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Biological Sciences


Microbiology includes the study of viruses, bacteria and fungi. A student can expect to study topics such as microbial growth, nutrition, metabolism, pathogenesis, morphogenesis and production of antibiotics.

The American Board of Microbiology, a committee of the American Academy of Microbiology, has established a National Registry of Microbiologists to recognize individuals at the bachelor’s level who have an adequate understanding of basic and applied microbiology. Parts of the requirements for registration specify 30 credits in biological sciences, 20 credits of which must be in microbiology. It is likely that similar criteria will be used for classification as a microbiologist by the U.S. Civil Service Commission. Students should consider this when selecting elective courses.

Microbiology Major Requirements — 21 credits

Microbiology Courses 18 credits
BIOL 41600 (Molecular Virology) (3 cr.); BIOL 43800 (General Microbiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 43900 (Laboratory in Microbiology) 
(2 cr.); BIOL 52900 (Bacterial Physiology) (3 cr.); BCHM 56100 (General Biochemistry I) (3 cr.); BIOL 44100 (Senior Seminar in Genetics) (1 cr.); BIOL 54100 (Molecular Genetics of Bacteria) 
(3 cr.)
18 cr.
Electives 3 credits
Select from the following:  
BIOL 44600 (Molecular Bacterial Pathogen) (3 cr.); BIOL 47800 (Introduction to Bioinformatics) (3 cr.); BIOL442XX or 54200 (Modular Upper-Division Laboratory Courses) (2 cr.); see the complete list of titles (1-2 cr.); BIOL 53300 (Medical Microbiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 54900 (Microbial Ecology) (2 cr.); BCHM 56200 (General Biochemistry II)

Microbiology Honors Curriculum

Microbiology Honors Course Requirements 16-23 credits
To complete the microbiology honors curriculum, the following courses must be selected:
MA 26100 (Multivariate Calculus) (4 cr.); or MA 17400 (Multivariable Calculus) (4 cr.); or MA 27100 (Several Variable Calculus) (5 cr.); CHM 26505-26605 (Organic Chemistry) (6 cr.) and CHM 26300-26400 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) (2 cr.) 

Students in the microbiology honors curriculum must complete three of these courses/course sequences: 
a. CHM 32100 (Analytical Chemistry I) (4 cr.) 
b. MA 26200 (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations) (4 cr.)
c. PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics) (4 cr.), PHYS 27200 (Electric and Magnetic Interactions) (4 cr.), or PHYS 24100 (Electricity and Optics) (3 cr.); PHYS 25200 (Electricity and Optics Laboratory) (1 cr.)
d. CHM 37200 (Physical Chemistry) (4 cr.) or both CHM 37300 and 37400 (Physical Chemistry) (3 cr.)
12-19 cr.

For the microbiology honors curriculum, a 3.0 graduation index is required at the time of graduation.