Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Environmental Microbiology (EMB)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 26.0101 (Track 1 of 2)

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

Students specialize in the study of the roles that microorganisms play in the environment. Coursework focuses on the diversity of microorganisms and their functioning within natural systems. Coursework within the Environmental Microbiology major can lead to ASM certification.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade.
  • BSC X010/X010L Biology I with Lab or BSC X010C or BSC X040/040L
  • BSC X011/X011L Biology II with Lab or BSC X2011C or BSC X041/X041L or ZOO X0101/0101L or BOT X010/X010L or BOT X013/X013L
  • CHM X045/X045L General Chemistry I with Lab or CHM X045C or CHM X040 and CHM X041
  • CHM X046/X046L General Chemistry II with Lab or CHM X046C
  • CHM X210/X210L Organic Chemistry I with Lab and CHM X211/X211L or (CHM X210C and X211C) or (PHY X053/X053L and PHY X054/X054L) or (PHY X048/X048L and PHY X049/X049L)
  • MAC X311 Calculus I or MAC X233 or MAC X253 or MAC X281 or MAC X241
  • MAC X312 Calculus II or MAC X282 or MAC X234 or STA X023 or STA X024 or STA X321

Total Major Hours: 67-72 Hours

Major Core Courses - 60-63 Hours

Biology Core: (16 hours)
Environmental Microbiology Core: (12-13 hours)Choose two of the following courses:
    Natural Sciences and Mathematics Core: (minimum 32-34 credits hours)

    Major Elective Courses - 7-9 Hours

    Elective Courses (minimum 7-9 hours):
      Integrative Biology or Cell, Molecular and Microbiology courses, with the exception of those intended for non-majors.

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