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.


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: Mathematics4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 24
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
Choose one sequence from the following (4 credits)
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics for Life Sciences I
and General Physics I Laboratory
Choose one sequence from the following (4 credits)
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
General Physics for Life Sciences II
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Sciences II
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences course (3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory (Departmental Requirement)
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental Requirements
BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology3
BIOL 211GLCellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory1
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 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
or CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II4
or CHEM 116 Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
BCHE 395Biochemistry I3
Second Language Requirement0-8
The number of credits required to satisfy this requirement will vary depending on the option a student choses. See the Biology Department Overview in the catalog for a list of options.
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 526-18
Select sufficient electives to bring total credits to 120 including 48 upper-division credits.
Total Credits120