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 1,2 4
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 2 4
Select one of the following: 2,3 4
Calculus I for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Calculus I  
Communication 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 1, 2 4
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 2 4
Select one of the following: 2 3-4
Calculus II for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics II  
Calculus II  
Elementary Statistical Inference  
Communication 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 213 Molecular Cell Biology 2 3
CHEM 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
4
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
American history 4,5 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BIOL 214 Genes, Ecology and Evolution 2 3
CHEM 228
CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
4
PHYS 202 College Physics 4
American history 4,5 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours57

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 119 , CHEM 120 , CHEM 227 & CHEM 237, CHEM 228 & CHEM 238, MATH 147, MATH 148 or STAT 201.

Plan of Study Grid
Third Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BICH 410
Comprehensive Biochemistry I
or Biochemistry I
3
BIOL 351 Fundamentals of Microbiology 4
GENE 302
GENE 312
Principles of Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
4
STAT 312 Statistics for Biology 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BICH 411
Comprehensive Biochemistry II
or Biochemistry II
3
BICH 414
Biochemical Techniques I
or Laboratory in Molecular Genetics
2
POLS 206 American National Government 5 3
Social and behavioral science 3
General elective 6 6
 Semester Credit Hours17
Fourth Year
Fall
BIOL 406/GENE 406 Bacterial Genetics 3
BIOL 445
Biology of Viruses
or Immunology
3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 5 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Directed electives 7, 8 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 438 Bacterial Physiology 3
Creative arts 3
Directed elective 7, 8 3
General elective 7 7
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours63

Total Program Hours 120

Directed Electives

Select one course from the following:
BIOL 300-499
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 445Biology of Viruses3
BIOL 454Immunology3
BIOL 455Laboratory in Immunology2
BIOL 456Medical Microbiology3
VTPB 487/BIOL 487Biomedical Parasitology4
Molecular Microbiology
BIOL 352Diagnostic Bacteriology4
BIOL 413Cell Biology3
BIOL 430Biological Imaging4
BIOL 445Biology of Viruses3