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Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology

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Majors and Concentrations

Bachelor’s degree requirements in biology are modified as necessary. Current requirements are available in the KUUB office and online. Major programs are offered in biochemistry, biology, human biology, and microbiology. Students may choose to concentrate in a range of specialties in the biological sciences, such as botany, cellular biology, developmental biology, environmental biology, ecology, entomology, genetics, marine biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, paleontology, physiology, systematics, or zoology (invertebrate or vertebrate).

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Because biology study requires preparation in other sciences, students should begin meeting major requirements in the first year. It is particularly important to take CHEM 184 and CHEM 188 in the first year and, for several majors, to take CHEM 624, CHEM 625, CHEM 626, and CHEM 627 in the second year. Ideally, most majors should also take BIOL 150 and BIOL 152 during the first year. Students who have taken BIOL 100 and BIOL 102, have earned an A or B in both courses, and have decided to major in a biological science should consult a KUUB adviser to request permission to substitute BIOL 100 and BIOL 102 for BIOL 150.

Requirements for the B.A. Major in Microbiology

Course work allows students to study microbiology as part of their general education and provides a background for teachers. It also prepares students for work in medical, public health, research, and industrial laboratories; for graduate, medical, or dental school; or for the clinical laboratory sciences program.

For general requirements for the B.A. degree, see CLAS General Education Degree Requirements on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements page.

Students must complete at least 124 hours (45 junior/senior hours) to graduate.

Microbiology Core Requirements 9-10 hours
  • BIOL 400 Fundamentals of Microbiology (or BIOL 401 Honors) (3)
  • BIOL 402 Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory (2)
  • BIOL 599 Senior Seminar: Current Progress in Microbiology (must be taken in senior year) (1)
  • 1 of the following 2 courses:
    BIOL 516 Microbial Physiology (3)
    BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures (4)
General Science Requirements 34-35 hours

Note: Students planning graduate study should complete a year of organic chemistry (CHEM 624, CHEM 625, CHEM 626, CHEM 627) and a year of biochemistry (BIOL 636, BIOL 637, BIOL 638).

Microbiology Electives and Laboratory Requirements 15 hours

15 hours including 3 laboratory courses, selected from:

Elective Requirements 3 hours
  • Biology courses numbered 400 or higher selected in consultation with a microbiology adviser.

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