B.S. Microbiology


Curriculum

BS IN MICROBIOLOGY REQUIRED COURSES

All students, regardless of track selected, will complete the following core curriculum. Students will be required to complete one of the tracks described below. Each track contains 9-11 credits of required courses. Students must also choose 5-6 credits from a list of approved track electives.

CORE CURRICULUM

Basic Sciences: 39 required credits

  • BIO 111 and 121: General Biology I and II (4, 4)
  • CHE 111 and CHE 121: General Chemistry I and II (4, 4)
  • CHE 201 and 202: Organic Chemistry I and II (4, 4)
  • PHY 212 and 222: College Physics I and II (4, 4)
  • MAT 121: Calculus I (4)
  • MAT 145: Elementary Statistics (3)

Humanities and Communication: 14 required credits1

  • HUM 101, 102 and 201: The Pre-Modern World (3), The Modern World (3), The Contemporary World (3)
  • COM 115: Principles of Communication (3)
  • BIO 253: Scientific Communications (2) [or other comparable course(s)]2

Microbiology: 33 required credits

  • BIO 210: Microbiology (4)
  • PSC 315: Immunology (3)
  • CHE 311 or PSC 311: Biochemistry (3)
  • BIO 235: Cell Biology (3)
  • BIO 340: Microbial Genetics (3)
  • BIO 370: Microbial Physiology (3)
  • BIO 350 and 355: Biomedical Laboratory Techniques I and II (3, 3)3
  • BIO 345: Microbiology Journal Club (1+1) – course is taken twice
  • BIO 380: Microbiology Seminar (0)- every semester.
  • BIO 480 and BIO 485: Microbiology Capstone Experience I and II (3, 3)

Options for Microbiology Capstone Experience - Research (a minimum of 3 credits), Internships, and/or Independent Projects. The plan for the Capstone Experience should be developed by the student in conjunction with the faculty adviser and Program Director and approved in spring of the Junior Year.

TRACK ELECTIVES

BIOMEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY TRACK

  • BIO 240: Virology (3)
  • BIO 365: Medical Mycology and Parasitology (3)
  • BIO 680G: Bacterial Pathogenesis (3)

A minimum of 5 credits chosen from BIO 225: Genetics (3), BIO 213: Anatomy & Physiology I (3), BIO 215: Anatomy & Physiology II (3), PSC 321: Physiology/Pathophysiology I (3), PSC 322: Physiology/Pathophysiology II (3), BIO 625G: Advanced Molecular Biology (3), BIO 630G: Advanced Cell Biology (3), BIO 690G: Viral Pathogenesis (3), BIO 627G: Innate Immunology (3), BHS 745G: Molecular Diagnostics (3). Other courses may be counted at the discretion of the Program Director.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY & PUBLIC HEALTH MICROBIOLOGY TRACK

  • PBH 120: Introduction to Public Health (3)
  • PBH 350: Epidemiology (3)
  • BIO 315: Public Health Microbiology (3)

A minimum of 5 credits chosen from BIO 213: Anatomy & Physiology I (3), BIO 215: Anatomy & Physiology II (3), PBH 220: Environmental Health (3), PBH 320: Geography of Health (3), SOC 335: Global Health (3), PHM 350, 450: Applied Methods in Epidemiological Research (3), PAD 693: Epidemiology I (3).  Other courses may be counted at the discretion of the Program Director.

INDUSTRIAL & BIOPHARMACEUTICAL MICROBIOLOGY TRACK

  • BIO 348: Microbial Fermentation (3)
  • BIO 331: Mammalian Cell Culture (3)
  • BIO 410: Pharmaceutical Microbiology (3)

A minimum of 5 credits chosen from PSC 312: Regulatory Science, PHM 324: Pharmaceuticals and Biopharmaceuticals Industry Entrepreneurship, PSC 625G: Clinical Biochemistry, BIO 641G: Current Topics in Biopharmaceutical Technology. Other courses may be counted at the discretion of the Program Director.

TOTAL CREDITS: 121-124 CREDITS

1All incoming students are assessed for their writing ability. The assessment is designed to direct students to the courses for which they are best prepared in the first year of the curriculum.

2,3 Students in Industrial Microbiology Track will replace BIO 355: Biomedical Lab Techniques II with PSC 320: Downstream Processing of Biopharmaceutical Products; and BIO 253: Scientific Communication with PSC 610G: Technical Writing for the Biopharmaceutical Industry

Electives: 21 credits

At least 9 credits must be in the humanities or social sciences.

BIOMEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY TRACK

This track will train graduates in understanding how infectious diseases occur. It will serve as the foundation for advanced graduate studies in Microbiology, Immunology, Virology, Cell Biology, and Molecular Biology. Graduates would be prepared for entry into the professional schools such as medicine, physician assistant, veterinary, dental, and other health professions. Graduates may also find jobs in academic and industrial research laboratories working in the area of microbiology, immunology, and infectious diseases.

BIOMEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY TRACK SAMPLE SCHEDULE

 

YEAR 1
Fall semester Credits   Spring Semester Credits
BIO 111 General Biology I 4 BIO 121 General Biology II 4
CHE 111 General Chemistry I 4 CHE 121 General Chemistry II 4
HUM 101 The Pre-Modern World 3 HUM 102 The Modern World 3
COM 115 Principles of Communication 3 MAT 121 Calculus I 4
  Total 14   Total 15
Year 2
Fall semester Credits   Spring Semester Credits
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry I 4 CHE 212 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHY 212 College Physics I 4 PHY 222 College Physics II 4
HUM 201 The Contemporary World 3 MAT 145 Elementary Statistics 3
BIO 210 Microbiology 4 BIO 235 Cell Biology 3
        Elective 1 3
  Total 15   Total 17
Year 3
Fall semester Credits   Spring Semester Credits
CHE 311 Biochemistry 3 BIO 240 Virology 3
PSC 315 Immunology 3 BIO 365 Med. Mycology and Parasitology 3
BIO 370 Microbial Physiology 3 BIO 340 Microbial Genetics 3
BIO 350 Biomedical Lab Techniques I 3 BIO 355 Biomedical Lab Techniques II 3
  Elective 2 3   Elective 3 3
  Total 15   Total 15
Year 4
Fall semester Credits   Spring Semester Credits
BIO 480 Micro. Capstone Experience I 3 BIO 485 Micro. Capstone Experience II 3
BIO 253 Scientific Communication 2 BIO 680G Bacterial Pathogenesis 3
BIO 345 Journal Club 1 BIO 345 Journal Club 1
  Track Elective I 3   Track Elective II 3
  Elective 4 3   Elective 6 3
  Elective 5 3   Elective 7 3
  Total 15     Total 16

*All students will register for BIO 380 Microbiology Seminar (0 credits) every semester.

BIOMEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY TRACK ELECTIVES

BIO 240: Virology (3)

BIO 365: Medical Mycology and Parasitology (3)

BIO 680G: Bacterial Pathogenesis (3)

A minimum of 5 credits chosen from BIO 225: Genetics (3), BIO 213: Anatomy & Physiology I (3), BIO 215: Anatomy & Physiology II (3), PSC 321: Physiology/Pathophysiology I (3), PSC 322: Physiology/Pathophysiology II (3), BIO 625G: Advanced Molecular Biology (3), BIO 630G: Advanced Cell Biology (3), BIO 690G: Viral Pathogenesis (3), BIO 627G: Innate Immunology (3), BHS 745G: Molecular Diagnostics (3). Other courses may be counted at the discretion of the Program Director.

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INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY & PUBLIC HEALTH MICROBIOLOGY

This trackwill offer instruction on the concepts, methods, and application of epidemiological principles related to infectious diseases. Graduates of the program will have an in-depth understanding of the major laboratory and public health aspects of microbial pathogens. They will gain epidemiologic skills relevant to the prevention and control of problems arising from infectious diseases. Graduates will be prepared for careers in academic laboratories, international health agencies, nongovernmental organizations and private consulting groups. In addition, they may work in federal, state and local public health agencies or state and local public health laboratories where their technical expertise and population-based perspective on infectious diseases will be extremely useful.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY & PUBLIC HEALTH MICROBIOLOGY TRACK SAMPLE SCHEDULE
Year 1
Fall semester Credits   Spring Semester Credits
BIO 111 General Biology I 4 BIO 121 General Biology II 4
CHE 111 General Chemistry I 4 CHE 121 General Chemistry II 4
HUM 101 The Pre-Modern World 3 HUM 102 The Modern World 3
COM 115 Principles of Communication 3 MAT 121 Calculus I 4
  Total 14   Total 15
Year 2
Fall semester Credits   Spring Semester Credits
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry I 4 CHE 212 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHY 212 College Physics I 4 PHY 222 College Physics II 4
HUM 201 The Contemporary World 3 MAT 145 Elementary Statistics 3
BIO 210 Microbiology 4 BIO 235 Cell Biology 3
SOC 120 Introduction to Public Health 3   Elective 1 3
  Total 18   Total 17
Year 3
Fall semester Credits   Spring Semester Credits
CHE 311 Biochemistry 3 BIO 340 Microbial Genetics 3
PSC 315 Immunology 3 BIO 355 Biomedical Lab Techniques II 3
BIO 370 Microbial Physiology 3   Track Elective I 3
BIO 350 Biomedical Lab Techniques I 3   Elective 2 3
BIO 315 Public Health Microbiology 3   Elective 3 3
  Total 15   Total 15
Year 4
Fall semester Credits   Spring Semester Credits
BIO 480 Micro. Capstone Experience I 3 BIO 485 Micro. Capstone Experience II 3
BIO 253 Scientific Communication 2   Track Elective II 3
BIO 345 Journal Club 1 BIO 345 Journal Club 1
PBH 350 Epidemiology 3   Elective 6 3
  Elective 4 3   Elective 7 3
  Elective 5 3      
  Total 15     Total 13

