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.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
MATH 147Calculus I for Biological Sciences 4
Communication elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 148Calculus II for Biological Sciences 4
Communication elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 213Molecular Cell Biology 3
CHEM 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
PHYS 201College Physics 4
American history elective 1,23
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BIOL 214Genes, Ecology and Evolution 3
CHEM 228
CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
PHYS 202College Physics 4
American history elective 1,23
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 58
1

Students seeking teacher certification must take HIST 105 and HIST 106. Other students may choose HIST 105 and HIST 106 or any 6 hours of American history courses (3 hours may be in Texas history).

2

Students successfully completing the required four semesters of upper-level ROTC courses may substitute these courses for 3 hours of American history and 3 hours of government/political science.

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.

Third Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BICH 410Comprehensive Biochemistry I 3
BIOL 351Fundamentals of Microbiology 34
GENE 302
GENE 312
Principles of Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
4
STAT 302Statistical Methods 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BICH 411Comprehensive Biochemistry II 3
BICH 414Biochemical Techniques I 2
Social and behavioral science elective 3
Elective 45
POLS 207State and Local Government 53
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
BIOL 406/GENE 406Bacterial Genetics 3
POLS 206American National Government 53
Select directed electives from the list below 37
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 438Bacterial Physiology 4
Select a directed elective from the list below 3
Creative arts elective 3
Elective 46
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 62
3

Two courses in the major must be designated as writing intensive.

4

Courses that cannot be used as free electives are: one hour introductory classes (BIMS 101, AGLS 101, etc.); MATH 102, MATH103; BIOL 101, BIOL 107BIOL 113, BIOL 206; Corps-required courses (MILS, NVSC, AERS); CHEM 106/CHEM 116.

5

Students successfully completing the required four semesters of upper-level ROTC courses may substitute these courses for 3 hours of American history and 3 hours of government/political science. 

Directed Electives

Select one course 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 Microbiology4
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 Microbiology4
VTPB 452Clinical Veterinary Mycology3
VTPB 487/BIOL 487Biomedical Parasitology4
Molecular Microbiology
BIOL 352Diagnostic Bacteriology4
BIOL 413Cell Biology3
BIOL 430Biological Imaging4
BIOL 445Biology of Viruses3