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2009-2010 University Catalog 
    
2009-2010 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Microbiology – Major


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Microbiology refers to the study of small organisms. The microscopic life forms (microbes) that the discipline investigates include archaebacteria, bacteria, fungi, and algae, as well as various animal microscopic parasites. The study of viruses is also a part of microbiology. Some microbes cause disease; however, most are not harmful to people, and many are beneficial.

Microbiologists are involved in exploiting microbes to improve our knowledge base, solve technical problems pertaining to food production and preservation, prevent or cure infectious diseases, produce alternative energy sources, and manage wastes. Microbiologists work in a wide variety of professional environments. The American Society for Microbiology has identified career opportunities in academic, clinical, industrial, and government settings for microbiologists with bachelor-level degrees. Furthermore, the undergraduate microbiology degree provides the background necessary to pursue graduate or professional education.

The microbiology curriculum meets the requirements of the American Society for Microbiology Core Curriculum and is structured, yet flexible enough, to provide students with additional exposure to the natural and physical sciences and humanities, plus independent study and directed research.

Microbiology Degree Requirements


To qualify for the degree of bachelor of science in microbiology, a minimum of 130 credit hours of approved courses is required, of which at least 45 credit hours must represent courses in the biological sciences. At the 200 level and above, only those credits for which a student has earned a grade of “C-” or better will count toward the minimum biological science credits required for graduation. Coursework used to meet the 45-credit minimum for the biological sciences must include the following:

Microbiology Program Electives (minimum of 11 credit hours required)


At least one elective course must have a laboratory component.

Additional Curricular Requirements


Footnotes:


  1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111/113 and CH 112/114.
  2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211/213 and CH 212/214.
  3. Qualified students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212.

Additional Information


Credit hours earned in a course of a biological nature offered by a department other than the Department of Biological Sciences may only be used to meet the minimum credits required to qualify for a bachelor of science in microbiology with written approval of the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.

Passing the writing proficiency examination is a graduation requirement for students who entered in Catalog Year 2008 or earlier (see Catalog Year for Degree Requirements). Students who have failed the examination are urged to seek assistance from the Writing Center. Students who entered in Catalog Year 2006 or earlier must also pass the computer competency requirement.

Sample Microbiology Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Year 2006 and earlier (graduating classes of 2008–2010)—with core curriculum.

First Year


Fall Semester


Qualified students may substitute CH 111/113 and CH 112/114 for CH 101/103 and CH 102/104.

Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


Qualified students may substitute CH 111/113 and CH 112/114 for CH 101/103 and CH 102/104.

Credits/Semester: 15


Second Year


Fall Semester


After consulting with the advisor, students may substitute CH 211/213 and CH 212/214 for CH 201/203 and CH 202/204.

  • Core Distribution Requirement Credits: 3
  • Social Sciences Fundamental Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


After consulting with the advisor, students may substitute CH 211/213 and CH 212/214 for CH 201/203 and CH 202/204.

  • Core Distribution Requirement Credits: 3
  • Social Sciences Fundamental Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18


Third Year


Fall Semester


Based on their achievement in first-year mathematics and after consulting with the advisor, students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212 for PY 201 and PY 202.

Credits/Semester: 17–18


Spring Semester


Based on their achievement in first-year mathematics and after consulting with the advisor, students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212 for PY 201 and PY 202.

  • Core Distribution Requirement Credits: 3
  • General Elective or Microbiology Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Biology Program Elective(s), Credits: 8
    A minimum of 11 credit hours of biology electives is required. At least one elective course must have a lab component. Students should consult with their advisor and the catalog for appropriate selection of elective courses.
  • Core Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Spring Semester 15


  • Biology Program Elective(s), Credits: 14
    A minimum of 11 credit hours of biology electives is required. At least one elective course must have a lab component. Students should consult with their advisor and the catalog for appropriate selection of elective courses.

Credits/Semester: 15


Total Minimum Credits: 130


Notes:


  1. All students must demonstrate competency in computer applications before progressing to the third year.
  2. Students must pass the writing proficiency examination as a requirement for graduation.
  3. Some courses are only offered every other year. Students should inquire about availability of courses in which they are interested to ensure that their schedules in the third and fourth years can accommodate these courses.

Sample Microbiology Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Years 2007 and 2008 (graduating classes of 2011 and 2012)—with general education.

 

First Year


Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18


Second Year


Fall Semester


Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 6

Credits/Semester: 16–17


Spring Semester


  • General Education Elective or Microbiology Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Microbiology Program Elective Credits: 6–8
  • Free Elective Credits: 3–4

Credits/Semester: 14–17


Spring Semester


  • Microbiology Program Elective Credits: 6–8
  • Free Elective Credits: 6–8

Credits/Semester: 13–17


Total Minimum Credits: 130


Footnotes:


  1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111/113 and CH 112/114 for CH 101/103 and CH 102/104.
  2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211/213 and CH 212/214 for CH 201/203 and CH 202/204.
  3. Qualified students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212 for PY 201 and PY 202.

Sample Microbiology Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Year 2009 and beyond (graduating classes of 2013 and beyond)—with general education.

First Year


Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18


Second Year


Fall Semester


Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18


Third Year


Spring Semester


  • General Education Elective or Microbiology Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 6

Credits/Semester: 16–17


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Microbiology Program Elective Credits: 6–8
  • Free Elective Credits: 3–4

Credits/Semester: 14–17


Spring Semester


  • Microbiology Program Elective Credits: 6–8
  • Free Elective Credits: 6–8

Credits/Semester: 13–17


Total Minimum Credits: 130


Footnotes:


  1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111/113 and CH 112/114 for CH 101/103 and CH 102/104.
  2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211/213 and CH 212/214 for CH 201/203 and CH 202/204.
  3. Qualified students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212 for PY 201 and PY 202.

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