Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Microbiology

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirement

  1. If two years of the same foreign language were taken in high school, then no additional language hours will be required. In the absence of such high school language, two semesters of the same modern language must be taken at the college level.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIO 1330
BIO 1130
4BIO 1331
BIO 1131
CHEM 11411CHEM 11421
CHEM 13413CHEM 13423
US 11001ENG 13203
ENG 13103HIST 13103
POSI 23103 
 15 14
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIO 24504BIO 24004
CHEM 21411CHEM 21421
CHEM 23413CHEM 23423
HIST 13203POSI 23203
Select one from the following:3 
 17 14
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIO Advanced Elective28BIO Advanced Electives2,3,43-4
PHYS 13153PHYS 13253
PHYS 11151PHYS 11251
PHIL 1305 or 13203COMM 13103
 Choose one course from the following:4
 15 14
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIO Advanced Electives2,3,43-4BIO 44164
Minor/Advanced Electives59-10BIO 43013
Social and Behavioral Sciences63Minor/Advanced Electives4,51-2
 English Literature63
 15 16
Total Hours: 120

Math requirements may be satisfied by taking MATH 2321 and MATH 2328, or MATH 2321 and MATH 2331, or MATH 2471 and MATH 2472.


Fifteen hours of advanced BIO electives are required of which 11-12 hours must be chosen from: BIO 3430 (fall), BIO 3442, BIO 4326/BIO 4126, BIO 4350R (spring), BIO 4366/BIO 4166, BIO 4446 (spring), BIO 4447 (fall), BIO 4448 (spring), BIO 4480 (fall), or BIO 4413 (fall) Junior year - 2nd Semester.


BIO 4447 can only be used to satisfy the physiology requirement or the advanced microbiology course requirement, but not both.


A minimum of 9 writing intensive hours and a total of 36 advanced hours are required to graduate.


Recommended minor is chemistry or biochemistry. Minor and electives should be chosen in consultation with the academic advisor.


See the Academic Services section of this catalog for general education core curriculum requirements.