Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


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 majoring in Environmental Microbiology study the roles that microorganisms play in the environment. The program of study explores the diversity, community structure, and ecological functioning of microorganisms. The objective of the program is to provide students with a firm foundation in basic biology and the tools necessary to function as professional biologists, with special emphasis on microorganisms in natural ecosystems and human-engineered systems. The program will prepare students for further education (microbiology, environmental science, conservation biology) or for careers in fields such as environmental monitoring and safety, characterization and control of pathogenic microorganisms, and bioremediation.

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/X040L
  • BSC X011/X011L Biology II with Lab or BSC X011C or BSC X041/X041L or ZOO X010/X010L 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 CHM 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:

Supporting Courses in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 32-34 credit hours

Students must receive a C- or better to meet requirements for degree (for progression in Math and CHM, a C is required)

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.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

BioAdvise: SCA 203; (813) 974-3250
Email: bioadvise@usf.edu

Major Faculty

Chairperson: V. Harwood; Professors: S. Bell, T. Crisman, V. Harwood, E. McCoy, P. Motta, H. Mushinsky, P. Stiling; Associate Professors: S. Deban, G. Fox, J. Rohr, K. Scott; Assistant Professors: L. Johnson, M. Lajeunesse, D. Lewis, L. Martin, L. Prevost, C. Richards; Instructors: C. Begin, C. Osovitz, B. Predmore.

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