Academic Programs Catalog

College of Natural Science

Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Undergraduate Programs
Microbiology

The objective of the Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in microbiology  is to provide a broad foundation in science, with emphasis in microbiology.  In order to assist students in planning a course of study, elective microbiology courses are organized by interest group (cell and molecular biology, immunology and medical microbiology, microbe biology, and microbial biotechnology) and students are advised in personal consultations to select a set of electives according to their interests. Thus, different emphases may be chosen by students intending to acquire technical competence in the field, to pursue graduate education in microbiology or another biological science, or to attain competence in a basic medical science preparatory to or in conjunction with professional study in human or veterinary medicine. On completion of the program, graduates may apply for certification with the National Registry of Microbiologists of the American Society for Microbiology.
In addition to the general degree requirements of the College of Natural Science, the undergraduate program in microbiology encompasses fundamental training in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and biology. This foundation provides the prerequisites for undertaking the basic courses in microbiology.

In order to increase the flexibility of the program, and to provide additional intellectual stimulation, students are encouraged to participate in tutored independent research for at least two, and ideally three or more, semesters. Independent research is available to both Honors College and other students, and often culminates with a report written in manuscript style by the student. This research may fulfill part of the department's capstone course requirement for the bachelor's degree with a major in microbiology.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Microbiology major is met by completing Microbiology 408.  That course is referenced in item 3. b. (1) below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Microbiology (43 to 53 credits):  
      (1) One of the following, either a. or b. (4 or 6 credits):  
        (a) BMB 461 Advanced Biochemistry I 3
          BMB 462 Advanced Biochemistry II 3
        (b) BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 4
      (2) One of following groups of courses (6 or 9 credits):  
        (a) BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
          BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
        (b) LB 144 Biology I: Organismal Biology 4
          LB 145 Biology II: Cell and Molecular Biology 5
        (c) BS 181H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology 3
          BS 182H Honors Organismal and Population Biology 3
      (3) One of the following courses (2 credits):  
        BS 171 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
        BS 172 Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
        BS 191H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
        BS 192H Honors Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
        This requirement is waived for students who selected item (2) (b) above.  
      (4) One of the following groups of courses (9 or 10 credits):  
        (a) CEM 141 General Chemistry  4
          CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry  3
          CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I  1
          CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II  1
        (b) LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I  4
          LB 172 Principles of Chemistry II  4
          LB 171L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I  1
          LB 172L Principles of Chemistry II – Reactivity Laboratory 1
        (c) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry  4
          CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry  3
          CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I  1
          CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II  1
        (d) CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I  4
          CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II  4
          CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I  2
          CEM 186H Honors Chemistry Laboratory II  2
      (5) One of the following groups of courses (8 credits):  
        (a) CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I  3
          CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II  3
          CEM 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory  2
        (b) CEM 351 Organic Chemistry I  3
          CEM 352 Organic Chemistry II  3
          CEM 355 Organic Laboratory I  2
      (6) One of the following groups of courses (8 to 10 credits):  
        (a) PHY 231 Introductory Physics I  3
          PHY 232 Introductory Physics II  3
          PHY 251 Introductory Physics Laboratory I  1
          PHY 252 Introductory Physics Laboratory II  1
        (b) LB 273 Physics I  4
          LB 274 Physics II  4
        (c) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I  4
          PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II  4
          PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, I  1
          PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, II  1
        (d) PHY 193H Honors Physics I - Mechanics 4
          PHY 294H Honors Physics II - Electromagnetism 4
          PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, I  1
          PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, II  1
      (7) Both of the following courses (6 to 8 credits):  
        (a) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
          LB 118 Calculus I 4
          MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I 3
          MTH 132 Calculus I 3
          MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
        (b) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
          LB 119 Calculus II 4
          MTH 126 Survey of Calculus II 3
          MTH 133 Calculus II 4
          MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 4
          STT 231 Statistics for Scientists 3
          STT 421 Statistics I 3
    b. The following courses in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (16 credits):  
      (1) All of the following courses (13 credits):  
        MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3
        MMG 302 Introductory Laboratory for General and Allied Health Microbiology 1
        MMG 408 Advanced Microbiology Laboratory (W) 3
        MMG 421 Prokaryotic Cell Physiology 3
        MMG 431 Microbial Genetics 3
      (2) One of the following, either (a) or (b) (3 credits):  
        (a) MMG 491 Current Topics in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 3
        (b) MMG 492 Undergraduate Research Seminar 1
            and      
          One of the following courses:  
          MMG 499 Undergraduate Research 2
          MMG 499H Honors Research 2
          The completion of Microbiology 491, or Microbiology 492  and 499 or 499H, fulfills the department’s capstone  course requirement.  
    c. Complete four of the following courses (12 or 13 credits):  
      EPI 390 Disease in Society: Introduction to Epidemiology and Public Health 4
      FSC 440 Food Microbiology  3
      MMG 413 Virology      3
      MMG 425 Microbial Ecology  3
      MMG 433 Microbial Genomics  3
      MMG 445 Microbial Biotechnology (W)  3
      MMG 451 Immunology    3
      MMG 461 Molecular Pathogenesis 3
      MMG  463 Medical Microbiology  3