Microbiology- Bachelor of Science

For more information, contact the Department of Microbiology, 32 Pearson Hall (513-529-5422).

The Bachelor of Science in Microbiology is designed to provide more in-depth study than the Bachelor of Arts, particularly in preparation for pursuit of a graduate degree in microbiology and related fields. As part of this preparation, students are required to conduct independent research leading to public presentation of their results.

No course required for the major in microbiology may be taken on a credit/no-credit basis. All 100-level microbiology courses that do not satisfy departmental degree requirements cannot be counted toward the GPA or the 40 hours required for the Bachelor of Science major in microbiology.

Program Requirements

(40 semester hours)

Core Courses (23 hours)

All of these:

BOT/MBI/ZOO 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity (4) or

MBI 121 Microbial World (3) and

MBI 123 Experimenting with Microbes (1)

BOT/MBI/ZOO 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular and Molecular Biology (4) or

ZOO 114 Principles of Biology (4)

MBI 201 General Microbiology I (4)

MBI 365 Molecular and Cellular Biology (3)

MBI 425 Microbial Physiology (4)

MBI 445 Microbial Genetics (3)

MBI 490 Undergraduate Seminar

Focus Courses (14 hours minimum)

Lab requirement: Select at least TWO of the following courses:

MBI 405 Medical Bacteriology (4)

MBI 415 Immunology Principles and Practice (4)

MBI 435 Medical Mycology (3)

MBI 475 Microbial Ecology (4)

MBI 485 Bioinformatics Principles (3)

Research requirement:

Select at least ONE of these courses:

MBI 465 Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory (2)

MBI 477 Independent Study (2)

Select additional Focus Courses, including from:

MBI 361 Epidemiology (3)

MBI 414 Immunology Principles (3)

MBI 464 Human Viruses (3)

MBI 495 Bacterial Cellular and Developmental Biology (3)

to total at least fourteen hours.

Note: Credit not given for both MBI 414 and MBI 415.

Elective Courses

Select from additional Focus Courses or from the following Elective Courses to complete the 40 required hours:

IES 275 Principles of Environmental Science (3)

MBI 256 Introduction to Programming for the Life Sciences (3)

MBI 333 Field Ecology (3)

MBI 364 Molecular Techniques (2)

MBI 402 Geomicrobiology (3)

MBI 424 Advanced Experimental Techniques in Structural and Functional Genomics (4)

MBI 440 Research Problems (2)

MBI 466 Bioinformatics Computing Skills (3)

MBI 477 Independent Study (1-4)

MBI 480 Departmental Honors (1-3)

Note: Credit not given for both MBI 364 and MBI 465.

Note: MBI 440, 440C, 477, 477C, 480, and 480C have a maximum of four credit hours that can receive a standard grade.

Related Hours (25-29 hours)

CHM 231 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (4) and

CHM 332 Outlines of Biochemistry (4) or

CHM 241, 242 Organic Chemistry (3, 3) and

CHM 244, 245 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2, 2)

MTH 151 Calculus I (5) and

STA 261 Statistics (4)

PHY 171, 172 College Physics (3, 3) and

PHY 173, 174 Introduction to Physics Laboratory (1, 1) or

PHY 181, 182 The Physical World (4, 4) and

PHY 183, 184 Introduction to Physics Laboratory (1, 1)

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