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Microbiology Major (B.S.)

  • Career pathways in research and product development (e.g., immunology, vaccines, antimicrobials, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology), food and water quality control, microbial ecology, and clinical laboratory science
  • Preparation for graduate studies in medicine, dentistry, optometry, public health, microbiology, or molecular biology

Major code: BS0411

Faculty Contact: Dr. Robert Colvin

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements & Sample 4-Year Program

Program Overview

Graduates of this program are also prepared for further graduate studies in medicine, dentistry, optometry, public health, microbiology, or molecular biology. With current interest and advances in molecular biology and genetics, emerging pathogens, such as HIV and food-borne illness, the career opportunities and outlook are very good.

Careers and Graduate School

Graduates of this program meet the course qualifications for state and federal civil service registers as ecologist, wildlife biologist, wildlife refuge manager, zoologist, and general biologist. This program also provides training for students planning to go on to graduate school in wildlife biology or an allied discipline, such as mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology, animal ecology, animal behavior, and conservation biology.

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Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Sample 4-Year Program

Major Hours Requirement

The biological science major requires a minimum of 125 hours.

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences

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Biological Sciences Requirements

Complete a total of 38 semester hours of BIOS coursework, including all of the requirements below. Note: 1000- and 2000-level courses not specifically required by the major will not count toward the BIOS hours requirement, but they may be used to fulfill University graduation requirements.

  • BIOS 1700 - Biological Sciences I: Molecules and Cells Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 1705 - Biological Sciences I Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 1710 - Biological Sciences II: Ecology, Evolution, Animal Body Systems Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 1715 - Biological Sciences II Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 3100 - General Genetics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3105 - Laboratory Genetics Credit Hours: 2.0
  • BIOS 3200 - Fundamentals of Animal Cell Biology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3210 - General Microbiology Credit Hours: 4.0
  • BIOS 3300 - Principles of Evolution Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4260 - Molecular Genetics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4630 - Biological Chemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4635 - Biological Chemistry Laboratory Credit Hours: 2.0
  • BIOS 4860 - Immunology Credit Hours: 2.0
  • BIOS 4865 - Immunology Lab Credit Hours: 1.0

Microbiology Electives

Complete two of the following courses:

  • BIOS 3205 - Cell and Microbiology Techniques Credit Hours: 2.0 BIOS 4230 - Pathogenic Bacteriology Credit Hours: 2.0 BIOS 4240 - Virology Credit Hours: 3.0 BIOS 4270 - Mechanisms of Gene Regulation Credit Hours: 3.0 BIOS 4410 - Parasitology Credit Hours: 2.0 BIOS 4440 - Tropical Disease Biology Credit Hours: 3.0

Extradepartmental Requirements

Complete four sub-requirements.

Sub-Requirement 1: Chemistry

Complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 1510 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 1520 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 3050 - Organic Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 3060 - Organic Chemistry II Credit Hours: 3.0
Sub-Requirement 2: Mathematics

Complete the following course:

  • MATH 2301 - Calculus I Credit Hours: 4.0
Sub-Requirement 3: Physics

Complete one of the following course group options:

Introduction to Physics course group option

Complete the following courses:

  • PHYS 2001 - Introduction to Physics Credit Hours: 4.0
  • PHYS 2002 - Introduction to Physics Credit Hours: 4.0
General Physics course group option

Complete the following courses:

  • PHYS 2051 - General Physics Credit Hours: 5.0
  • PHYS 2052 - General Physics Credit Hours: 5.0
Sub-Requirement 4: Statistics

Complete one of the following:

  • MATH 2500 - Introduction to Statistics Credit Hours: 4.0
  • PSY 2110 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Credit Hours: 4.0

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