Microbiology - BS

The degree program in Microbiology is designed to provide a comprehensive education in the biology of microorganisms. A graduate of this program will have a thorough grounding in the classical areas of microbial physiology and biochemistry, microbial genetics, and developing areas like the molecular biology of microorganisms. The curriculum provides excellent training toward a career in any one of many areas of industrial microbiology and public health services. It is also an ideal preparation for advanced study or professional school in medicine, dentistry and other related fields, especially medical technology and biotechnology.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
MATH 147 Calculus I for Biological Sciences 4
Communication elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 148 Calculus II for Biological Sciences 4
Communication elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 213 Molecular Cell Biology 3
CHEM 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
American history elective 1,2 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BIOL 214 Genes, Ecology and Evolution 3
CHEM 228
CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
PHYS 202 College Physics 4
American history elective 1,2 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours58

The following are CBK courses and must be completed prior to the start of 5th full semester: BIOL 111, BIOL 112, BIOL 213, BIOL 214, CHEM 101 & CHEM 111, CHEM 102 & CHEM 112, CHEM 227 & CHEM 237, CHEM 228 & CHEM 238, MATH 147, MATH 148.

Plan of Study Grid
Third Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BICH 410 Comprehensive Biochemistry I 3
BIOL 351 Fundamentals of Microbiology 3 4
GENE 302
GENE 312
Principles of Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
4
STAT 302 Statistical Methods 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BICH 411 Comprehensive Biochemistry II 3
BICH 414 Biochemical Techniques I 2
Social and behavioral science elective 3
Elective 4 5
POLS 207 State and Local Government 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
BIOL 406/GENE 406 Bacterial Genetics 3
POLS 206 American National Government 5 3
Select directed electives from the list below 3 7
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 438 Bacterial Physiology 4
Select a directed elective from the list below 3
Creative arts elective 3
Elective 4 6
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours62

Total Program Hours 120

Directed Electives

One course may be chosen from the following:
Any 300-400 level BIOL course
OCNG 420Biological Oceanography3
Select remaining courses from the following:
Industrial Microbiology
BIOL 352Diagnostic Bacteriology4
BIOL 414Developmental Biology3
BIOL 430Biological Imaging4
BIOL 450/BICH 450Genomics4
BIOL 461Antimicrobial Agents1
BESC 401Bioenvironmental Microbiology3
BESC 402Microbial Processes in Bioremediation3
Environmental Microbiology
BIOL 352Diagnostic Bacteriology4
BIOL 430Biological Imaging4
BIOL 440Marine Biology4
SCSC 405Soil and Water Microbiology3
BESC 401Bioenvironmental Microbiology3
BESC 402Microbial Processes in Bioremediation3
BESC 403Sampling and Environmental Monitoring3
Medical Microbiology
BIOL 352Diagnostic Bacteriology4
BIOL 437Molecular and Human Medical Mycology3
BIOL 445Biology of Viruses3
BIOL 454Immunology3
BIOL 455Laboratory in Immunology2
BIOL 456Medical Microbiology3
VTPB 452Clinical Veterinary Mycology3
VTPB 487/BIOL 487Biomedical Parasitology4
Molecular Microbiology
BIOL 352Diagnostic Bacteriology4
BIOL 413Cell Biology3
BIOL 430Biological Imaging4
BIOL 445Biology of Viruses3