 3 - 4
  • Free Elective Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 14-17


Spring Semester


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

Credits/Semester: 13-15


Medical Microbiology & Immunology Track


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3
  • General Education Humanities Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15-18


Spring Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3 
  • General Education Humanities Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15-16


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 6
  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology Elective credits: 3 - 4.  

Credits/Semester: 13-15


Spring Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 6

Credits/Semester: 13-14


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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