The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Microbiology is a liberal arts degree. This is not a pre-professional degree, but it does prepare students for professional programs. Students who are interested in graduate programs, health sciences (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, public health) and veterinary medicine will complete most of the pre-requisites necessary to enter those programs while working towards completion of the Microbiology major. In addition, our students will be prepared to apply to entry-level technical positions in a variety of settings, including university, hospital, government, biotechnology, and other industries.
Basic preparatory sciences for the Microbiology major:
Principles of Biology: BIOL 1107-1107L & BIOL 1108-1108L
General Chemistry: CHEM 1211-1211L & CHEM 1212L-1212L
Organic Chemistry: CHEM 2211-2211L & 2212-2212L
Physics: PHYS 1111-1111L & 1112-1112L or 1211-1211L-1212-1212L
Calculus: MATH 2250
Undergraduate Research (MIBO 4960-4980R)
While microbiology research courses can work in the major, they are not required to complete the major. However, we highly encourage students to get involved in undergraduate research. Participating in research can help those interested in applying to graduate school and pre-professional programs become more competitive applicants to their programs of interest. For those who wish to make the B.S. in Microbiology their terminal degree, research can provide a valuable experiential learning opportunity which students will need if they are seeking employment in a science-related field. Students who are interested in research should check out the Undergraduate Research Guide.
Double Dawgs Program
The Double Dawgs Program was created to give ambitious and motivated students a competitive advantage is today's knowledge economy. By earning both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in five years or less, students can save time and money while positioning themselves for success after graduation.
Apply to the Microbiology Double Dawgs Pathway (Deadline March 16th, 2020)
Microbiology Double Dawgs Programs:
- Microbiology BS/Microbiology MS
- Microbiology BS/Microbiology MS (Non-Thesis)
- Microbiology BS/Public Health MPH (Biostatistics) (Non-Thesis)
- Microbiology BS/Public Health MPH (Environmental Health) (Non-Thesis)
- Microbiology BS/Public Health MPH (Epidemiology) (Non-Thesis)