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Microbiology (MICRB) - Archive

Begin Date: Summer Session 1997
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Microbiology (MICRB) - Archive


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 procaryotes, and (2) perform basic and advanced techniques in laboratory methodology. Through advanced course study, the many subdisciplines of microbiology such as molecular genetices, 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 applied areas of microbiology, such as industrial, medical, and food, help prepare students for careers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnical, and agricultural industries.

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

MICROBIOLOGY MINOR: Students must take MICRB 201(3), 202(2); MICRB 251(3); MICRB 410(3); MICRB 421W(3) or 422(2); select 4-5 credits from 400-level MICRB courses (MICRB 400(2), 408(1-2), 496(1-18), and 497(1-9) may not be used to fulfill this requirement), for a total of 18 credits.

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

(15 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)

CHEM 012 GN(3)[1], 013 GN(3)[1], 014 GN(1), 015 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4), MICRB 010(1)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 215 GN(4), 265 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
BIOL 222(3), CHEM 036(2), 038(4), 039(3), MICRB 201(3)[1], 202(2)[1], 251(3)[1], 252(3), 342(3) (Sem: 3-4)
B M B 400(3), 401(2), 402(3), MICRB 421W(3) (Sem: 5-6)
B M B 428(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (20-22 credits)
Select any four of the following: MICRB 401(3), 410(3), 412(3), 415(3), or 450(2) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3-4 credits from MICRB 422(2), 447(1), B M B 444(1), 445W(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6-7 credits from FD SC 408(2) or any other MICRB 400-level course except MICRB 400(2) and 496(1-18) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 7-9 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 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.

The Pennsylvania State University ©1998

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1997

Blue Sheet Item #: 25-03-059

Review Date: 6/2/99 (General Education Update)


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