Undergraduate Degree - Environmental Biology/Microbiology

Program:
Environmental Biology/Microbiology
Program Code:
3965 Environ Biology/Microbiology
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
SS97


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Natural Science

Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Undergraduate Programs
Environmental Biology/Microbiology

Environmental microbiology is a large and diverse field that addresses concerns such as soil fertility, water purity and quality, and safety of the food supply.   Although environmental biology is concerned with all members of the biosphere and the geochemical surroundings, microorganisms are at the heart of the biological activities in the environment.  Many of the environmental problems facing society are microbiological ones, or ones for which microbiological solutions may be found.

The Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in environmental biology/microbiology is designed for students who plan to pursue careers involving microbiology and the environment or who plan to pursue graduate study in microbiology and related environmental areas.

The educational objectives of the program are to:

  1. Help students to acquire knowledge of microbiology and related environmental areas.
  2. Prepare students to solve problems in environmental microbiology.

On completion of the program, the graduate may apply for certification with the National Registry of Microbiologists of the American Society for Microbiology.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Biology/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 Environmental Biology/Microbiology.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Environmental Biology/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 (62 or 64 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) All of the following courses (57 credits):  
        BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
        BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
        BS 171 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
        BS 172 Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
        CE 280 Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science 3
        CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
        CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
        CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
        CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
        CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
        CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
        CEM 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
        CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
        GLG 201 The Dynamic Earth 4
        GLG 421 Environmental Geochemistry 4
        MTH 132 Calculus I 3
        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
        STT 231 Statistics for Scientists 3
        ZOL 355 Ecology   3
        ZOL 355L Ecology Laboratory (W) 1
    b. The following courses in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (19 credits):  
      (1) All the following courses (16 credits):  
        MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3
        MMG 302 Introductory Laboratory for General 1
              and Allied Health Microbiology  
        MMG 408 Advanced Microbiology Laboratory (W) 3
        MMG 421 Prokaryotic Cell Physiology 3
        MMG 425 Microbial Ecology 3
        MMG 431 Microbial Genetics 3
      (2) One of the following two options (3 credits):  
        (a) MMG 491 Current Topics in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 3
        (b) MMG 492 Undergraduate Research Seminar 1
          One of the following courses:  
          MMG 499 Undergraduate Research 2
          MMG 499H Honors Research 2
          The completion of either of these two options fulfills the department's capstone course requirement.  
    c. One course from two of the following areas (6 credits):  
      (1) CSS 455 Pollutants in the Soil Environment 3
      (2) FOR 404 Forest Ecology 3
      (3) FSC 440 Food Microbiology 3
      (4) GEO 206 Physical Geography 3
        GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
      (5) MMG 426 Biogeochemistry 3
      (6) MMG 445 Microbial Biotechnology (W) 3
      (7) FOR 466 Natural Resource Policy 3
        ZOL 446 Environmental Issues and Public Policy 3
      (8) FW 420 Stream Ecology 3
        FW 472 Limnology 3



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Environmental Biology/Microbiology, BS (3965)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Biochemistry
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Biochemistry: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
1 course from BMB401
2 courses from BMB461, BMB462

Requirement 12: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Biology
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Biology: 2 courses from BS161, BS162

Requirement 13: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Biology Lab
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Biology Lab: 1 course from BS171, BS172

Requirement 14: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science: 1 course from CE280

Requirement 15: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Chemistry and Laboratory
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Chemistry and Laboratory: 4 courses from CEM141, CEM142, CEM161, CEM162

Requirement 16: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Organic Chemistry and Laboratory
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Organic Chemistry and Laboratory: 3 courses from CEM251, CEM252, CEM255

Requirement 17: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Soil Science
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Soil Science: 1 course from CSS210

Requirement 18: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - The Dynamic Earth
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - The Dynamic Earth: 1 course from GLG201

Requirement 19: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Environmental Geochemistry
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Environmental Geochemistry: 1 course from GLG421

Requirement 20: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Math and Statistics
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Math and Statistics: 2 courses from MTH132, STT231

Requirement 21: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Physics and Laboratory
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Physics and Laboratory: 4 courses from PHY231, PHY232, PHY251, PHY252

Requirement 22: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Ecology and Laboratory
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Ecology and Laboratory: 2 courses from ZOL355, ZOL355L

Requirement 23: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Core
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Core: 6 courses from MMG301, MMG302, MMG408, MMG421, MMG425, MMG431

Requirement 24: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Research
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Research: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
3 credits from MMG492, MMG499H
3 credits from MMG492, MMG499
3 credits from MMG491

Requirement 25: Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Required Area
Major - Environmental Biology/Microbiology - Required Area: The required number of courses from 2 of the following sets of courses
CSS455: 1 course
At least 1 course from CSS455
FOR404: 1 course
At least 1 course from FOR404
FSC440: 1 course
At least 1 course from FSC440
GEO: 1 course
At least 1 course from GEO206, GEO221
MMG426: 1 course
At least 1 course from MMG426
MMG445: 1 course
At least 1 course from MMG445
ZOL446 and FOR466: 1 course
At least 1 course from ZOL446, FOR466
FW420 and FW472: 1 course
At least 1 course from FW420, FW472

Requirement 26: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.

Requirement 27: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 28: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.