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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Science, Eberly College

Microbiology

University Park, Eberly College of Science (MICRB)

PROFESSOR Meredith Rosser Defelice, in charge

Microbiology is the science of the "simple" forms of life and of the response of more complex life forms to their presence and activities. Students in the Microbiology major will (1) complete a comprehensive study of life processes at the molecular and cellular level, with particular emphasis on prokaryotes, and (2) perform basic and advanced techniques in laboratory methodology. Through advanced course study, the many subdisciplines of microbiology such as molecular genetics, immunology, and virology may be explored more fully. Ample opportunities exist for participation in faculty-initiated research projects. Extensive laboratory experience is a particular strength of the major. Courses in such applied areas as industrial, medical, and food microbiology help prepare students for careers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnical, and agricultural industries.

In order to be eligible for entrance to the Microbiology major, a student must have: (1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average and (2) completed CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), and MATH 140 GQ(4) and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

For the B.S. degree in Microbiology, a minimum of 125 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 95 credits[86]
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (64 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1)[1], CHEM 112 GN(3)[1], CHEM 113 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4), MICRB 201(3)[85], MICRB 202(2), PSU 16(1) (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
BMB 442(3), BIOL 322(3), CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2), MICRB 251(3)[85], MICRB 252(3)[85]  (Sem: 3-4)
BMB 400(2), BMB 401(3), BMB 402(3), MICRB 421(3) (Sem: 5-6)
BMB 428(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21-23 credits)
Select any four of the following: MICRB 401(3), MICRB 410(3), MICRB 412(3), MICRB 415(3), or MICRB 450(2) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3-4 credits from BMB 445(2), BMB 448(2), MICRB 422(2), MICRB 447(1) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6-7 credits from FDSC 408(2), BMB 408(1-2), BMB 488(2), BMB 496(1-18) or any other MICRB 400-level course, with a total maximum of 3 credits in BMB 408 and/or MICRB 408 and a maximum of 4 credits in BMB 488 and/or BMB 496 (1-18) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (8-10 credits)
Select 8-10 credits from department list (Sem: 5-8)

Note: A student enrolled in an ROTC program may, after consultation with the head of the microbiology program, substitute up to 6 credits of ROTC in the categories of Additional Courses and Supporting Courses and Related Areas.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[85] To graduate, a grade of C or better is required in two of the following courses: MICRB 201, BMB/MICRB 251, BMB/MICRB 252.
[86] To graduate, a grade of C or better is required in 9 credits of any BMB, or MICRB 400-level course except BMB 443, BMB 445, BMB 448, BMB 488, BMB 496, MICRB 421, MICRB 422, MICRB 442, MICRB 447.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-01-136

Review Date: 08/23/16

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06

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