Majors, minors + certificates

Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology (MICRBA)Department of Biology

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements.


The Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology is designed to provide training for students who do not intend to obtain an advanced degree in microbiology nor attend a medical, dental, or optometry school. The degree is suitable for students who are pursuing double majors as well as those individuals whose career goals include being a laboratory technician or working in an outside field, such as business or environmental studies.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 30 credit hours (49 credit hours with the Addenda Requirements), including the requirements listed below.

  1. Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms. One (1) course:
  2. Molecular Biology. One (1) course:
  3. Microbiology. One (1) course:
  4. Microbiology Lab. One (1) course:
  5. Advanced Lecture. One (1) course:
  6. Advanced Lab. One (1) course:
  7. Microbial and Molecular Genetics. One (1) course:
  8. Microbial Physiology and Biochemistry OR Cell Biology. One (1) course:
  9. Advanced Elective Lectures. Two (2) additional courses from the Advanced Elective Lectures list.
    • MSCI-M 375 Parasitology
  10. Advanced Elective Lab. One (1) additional course from the Advanced Elective Lab list.
  11. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Chemistry.
      1. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I. One (1) course:
      2. Organic Chemistry. One (1) course:
    2. Physics.
      1. Physics I. One (1) course:
      2. Physics II. One (1) course:
    3. Quantitative Methods. One (1) course:
      • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques
  12. GPA and Hours 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.


  • *Courses used to fulfill addenda requirements do not count toward the Major GPA or Major Hours.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines. No more than 42 of these credit hours can come from the major.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.