Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


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 wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • 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

Required Supporting Courses for the Major: 32-34 Hours

The following courses are prerequisite and supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total hours for this major. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

  • CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
  • CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHM 2046 General Chemistry II
  • CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • MAC 2241 Life Sciences Calculus I and MAC 2242 Life Sciences Calculus II
    • MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I and MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II
    • MAC 2311 Calculus I and MAC 2312 Calculus II
      • STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I may be substituted for any Calculus II
  • PHY 2048/2048L General Physics I - Calculs Based and PHY 2049/2049L General Physics II - Calculus Based
    • PHY 2053/2053L General Physics I and General Physics 1 Laboratory and PHY 2054/2054L General Physics II and General Physics II Laboratory

Total Major Hours: 43 Hours

Major Core Courses - 31 Hours

Major Elective Courses - 12 Hours

Students must choose 12 credit hours from the following list:

  • 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 4223 Food Microbiology
  • 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 hours/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 Microbiology
  • MCB 5815 Medical Mycology
  • PCB 4234 Principles of Immunology
  • PCB 4671 Molecular Evolution
  • ZOO 4753 Human Histology and Molecular Pathology of Disease

*Selected topics approved for the major by the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Optional Accelerated Program

B.S/M.S. Microbiology

Accelerated B.S. in Microbiology and M.S. in Microbiology

This program allows undergraduate Microbiology to take graduate courses for the elective part of the Microbiology major and apply them to a non-thesis M.S. in Microbiology. Successful students will be able to earn the M.S. degree in two additional semesters beyond the completion of the B.S. degree.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

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

Major Faculty

Chairperson: J. Garey; Professors: J. Garey, D. Lim, R. Pollenz, L. Shaw, D. Te Strake, Emeritus Professors: J. Romeo, R. Wunderlin; Associate Professors: M. Dao, G. Daughdrill, M. Nanjundan, C. Nunes, K Schmidt, S. Stevens. Assistant Professors: B. Burkhardt, P. Eswaramoorthy, Y. Kee, C. Nunes, J. Riordan, S. Varma, S. Westerheide, B. Xue. Instructors: W. Brazelle, J. El-Rady, E. Jones-Mason, E. Sikorski, A. Upadhyaya.

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