Microbiology - Bachelor of Science

The major in microbiology provides a solid academic base for those planning to enter any of the various fields of microbiology.

Requirements

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1511GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I 24
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
Choose one sequence from the following (4 credits)
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
4
General Physics for Life Science I
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
4
Choose one sequence from the following (4 credits)
Algebra-Based Physics II
and Algebra-Based Physics II Lab
4
General Physics for Life Science II
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science II
4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences course (3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
BIOL 2610G
BIOL 2610L
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory (Departmental Requirement)
4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental Requirements
BIOL 2110G
BIOL 2110L
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
BIOL 305Principles of Genetics3
BIOL 311General Microbiology3
BIOL 311 LGeneral Microbiology Laboratory2
BIOL 451Physiology of Microorganisms 43
or BIOL 475 Virology
BIOL 455Biometry3
or A ST 311 Statistical Applications
BIOL 474Immunology3
BIOL 478Molecular Biology of Microorganisms3
BIOL 479Medical Microbiology3
BIOL 479 LMedical Microbiology Laboratory1
Microbiology Electives6
Select six additional credits from the following list to bring total upper-division credits in microbiology to 24: BIOL 412, BIOL 427, BIOL 451, BIOL 469, BIOL 473, BIOL 475, BIOL 476, BIOL 477
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
CHEM 1215GGeneral Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
or CHEM 1216 General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors
CHEM 1225GGeneral Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
or CHEM 1226 General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
BCHE 395Biochemistry I3
Second Language Requirement (see below)0-8
The number of credits required to satisfy this requirement will vary depending on the option a student choses.
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 518-26
Select sufficient electives to bring total credits to 120 including 48 upper-division credits.
Total Credits120

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Science in Microbiology there is a one year second language requirement, the options to complete this requirement are listed below. The number of credits that a student needs to take may vary depending on what level they come in with. Please speak with an advisor for more information as to which courses you will need to take to fulfill the second language requirement for this degree.

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 1110
CHIN 1120
Mandarin Chinese I
and Mandarin Chinese II
4-8
FREN 1110
FREN 1120
French I
and French II
4-8
GRMN 1110
GRMN 1120
German I
and German II
4-8
JAPN 1110
JAPN 1120
Japanese I
and Japanese II
4-8
SPAN 1110
SPAN 1120
Spanish I
and Spanish II
4-8
PORT 1110
PORT 1120
Portuguese I
and Portuguese II
3-6
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 1210
SPAN 1220
Elementary Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
3-6
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
SIGN 1110American Sign Language I3
SIGN 1120American Sign Language II3

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 1120 level for the following courses:
CHIN 1120Mandarin Chinese II4
or FREN 1120 French II
or GRMN 1120 German II
or JAPN 1120 Japanese II
or SPAN 1120 Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 1120/1220/2210 level for the following courses:
PORT 1120Portuguese II3
or SPAN 1220 Spanish for Heritage Learners II
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of three years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1220G College Algebra and ENGL 1110G Composition I. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 1110G Composition I 1 4
MATH 1220G College Algebra 1 3
BIOL 2610G
BIOL 2610L
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory 1
4
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2 3
Elective Course 1
 Credits15
Semester 2
MATH 1250G Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus 1 4
CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 1 4
BIOL 2110G
BIOL 2110L
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
Choose from one of the following: 3
Introduction to Communication  
Introduction to Communications Honors  
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture  
 Credits15
Second Year
Semester 1
Choose from one of the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication  
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication  
MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 1 4
CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 1 4
BIOL 311
311 L
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory 1
5
 Credits16
Semester 2
BIOL 305 Principles of Genetics 1 3
CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry I 1 3
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
Choose from one of the following: 3
Biometry 1  
Statistical Applications 1  
Initial Second Language Course in series 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Semester 1
CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II 1 3
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 2
PHYS 2230G
PHYS 2230L
General Physics for Life Science I
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I 1
4
BIOL 474 Immunology 3
Next Second Language Course in series 1 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
PHYS 2240G
PHYS 2240L
General Physics for Life Science II
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science II 1
4
BCHE 395 Biochemistry I 1 3
Upper-division Biology Elective (Microbiology) 1 3
Area V: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Semester 1
BIOL 478 Molecular Biology of Microorganisms 3
Upper-division Biology Elective (Microbiology) 1 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Upper-division Elective Course 1 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
BIOL 479
479 L
Medical Microbiology
and Medical Microbiology Laboratory 1
4
Choose from one of the following: 3
Physiology of Microorganisms 1  
Virology 1  
Upper-division Elective Course 1 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits120