Apr 25, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Microbiology B.A./B.S.

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Students in microbiology may obtain either the BA or BS degree. The requirements for a microbiology major, in addition to those requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, include blocks A, B, and C as listed below.

Bachelor’s degree requirements


Prerequisites for MATH 220 are:

  • MATH 100 and MATH 150 
  • or four semesters of high school algebra and one semester of trigonometry plus appropriate math placement exam scores

Upon consultation with a Division of Biology advisor a student may substitute:

  • Biochemistry I (BIOCH 755) and II (BIOCH 765)
  • for General Biochemistry (BIOCH 521)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHM 531) and II (CHM 550)
  • for General Organic Chemistry (CHM 350)
  • Organic Chemistry I Lab (CHM 532)
  • for General Organic Chemistry Lab (CHM 351)
  • Engineering Physics I (PHYS 213) and II (PHYS 214)
  • for General Physics I (PHYS 113) and II (PHYS 114)

Block C: Microbiology major electives

Students must take an additional 10 credit hours from courses listed below. Five to 10 credit hours from List 1 can be applied to this requirement. Up to 5 credit hours from List 2 can be applied to this requirement. At least 5 of the 10 credit hours must be laboratory credits.


By consultation with a Division of Biology advisor a student may choose elective courses from Block C that allow a more specific focus on interest and experience. Areas of specialization would include prokaryotic microbiology, eukaryotic microbiology, biotechnology/genetic engineering, and infectious diseases. The microbiology curriculum coupled with appropriate electives provides an excellent education base for students moving directly into the job market, for students headed toward medical, dental, medical technology, and veterinary programs, and for students going into graduate programs in the biological sciences.

Total credit hours required for graduation: (120)

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