• Sample Four-Year Curriculum* 

    Freshman Year

    First Semester Second Semester
    Principles of Chemistry I CHEM:1110 (004:011) (4) Foundations of Biology BIOL:1411 (002:031) (4)
    Mathematics*** Principles of Chemistry II CHEM:1120 (004:012) (4)

    Sophomore Year

    First Semester Second Semester
    Diversity of Form and Function BIOL:1412 (002:032) (4) Organic Chemistry II CHEM:2220 (004:122) (3)
    Organic Chemistry I CHEM:2210 (004:121) (3) Organic Chemistry Lab  CHEM:2410 (004:141) (3)
      General Microbiology MICR:2157 (061:157) (5)

     Junior Year

    First Semester Second Semester
    College Physics I PHYS:1511 (029:011) (4) College Physics II PHYS:1512 (029:012) (4)
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I BIOC:3120 (099:120) (3) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II BIOC:3130 (099:130) (3)
    Advanced Microbiology (3-4) Advanced Microbiology (3-4)

    Senior Year

    First Semester Second Semester
    Advanced Microbiology (3-4) Advanced Microbiology (3-5) 

    * This sample curriculum shows only course requirements specific to the Microbiology major. Students must fit in General Education program requirements as mandated by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This sample curriculum also shows only one of several possible ways of arranging Microbiology course work. Consult an advisor for information about other possible arrangements of courses. 

    ** Chemistry CHEM:1110 (004:011) requires extensive use of algebra. Therefore, this course can be taken only if the student has completed Basic Algebra II (MATH:0200 [22M:002]) or if the student's Math Placement Test 2 (MPT-2) and Math ACT scores are, respectively, 20 or higher and 24 or higher. Students who obtain a low score should take a course in mathematics and consider taking Chemistry CHEM:1070 (004:007) before attempting Chemistry CHEM:1110 (004:011).

    *** Microbiology students must complete a semester of college calculus or biostatistics. Whether they begin with a calculus or biostatistics course or begin by taking preparatory courses depends upon the student's math placement score. See the next section for placement recommendations.

    Math Placement Recommendations

    Math placement recommendations based on student's MPT-2 score

     MPT-2 score Math course recommended 
     ≤ 12  MATH:0200 (22M:002)
     13 - 16  MATH:1440 (22M:015) or BIOS:5110 (171:161) or STAT:3510 (22S:101)
     17 - 21  MATH:1440 (22M:015) or MATH:1460 (22M:016)
    ≥ 22  MATH:1460 (22M:016), MATH:1850 (22M:025), or MATH:1550 (22M:031)

    Math placement recommendations based on MPT-3 scores for students with no Advanced Placement Program (APP) credit for calculus

    MPT-3 score  Math course recommended 
    ≤ 8  MATH:1440 (22M:015) 
    9 - 12  MATH:1460 (22M:016), MATH:1850 (22M:025), or MATH:1550 (22M:031)
     ≥ 13       MATH:1860 (22M:026)

    Math placement recommendations based on MPT-3 score for students with Advanced Placement Program (APP) AB credit for calculus

    MPT-3 score Math course recommended 
     ≤ 8*  MATH:1460 (22M:016), MATH:1850 (22M:025), or MATH:1550 (22M:031)
    9 - 12  MATH:1860 (22M:026)
     ≥ 13  MATH:1860 (22M:026)

    *A score < 8 suggests a poor background in calculus, but the student may do well in a calculus course if the student's Math ACT score and class rank are high.


    Transfer students who have not satisfied the Department of Microbiology's mathematics requirement should be advised to take the Math Placement examination to facilitate their placement in the appropriate math course(s). Students who have never gone beyond high school trigonometry should take the MPT-2 test; those who have never gone beyond high school calculus should take the MPT-3 test.

    Microbiology Courses for Undergraduates

    Most courses offered by the Department of Microbiology are offered only once per year. Courses below are grouped according to the semester(s) when they are available.

    Courses Offered Only in Fall Semester

    MICR:3147 (061:147) Survey of Immunology
    3 s.h.
    Important principles and key concepts in immunology; overview of innate and adaptive immune systems and their functions at cellular and molecular levels.
    Prerequisite: MICR:2157 (061:157).

