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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:

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

One of the following:

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

and

  • BIO 198: Principles of Genetics

Laboratory Experience (2 Courses)

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

*BIO 111P/117P and BIO 198P are highly recommended.

Advanced Courses (5 Courses)

  • MBI 220: Introduction to Microbiology

Plus one of the following:

  • BIO 250: Introduction to Biochemistry
  • BIO 252: Principles of Biochemistry (formerly BIO 250H)

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:

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

One of the following organic chemistry I courses:

  • CHM 203/207: Organic Chemistry I with lab*
  • CHM 171/173: Freshman Organic Chemistry I with lab

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

One of the following organic chemistry II courses:

  • CHM 204/208: Organic Chemistry II with lab*
  • CHM 172/210: Freshman Organic Chemistry with lab

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

One of the following physics I courses:

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

One of the following physics II courses:

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

One of the following calculus I courses:

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

One of the following calculus II courses:

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

One of the following ancillary electives:

  • Math: MTH 163, 164, 165, 235 or other upper-level math with advisor approval (MTH 143 is not acceptable)
  • Statistics: STT AP, 201, 212, 214 (cross-listed BIO/STT 214) or other upper-level statistics course with advisor approval (STT 211 is not acceptable)
  • Computer Programming: BIO 208, CSC 109, 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 (BIO, BCH, MBI, NSC), an upper-level writing course within a natural sciences discipline may also be used to meet one of the requirements (e.g., CHM 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.