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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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