B.S. Microbiology


Curriculum

All students in the Microbiology program must select one of three tracks. Which track you choose will depend on your career goals. And if you’re not sure which track is right for you, one of the faculty members in the program will help you find the best fit.

Click here to view a printable version of all Microbiology tracks.

BIOMEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY TRACK 

Learn answers to fundamental questions such as how and why infectious diseases occur. This track is recommended for students interested in laboratory-based research and who plan to attend a graduate or professional school.

 

Year 1

  Fall Semester
Credits
 Spring Semester
Credits
BIO 101 General Biology I 4 BIO 102  General Biology II 4
CHE 101 General Chemistry I  4 CHE 102 General Chemistry II 4
HUM 101 The Pre-Modern World 3 HUM 102 The Modern World 3
MAT 121 Calculus I  4 COM 115 Principles of Communication 3
        Elective 1  3
  Total 15   Total  17

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 240 Virology 3
        Elective 2  3
  Total 15   Total  17

year 3

Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
PSC 311 Biochemistry  3 BIO 365* Medical Mycology and Parasitology 3
PSC 315 Immunology 3 BIO 340 Microbial Genetics 3
BIO 370 Microbial Physiology 3 BIO 355 Biomedical Lab Techniques II 3
BIO 350 Biomedical Lab Techniques I 3 BIO 235 Cell Biology  3
  Elective 3  3   Elective 4 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
CHE 253 Scientific Communication  2 BIO 680 Bacterial Pathogenesis 3
BIO 660G Journal Club  1 BIO 660G Journal Club 1
  Track Elective I 3   Track Elective II 3
  Elective 5 3   Elective 7  3
  Elective 6  3      
  Total 15   Total 13

 

PUBLIC HEALTH MICROBIOLOGY/INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY TRACK

Learn how we track the prevalence and spread of infectious diseases. The research associated with this track is computer-based and takes place outside the laboratory. This track is also geared towards those seeking to continue their education.

 

Year 1

  Fall Semester
Credits
 Spring Semester
Credits
BIO 101 General Biology I 4 BIO 102 General Biology II 4
CHE 101 General Chemistry I 4 CHE 102 General Chemistry II 4
HUM 101 The Pre-Modern World 3 HUM 102 The Modern World 3
MAT 121 Calculus I 4 COM 115 Principles of Communication 3
        Elective I 3
  Total 15   Total  17

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   Elective II 3
  Track Elective I 3      
  Total 18   Total  14

year 3

Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
PSC 311 Biochemistry 3 BIO 235* Cell Biology 3
PSC 315 Immunology 3 BIO 340 Microbial Genetics 3
BIO 350 Biomedical Lab Techniques I 3 BIO 355 Biomedical Lab Techniques II 3
BIO 370 Microbial Phyisology 3 PAD 393 Intro to Epidemiology 3
BIO 315 Public Health Microbiology 3   Elective III 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
CHE 253 Scientific Communication 2 PBH 330 Global Perspectives in Epi. 3
BIO 660G Journal Club 1 BIO 660G Journal Club 1
  Track Elective II 3   Elective 6 3
  Elective 4 3   Elective 7 3
  Elective 5 3      
  Total 15   Total 13

 

INDUSTRIAL MICROBIOLOGY/PHARMACEUTICAL MICROBIOLOGY

Learn the skills required to assure the quality and sterility of products ranging from food to pharmaceuticals. This track is recommended for students who plan to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

 

Year 1

  Fall Semester
Credits
 Spring Semester
Credits
BIO 101 General Biology I 4 BIO 102 General Biology II 4
CHE 101 General Chemistry I 4 CHE 102 General Chemistry II 4
HUM 101 The Pre-Modern World 3 HUM 102 The Modern World 3
MAT 121 Calculus I 4 COM 115 Principles of Communication 3
        Elective I 3
  Total 15   Total  17

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 260 Public Health Toxicology 3
        Elective 2 3
  Total 15   Total  17

year 3

Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
PSC 311 Biochemistry 3 BIO 235* Cell Biology 3
PSC 315 Immunology 3 BIO 340 Microbial Genetics 3
BIO 370 Microbial Physiology 3 BIO 355 Biomedical Lab Techniques II 3
BIO 350 Biomedical Lab Techniques I 3 BIO 410 Pharmaceutical Microbiology 3
  Track Elective I 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
CHE 253 Scientific Communication 2 BIO 660G Journal Club 1
BIO 660G Journal Club 1 BIO 360 Industrial Micro/Bioprocessing 3
PSC 431 Foundations of Pharm. Sci. 2   Elective 6 3
  Elective 4 4   Elective 7 3
  Track Elective II 3      
  Elective 5 3      
  Total 18   Total 13

 

*Spring 2018 graduates may substitute PSC 312: Molecular Biology course for BIO 235: Cell Biology. Graduates after Spring 2018 are required to take Cell Biology.