May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program
Microbiology includes the study of viruses, algae, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi. Immunobiology, including immunochemistry, immunological defense mechanisms, and host-parasite interactions are also included within the science of microbiology. A concentration in microbiology prepares students for graduate study in microbiology, biochemistry, agricultural science, and food science as well as for study in other areas of biology which emphasize cellular structures and their function. A bachelor's degree in microbiology may qualify students for entry-level positions in medical, industrial, or governmental laboratories.
Prerequisites to Concentration. Biology
162 (or the equivalent); Chemistry
Mathematics 115 and 116; and Physics
240/241 (or Physics
126/128). The Physics 140/141 and 240/241 sequence is recommended for students interested in an Honors concentration and for those who anticipate graduate work in the field of microbiology.
- Required courses include:
207; or Microbiology 501, 502, 503, and 350).
- 310, 311,
Biol. Chem. 415, or
Chem. 451 and 452.
- Biology 306,
Biological Chemistry 416.
- Electives (22 credits). A minimum of twelve credits selected from three of the five groups a-e (a minimum of two credits must be selected within three of the groups). The remaining ten credits may be selected from groups a-e, or from the cognate list (#3).
Biology 436; Epidemiology 520; Micro. 640, 641, 642.
- Virology: Epidemiology 530, 543; Micro. 615, 616, 617.
- Bacterial Pathogenesis: Epidemiology 560; Micro. 607, 608, 609 or Micro. 505.
- Genetics and Molecular Biology/ Physiology: Biol.
- Ecology and Evolution: Biology
589; Micro. 525.
- Cognate Courses. A maximum of three advisor-approved cognate courses listed below may be applied toward a Microbiology concentration.
- Biology: Any course approved by the advisor.
- Chemistry: Chem. 260 or a course at the 300-level or above.
- Human Genetics: Any course at the 500-level or above.
- Mathematics: Any course with a Math. 116 prerequisite.
- Physics: Any course approved by the advisor.
- Statistics: Any course approved by the advisor.
Advising. Appointments with Professors Bardwell, Bender, Dunlap, Helling, and Maddock are scheduled at 1121 Natural Science.
LS&A courses in Microbiology. All courses in Microbiology, Immunology, or Epidemiology are listed in the Time Schedule under the Medical School. Biological Chemistry 415 and 416 are listed in this Bulletin and therefore are not included in the non-LS&A hours which may be applied toward the degree. (See "Non-LS&A Course Work" in Chapter III ). Courses not listed in this Bulletin and not cross-listed through an LS&A department (e.g., Epid 543) count as non-LS&A course work. Students pursuing a concentration in microbiology should elect cross-listed courses through the LS&A department whenever possible. Concentrators may, with the signed approval of a concentration advisor, elect 20 credits of non-LS&A course work in the minimum 120 required for an A.B. or B.S. degree.
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