*All students will register for BIO 380 Microbiology Seminar (0 credits) every semester.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY & PUBLIC HEALTH MICROBIOLOGY TRACK ELECTIVES

PBH 120: Introduction to Public Health (3)

PBH 350: Epidemiology (3)

BIO 315: Public Health Microbiology (3)

A minimum of 5 credits chosen from BIO 213: Anatomy & Physiology I (3), BIO 215: Anatomy & Physiology II (3), PBH 220: Environmental Health (3), PBH 320: Geography of Health (3), SOC 335: Global Health (3), PHM 350, 450: Applied Methods in Epidemiological Research (3), PAD 693: Epidemiology I (3).  Other courses may be counted at the discretion of the Program Director.

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INDUSTRIAL & BIOPHARMACEUTICAL MICROBIOLOGY

This track will prepare the students for the scientific principles, techniques and skills required in industrial and biopharmaceutical microbiology. Specialized study will include bioprocessing and biomanufacturing including microbial fermentation, mammalian cell culture, and downstream processing of biopharmaceutical products. The program will focus on pharmaceutical microbiology including microbial contamination prevention, investigation, control and aseptic processing, and principles of Good Manufacturing Practices. Graduates will also acquire knowledge in regulatory affairs.

INDUSTRIAL & BIOPHARMACEUTICAL MICROBIOLOGY TRACK SAMPLE SCHEDULE
Year 1
Fall semester Credits   Spring Semester Credits
BIO 111 General Biology I 4 BIO 121 General Biology II 4
CHE 111 General Chemistry I 4 CHE 121 General Chemistry II 4
HUM 101 The Pre-Modern World 3 HUM 102 The Modern World 3
COM 115 Principles of Communication 3 MAT 121 Calculus I 4
        Elective 1 3
  Total 14   Total 18
Year 2
Fall semester Credits   Spring Semester Credits
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry I 4 CHE 212 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHY 212 College Physics I 4 PHY 222 College Physics II 4
HUM 201 The Contemporary World 3 MAT 145 Elementary Statistics 3
BIO 210 Microbiology 4 BIO 235 Cell Biology 3
  Elective 2 3   Elective 3 3
  Total  18   Total  17
Year 3
Fall semester Credits   Spring Semester Credits
CHE 311 Biochemistry 3 BIO 331 Mammalian Cell Culture 3
PSC 315 Immunology 3 BIO 340 Microbial Genetics 3
BIO 348 Microbial Fermentation 3 PSC 320 Downstream Processing of Biopharmaceutical Products 3
BIO 350 Biomedical Lab Techniques I 3 BIO 410 Pharmaceutical Microbiology 3
PSC 610 Technical Writing for Biopharmaceutical Industry 2   Track Elective I 3
  Elective 4 3      
  Total  17   Total  15
Year 4
Fall semester Credits   Spring Semester Credits
BIO 480 Micro. Capstone Experience I 3   INDUSTRY CO-OP 0
BIO 370 Microbial Physiology 3 BIO 485 Micro. Capstone Experience II 3
BIO 345 Journal Club 1 BIO 345 Journal Club 1
  Track Elective II 3   Elective 7 3
  Elective 5 3      
  Elective 6 3        
  Total  16     Total  7

*All students will register for BIO 380 Microbiology Seminar (0 credits) every semester.

INDUSTRIAL & BIOPHARMACEUTICAL MICROBIOLOGY TRACK ELECTIVES 

BIO 331: Mammalian Cell Culture (3)BIO 348: Microbial Fermentation (3)

BIO 410: Pharmaceutical Microbiology (3)

A minimum of 5 credits chosen from PSC 312: Regulatory Science, PHM 324: Pharmaceuticals and Biopharmaceuticals Industry Entrepreneurship, PSC 625G: Clinical Biochemistry, BIO 641G: Current Topics in Biopharmaceutical Technology. Other courses may be counted at the discretion of the Program Director.

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