Undergraduate Degree - Environmental Biology/Microbiology

Environmental Biology/Microbiology
Program Code:
3965 Environ Biology/Microbiology
Program Level:
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
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Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

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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