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Department of Biology

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements MICRBS
The Bachelor of Science in Microbiology trains students who wish to pursue careers as professional microbiologists in health, environmental, governmental, or industrial laboratories, and provides the foundation for professional or graduate training in microbiology and related fields.

Requirements

The major requires at least 35 credit hours (65–69 credit hours with the Addenda Requirements), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms. One (1) course:
    • BIOL-E 112 Basic Biology by Examination II
    • BIOL-H 111 Integrated Freshman Learning Experience I
    • BIOL-L 112 Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms
  2. Molecular Biology. One (1) course:
    • BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology
    • BIOL-S 211 Molecular Biology, Honors
  3. Microbiology. One (1) course:
    • BIOL-M 250 Microbiology
    • BIOL-M 380 Microbiology of Infectious Disease
  4. Microbiology Lab. One (1) course:
    • BIOL-M 255
    • BIOL-M 315 Microbiology Laboratory
    • BIOL-M 316 Molecular Microbiology Laboratory
    • BIOL-X 150 ASURE Biology Research Lab 1 (Approved topics: )
    • BIOT-X 150 ASURE Biotechnology Research Lab 1
  5. Microbial Physiology. One (1) course:
    • BIOL-M 350 Microbial Physiology and Biochemistry
  6. Microbial Physiology Laboratory. One (1) course:
    • BIOL-M 360 Microbial Physiology Laboratory
  7. Microbial and Molecular Genetics. One (1) course:
    • BIOL-M 480 Microbial and Molecular Genetics
  8. Advanced Lab. Two (2) courses:
    • BIOL-M 375 Human Parasitology
    • BIOL-M 435 Viral Tissue Culture Laboratory
    • BIOL-M 445 Medical Microbiology: Laboratory
    • BIOL-M 465 Environmental Microbiology Laboratory
    • BIOL-M 485 Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory
    • BIOT-T 315 Biotechnology Laboratory
    • MSCI-M 375 PARASITOLOGY
  9. Advanced Lecture. One (1) course:
    • BIOL-M 430 Virology Lecture
    • BIOL-M 440 Medical Microbiology: Lecture
    • BIOL-M 460 Microbial Evolution
  10. Advanced Elective. Two (2) additional courses from the Advanced Electives list.
    • BIOL-B 351 Fungi
    • BIOL-L 312 Cell Biology
    • BIOL-L 321 Human Immunology
    • BIOL-L 472 Microbiomes: Host and Environmental Health
    • BIOL-M 375 Human Parasitology
    • BIOL-M 416 Biology of AIDS
    • BIOL-M 430 Virology Lecture
    • BIOL-M 440 Medical Microbiology: Lecture
    • BIOL-M 460 Microbial Evolution
    • BIOT-T 310 Biotechnology Lecture
    • MSCI-M 375 PARASITOLOGY
  11. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Chemistry.
      1. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I. One (1) course:
        • CHEM-C 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I
        • CHEM-H 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I, Honors
        • CHEM-J 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry for Science Majors
      2. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory. One (1) course:
        • CHEM-C 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory
        • CHEM-H 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory, Honors
        • CHEM-X 150 ASURE Chemistry Research Lab I
      3. Organic Chemistry I Lectures. One (1) course:
        • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I Lectures
        • CHEM-J 341 Principles of Organic Chemistry I
        • CHEM-S 341 Organic Chemistry I Lectures, Honors
      4. Organic Chemistry II Lectures. One (1) course:
        • CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry II Lectures
        • CHEM-J 342 Principles of Organic Chemistry II
        • CHEM-S 342 Organic Chemistry II Lectures, Honors
      5. Organic Chemistry I Laboratory. One (1) course:
        • CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
        • CHEM-J 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I for Majors
        • CHEM-X 325 ASURE Chemistry Research Lab II
    2. Physics.
      1. Physics I. One (1) course:
        • PHYS-P 201 General Physics I
        • PHYS-P 221 Physics I
        • PHYS-H 221 Honors Physics I
      2. Physics II. One (1) course:
        • PHYS-P 202 General Physics II
        • PHYS-P 222 Physics II
        • PHYS-H 222 Honors Physics II
    3. Statistics. One (1) course:
      • EAS-E 314 Data Analysis for Earth Science
      • LAMP-L 316 Junior Seminar: Analytical Problem Solving
      • MATH-M 365 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
      • PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques
      • PSY-K 310 Statistical Techniques
      • SOC-S 371 Statistics in Sociology
      • STAT-S 300 Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods
      • STAT-S 303 Applied Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences
      • SPEA-K 300 STATISTICAL TECHNIQUES (fulfills the statistics requirement, it does not count toward the College of Arts and Sciences credit hour requirement)
      • SPH-Q 381 INTRODUCTION TO BIOSTATISTICS
    4. Mathematics. One (1) of the following options:
      • Calculus I. One (1) course:
        • MATH-M 211 Calculus I
        • MATH-S 211
      • Brief Survey of Calculus. Both of the following:
        1. One (1) course:
          • MATH-J 113 Introduction to Calculus with Applications
          • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I
          • MATH-V 119 Applied Brief Calculus I
        2. One (1) course:
          • MATH-M 120 Brief Survey of Calculus II
  12. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.