Microbiology- Bachelor of Arts

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

The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for students interested in a career in microbiology, the life or health sciences, or environmental sciences. Students who anticipate graduate study in microbiology should elect the B.S. in Microbiology program.

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 courses cannot be counted toward the GPA or the 32 hours required for the Bachelor of Arts major in microbiology.

Program Requirements

(32 semester hours)

Core Courses (16 hours)

All of these:

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

MBI 121, 123 The Microbial World/Experimenting with Microbes (3, 1) or

MBI 161 Elementary Medical Microbiology (4)

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

BIO 114 Principles of Biology (4)

MBI 201 General Microbiology (4)

MBI 365 Molecular and Cellular Biology (3)

MBI 490 Undergraduate Seminar (1)

Focus Courses (14 hours minimum)

Select courses such that there is:

1) at least 1 course from each of the following groups (Biomedical, Integrative and Advanced core) and

2) at least 2 four-semester hour lab courses

Biomedical courses:

MBI 361 Epidemiology (3)

MBI 405 Medical Bacteriology (4)

MBI 414 Immunology Principles (3)

MBI 415 Immunology Principles and Practice (4)

MBI 435 Medical Mycology (3)

MBI 464 Human Viruses (3)

Integrative courses:

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

MBI 465 Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory (2)

MBI 475 Microbial Ecology (4)

MBI 485 Principles of Bioinformatics (3)

MBI 495 Bacterial Cell Biology (3)

Advanced core:

MBI 425 Microbial Physiology (4)

MBI 445 Microbial Genetics (3)

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

Elective Courses

Select from additional Focus Courses, from the following Elective Courses (Microbiology at the 200-level or higher) or from Biology or Chemistry (at the 300-level or higher) to complete the 32 required hours.

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 440 Research Problems (2)

MBI 466 Bioinformatics Computing Skills (3)

MBI 477 Independent Study (1-4)

MBI 480 Departmental Honors (1-3)

MBI 490 Undergraduate Seminar

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 (20-25 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) or

STA 261 Statistics (4)

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

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

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

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

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following courses: MBI 201, 365, and 490.

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