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Undergraduate Program

BS in Biological Sciences

Microbiology (BMB) Track

We require students to maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in the major, excluding allied field courses. See the advising page for information on how to declare your major, who your program advisor is, double majors, double degrees, petitioning for exceptions and more.

Major Requirements

Introductory Courses (3 Courses)

One of the following:

  • BIOL 110L: Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 112L: Perspectives in Biology I (pre-requires AP biology exam score of 4 or 5)

One of the following:

  • BIOL 111L: Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL 113L: Perspectives in Biology I (pre-requires AP biology exam score of 4 or 5)
  • BIOL 115: Introduction to Organismal Evolutionary Biology (not offered after spring 2017; may use if taken)

and

  • BIOL 198: Principles of Genetics

Laboratory Experience (2 Courses)

One half lab from UPBM laboratories list.*
Plus MBI 221W: Microbiology Lab

*BIOL 198P are highly recommended. BIO 111P and BIO 117P not offered after Spring 18; may use if already taken.

Advanced Courses (5 Courses)

  • MBI 220: Introduction to Microbiology

Plus one of the following:

  • BIOL 250L: Introduction to Biochemistry
  • BIOL 252: Principles of Biochemistry (formerly BIOL 250H; not offered after Spring 2018, may use if taken.)

Plus three advanced electives:

  • MBI 404: Introduction to Emerging Pathogens
  • MBI 414: Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis
  • MBI 421: Microbial Physiology and Genetics
  • MBI 456: General Virology 
  • MBI 473: Immunology

Diversification Elective (1 Course)

Select one course from the BMB diversification electives list. This course must be approved by the track coordinator and should be outside of the BMB major track.

Ancillary Requirements (9 Courses with Indicated Labs)

Both of the following general chemistry courses:

  • CHEM 131: Chemical Concepts I (lab included)*
  • CHEM 132: Chemical Concepts II (lab included)*

One of the following organic chemistry I courses:

  • CHEM 203/207: Organic Chemistry I with Lab*
  • CHEM 171/173: First Year Organic Chemistry I with Lab

Note: Satisfactory completion of CHEM 171/173 and 172/210 first year organic chemistry series with labs in conjunction with AP credit for CHEM 131 fulfills the chemistry requirements.

One of the following organic chemistry II courses:

  • CHEM 204/208: Organic Chemistry II with Lab*
  • CHEM 172/210: First Year Organic Chemistry with Lab

Note: Satisfactory completion of CHEM 171/173 and 172/210 first year organic chemistry series with labs in conjunction with AP credit for CHEM 131 fulfills the chemistry requirements.

One of the following physics I courses:

  • PHYS 113: General Physics I (lab included)*
  • PHYS 121: Mechanics (lab included)
  • PHYS 141: Mechanics (Honors) (lab included)

One of the following physics II courses:

  • PHYS 114: General Physics II (lab included)*
  • PHYS 122: Electricity and Magnetism (lab included)
  • PHYS 142: Electricity and Magnetism (Honors) (lab included)

One of the following calculus I courses:

  • MATH 141: Calculus I
  • MATH 161: Calculus IA*
  • MATH 171Q: Honors Calculus I

One of the following calculus II courses:

  • MATH 142: Calculus II
  • MATH 162: Calculus IIA*
  • MATH 172Q: Honors Calculus II

One of the following ancillary electives:

  • Math: MATH 163, 164, 165, 235 or other upper-level math with advisor approval (MATH 143 is not acceptable)
  • Statistics: STAT AP, 201, 212, 214 (cross-listed BIOL/STAT 214) or other upper-level statistics course with advisor approval (STAT 211 is not acceptable)
  • Computer Programming: BIOL 208, CSC 161, 170, 171, ECE 114 or other computer programming course with advisor approval (CSC 108 and 110 are not acceptable)

*AP credit will also be accepted for this course. See our advising page for more information about AP credit.

Upper-Level Writing (ULW) Requirements (2 Courses)

MBI 221W: Introduction to Microbiology
Plus one biology or natural sciences ULW course

Note: All biology majors must complete two upper-level writing (ULW) courses. Although students are strongly encouraged to complete both ULW requirements by taking biological sciences courses (BIOL, BCH, MBI, NSCI), an upper-level writing course within a natural sciences discipline may also be used to meet one of the requirements (e.g., CHEM 210W). Writing courses within the humanities and social sciences may not be applied to the biology major. See upper-level writing requirement for more information on which courses satisfy this requirement.