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Microbiology – Molecular Biology Option

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Microbiology – Molecular Biology Option (120 Credits)

A student may be admitted to a School of Molecular Biosciences Microbiology major upon making their intention known to the department. To remain in good standing, a student must meet the following two requirements:

  • Complete BIOLOGY 106, BIOLOGY 107, CHEM 105 and CHEM 106, MBIOS 301, MBIOS 303, MBIOS 305, or transfer equivalents, with a minimum grade of C.
  • After 30 credits, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

A Microbiology major who falls below the minimum requirements will be released from the program according to Academic Regulation 53.

A grade of C or better is required in all MBIOS courses taken to meet graduation requirements. None of these courses may be taken pass/fail.

Completed core requirements may not be used to satisfy lecture or lab electives.
First Year
First TermCredits
BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI] or 107 [BSCI]4
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
MATH 106 (accelerated) or Elective13
MATH 108 (accelerated) or Elective12
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY 106 or 1074
CHEM 1064
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MATH 140 [QUAN] or 171 [QUAN]4
Second Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
CHEM 34524
Humanities [HUM]3
MBIOS 3014
Second TermCredits
MBIOS 3034
MBIOS 3053
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Electives4
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
MBIOS 3043
PHYSICS 101 or 2014
STAT 212 or 4123 or 4
Electives2
Second TermCredits
Diversity [DIVR]3
MBIOS 4103
MBIOS 4503
PHYSICS 102 or 2024
Electives3
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
Lecture Elective33
MBIOS 4043
MBIOS 430 [M] or 411 [M]3
MBIOS 4403
Electives3
Second TermCredits
Lab Elective43 or 4
MBIOS 4423
MBIOS 494 [M] [CAPS]3
Electives6
Exit Survey

Footnotes
1If required - consult advisor.
2CHEM 345 and 348 recommended for professional or graduate degrees.
3Lecture elective: select one from MBIOS 342, 401, 413, 426, 446; BIOLOGY 418, ENTOM 343, FS 416.
4Lab Elective: minimum of 3 credits selected from MBIOS 402, 411 or 430, 454, 498, 499; BIOLOGY 251, 315, 353; ENTOM 344; FS 417.

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