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Students majoring in Microbiology must fulfill the General Education Program requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Courses that can be used to fulfill these requirements are listed in the University of Iowa General Catalog.
Rhetoric: 1 - 2 courses, 4 - 8 hours
Foreign Language: 4th semester competency
Historical Perspectives: 1 course, 3 hours minimum
Interpretation of Literature: ENGL:1200 [08G:001]
Natural Sciences*: 2 courses with one lab, 7 hours minimum
Quantitative or Formal Reasoning*: 1 course, 3 hours minimum
Social Sciences: 1 course, 3 hours minimum
Humanities: 1 course, 3 hours minimum
Distributed General Education: 6 hours with a minimum of 3 hours chosen from each of two of the following areas: Cultural Diversity, Fine Arts, Foreign Civilization and Culture, Historical Perspectives, Humanities, Physical Education, Social Sciences
For students entering in Summer 2011 or after, Humanities and Distributed General Education requirements will be dropped and replaced by courses in the following three areas:
*Students majoring in Microbiology will fulfill these General Education Requirements in the course of fulfilling their Microbiology major requirements.
In addition to completing General Education Program Requirements, Microbiology majors must complete course requirements specific to the major.
Biological Sciences: Principles of Biology I and II (BIOL:1402 [002:010] and BIOL:1502 [002:011]) or Foundations of Biology and Diversity of Form and Function (BIOL:1411 [002:031] and BIOL:1412 [002:032])
Biochemistry: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I and II (BIOC:3120 [099:120] and BIOC:3130 [099:130])
Chemistry: Principles of Chemistry I and II (CHEM:1110 [004:011] and CHEM:1120 [004:012]); Organic Chemistry I and II (CHEM:2210 [004:121] and CHEM:2220 [004:122]); and Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM:2410 [004:141])
Physics: College Physics I and II (PHYS:1511 [029:011] and PHYS:1512 [029:012]) or Introductory Physics I and II (PHYS:1611 [029:081] and PHYS:1612 [029:082])
Mathematics: One semester of either college calculus or biostatistics. Micro majors may choose from: MATH:1460 [22M:016], MATH:1850 [22M:025], MATH:1550 [22M:031], BIOS:5110 [171:161], or STAT:3510 [22S:101]. Note: MATH:1460 [22M:016] is a 1-semester calculus course. MATH:1850 [22M:025] and MATH:1550 [22M:031] are each the first semester part of one year calculus courses.
Microbiology: A total of 21 semester hours: General Microbiology (MICR:2157 [061:157]) for 5 semester hours and Advanced Courses* for 16 semester hours.
* Most advanced microbiology courses are open only to students who have obtained a grade of C or higher in General Microbiology (MICR:2157 [061:157]).
Advisors may recommend Nonfiction Writing (ENGL:2630 [08N:080]) to some microbiology majors.
Students who declare Microbiology as a major will be assigned a faculty advisor from the Undergraduate Advising Committee. Majors are required to meet once per semester with their advisor (usually near the time of registration for the next semester). At this meeting, students will be cleared for online registration and review their progress toward the degree.
Students are encouraged to speak to their advisor at any time for answers to questions, assistance or advice setting up a research experience, etc.
Questions about advising or requests for a change of advisor should be directed to Dr. Richard Roller (335-9958, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Honors Program is open to students who want to obtain a B.S. Degree with Honors. The student must have an overall and microbiology minimum grade point average of 3.33. The program requires:
Students interested in a B.S. Degree with Honors should contact the Department of Microbiology Honors Advisor, Dr. Linda McCarter (335-9721, email@example.com) and The University of Iowa Honors Program.
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