Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Microbiology (MIC)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 26.0503

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

This degree specializes in the study of bacteria and other microbes, primarily at the cell and molecular level, and focuses on disease causing microbes. The Microbiology core and elective requirements include specialized microbiology courses necessary to qualify for certification by the National Registry of Microbiologists, American Society of Microbiology, and employment in microbiology and related fields. Many microbiology majors plan to apply to medical or dental school, while others plan careers as professional microbiologists in industry and government. Others become teachers or aspire to graduate training in microbiology.

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 or PCB X011C
  • BSC X011/X011L Biology II with Lab or BSC X011C or BSC X041/X041L
  • 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: 74-76 Hours

Major Core Courses - 62-64 Hours

Natural Sciences and Mathematics Core (minimum 32-34 credits hours):

Major Elective Courses - 12 Hours

  • BCH 3053 General Biochemistry
  • BOT 4434C Mycology
  • BSC 4905 Independent Study (1 credit maximum)
  • BSC 5931 Selected Topics in Biology
  • MCB 4313 Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • MCB 4404 Microbial Physiology and Genetics
  • MCB 4404L Microbial Physiology and Genetics Laboratory
  • MCB 4503 Virology
  • MCB 4905 Microbiology Undergraduate Research (1 or 2 credit hrs/semester, no more than 4 credits total)
  • MCB 4933 Selected Topics in Microbiology
  • MCB 4934 Seminar in Microbiology
  • MCB 5206 Public Health and Pathogenic Microbiology
  • MCB 5655 Applied and Environmental Biology
  • MCB 5815 Medical Mycology
  • PCB 4234 Principles of Immunology
  • PCB 4671 Molecular Evolution
  • ZOO 4753 Human Histology and Molecular Pathology of Disease

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