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Bachelor of Science 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.S. Degree in Microbiology

General Education Requirements
33 hours

The following general education requirements must be completed by all students pursuing a B.S. in biochemistry, biology, microbiology, or molecular biosciences.

Microbiology Requirements 29 hours
  • BIOL 400 Fundamentals of Microbiology (or BIOL 401 Honors) (3)
  • BIOL 402 Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory (2)
  • BIOL 416 Cell Structure and Function (3)
  • BIOL 503 Immunology (3)
  • BIOL 504 Immunology Laboratory (2)
  • BIOL 506 Pathogenic Microbiology (3)
  • BIOL 507 Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory (2)
  • BIOL 512 General Virology (3)
  • BIOL 513 Virology Laboratory (2)
  • BIOL 518 Microbial Genetics (3)
  • BIOL 519 Microbial Genetics Laboratory (2)
  • BIOL 599 Senior Seminar: Current Progress in Microbiology (must be taken in senior year) (1)
General Science Requirements 49-50 hours
Elective Requirements 6 hours

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