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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Microbiology: Biomedicine Concentration, BS

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Program Description

Microbiology deals with the study of bacteria, viruses, yeasts, filamentous fungi, protozoa, and unicellular algae. Microbiologists seek to describe these organisms in terms of their structures, functions, and processes of reproduction, growth, and death at both the cellular and molecular levels. They are also concerned with their ecology, particularly in regard to their pathological effects on man, and with their economic importance.

The Microbiology major provides a thorough training in the basic microbiological skills. Further, students receive instruction in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biochemistry, all essential to the training of a modern microbiologist. Students can prepare for a variety of careers through a wide choice of electives. Microbiology graduates may enter graduate school in microbiology, biochemistry, bioengineering, or related disciplines; they may enter medical or dental schools or pursue careers in one of the many industries or public service departments dependent upon microbiology. Some of these are the fermentation and drug industries, medical and public health microbiology, various food industries, and agriculture.

Microbiology majors planning to apply for admission to a medical or dental school should inform their advisors immediately upon entering the program.

The Microbiology curriculum with a Biomedicine Concentration is recommended for students planning postgraduate programs. It is especially suited for students interested in the study of infectious disease.

Program Requirements

Freshman Year

First Semester

Credit Hours: 17

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 17

Junior Year

Senior Year

Credit Hours: 14

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 16

Total Credits: 125


1 BIOL 1100  and BIOL 1110  are strongly recommended; however, BIOL 1030 /BIOL 1050  may substitute for BIOL 1100 , and BIOL 1040 /BIOL 1060  may substitute for BIOL 1110 . The remaining 1-2 credits required must be satisfied by completing 1-2 extra credits.

2 See General Education Requirements .

3 MATH 1080  or STAT 2300  or other approved coursework. See advisor. Medical and dental schools have different mathematics requirements. Statistics will be useful in both graduate school and professional school.

4 See General Education Requirements . Six of these credit hours must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness and Science and Technology in Society Requirements. The Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT) includes questions on psychology and sociology.

5 Elective hours may be used toward satisfying the requirements of a minor.

6 BCHM 3010  may be substituted.

7 GEN 3020  may be substituted.

8 PHYS 1220 /PHYS 1240  may be substituted.

9 See advisor. A minimum of nine credits selected from: BCHM 4320 , BCHM 4400 , BIOL 3150 , BIOL 3160 , BIOL 3940 BIOL 4030 , BIOL 4200 , BIOL 4250 , BIOL 4340 , BIOL 4560 , BIOL 4670 , BIOL 4840 , BIOL 4890 , BIOL 4910 , BIOL 4940 , BIOL 4950 , HLTH 3800 , MICR 3940 , MICR 4000 , MICR 4050 MICR 4190 , MICR 4910 , MICR 4940 , or MICR 4950 .

10 ENGL 3140  may be substituted.

11 PHYS 2210 /PHYS 2230  may be substituted.

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