    MICR:3168 (061:168) Introduction to Animal Viruses
    3 s.h.
    Basic physical, chemical, biological properties of animal viruses; association with human disease.
    Requirement: grade of C or higher in MICR:2157 (061:157).

    MICR:3170 (61:170) Microbial Genetics
    3 s.h.
    Genetics of bacteria, bacteriophages.
    Requirement: grade of C or higher in BIOL:2512 (002:128) or MICR:2157 (061:157).

    MICR:3178 (061:178) Animal Viruses Laboratory
    2 s.h.
    Basic techniques and approaches in animal virology, including virus detection, virus growth measurement, and virus genetics. Corequisite: MICR:3168 (061:168). Requirement: grade of C or higher in MICR:2157 (061:157). 

    Courses Offered Only in Spring Semester

    MICR:3159 (061:159) Pathogenic Bacteriology
    5 s.h.

    Pathogenic bacteria, with emphasis on mechanisms of pathogenicity, laboratory methods for isolation, identification; laboratory emphasis on advanced methods for study of pathogenic bacteria.
    Requirement: grade of C or higher in MICR:2157 (061:157).

    MICR:3160 (061:160) Microbial Physiology
    3 s.h.

    Bacterial genomes, cell structure, growth, energy metabolism, biosynthesis, mechanisms of signal transduction and regulation. Requirements: biochemistry course and a grade of C or higher in MICR:2157 (061:157).

    MICR:3175 (061:175) Microbial Genetics Laboratory
    3 s.h.

    Introductory research experience in bacterial genetics providing exposure to a broad range of genetic methods; what it actually means to do science; student project to generate and interpret data, make hypotheses, design experiments, read primary literature, and write a scientific manuscript on findings. Prerequisite: MICR:3170 (061:170).

    MICR:3179 (061:179) Bacterial Diversity
    3 s.h. 
    Analysis of bacteria from varied habitats; emphasis on the physiological basis and molecular characteristics of diversity. Prerequisite: MICR:2157 (061:157). Corequisite: MICR:3170 (061:170). Recommended: BIOC:3120 (099:120).

    Courses Offered Only in Fall or Spring

    MICR:2157 (061:157) General Microbiology
    5 s.h.

    Principles of bacterial and viral diversity, structure, genetics, physiology and metabolism; in contexts of molecular biology, immunology, infectious disease and environmental microbiology; laboratory emphasis on basic techniques. Prerequisite: BIOL:1411 (002:031).

    MICR:4163 (061:163) Seminar Microbiology
    2 s.h.
    Current topics in microbiology, immunology. Requirements: senior standing and grades of C or higher in at least two of these: MICR:3147 (061:147), MICR:3159 (061:159), MICR:3160 (061:160), MICR:3168 (061:168), MICR:3170 (061:170), MICR:3179 (061:179). 

    MICR:5218 (061:218) Microscopy for Biomedical Research
    3 s.h.

    Basic microscopy methods for research including optics, preparation, and analysis of biomedical specimens; light, fluorescence, confocal, transmitting electron, scanning electron, atomic force microscopes, elemental analysis; immunochemistry and stereology techniques; individualized laboratory instruction. Prerequisite: BIOL:2723  (002:114).

    MICR:5220 (061:220) Advanced Microscopy for Biomedical Research
    3 s.h.

    Technically advanced microscopy and instrumentation for research; individualized laboratory experience with opportunity to explore applications of microscopy methods. Requirement: an introductory EM course.

    Courses Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters

    MICR:4161 (061:161) Undergraduate Research in Microbiology
    Experimental research under faculty supervision. May be repeated. Prerequisite: BIOL:1411 (002:031).

    MICR:4171 (061:171) Honors Microbiology

    Experimental research under faculty supervision. May be repeated. Prerequisite: BIOL:1411 (002:031). Requirements: microbiology major, junior or senior standing, 3.33 overall g.p.a., and 3.33 g.p.a. in microbiology courses.


    Senior undergraduate majors who have excelled in their undergraduate courses may consult with their advisor about taking graduate level courses.