Professors Bender, Douthit and Helling of the Department of Biology
May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program
Microbiology includes the study of viruses, algae, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi as well as the study in culture of cells and tissues of higher life forms. 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 152, or Biology 195 (or the equivalent); Chemistry 210, 211, 215, 216, and 340; Mathematics 113 and 114, or Mathematics 115 and 116; and Physics 125/127 and 126/128, or Physics 140/141 and 240/241. 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.
Concentration Program. Must include:
1. Biology 411 and Biological Chemistry 416, or Biological Chemistry 415 and 416, or equivalent.
2. Biology 305 (genetics).
3. Biology 206/Microbiology 291 and Biology 408/Microbiology 401.
4. Biology 416 (biophysical chemistry) or Chemistry 365 or 468 (physical chemistry).
In addition, at least 8 credit hours must be completed from among: Biology 458, 468, 483, 488, 513, 589; Epidemiology 530, 543, 560, 570; and Microbiology 510, 525, 601, 602, 624, 701.
The following courses are recommended but not required: Biology 300, 400, 427, 428; Chemistry 427 and Microbiology 399, 770.
Biological Chemistry 415 and 416 and Microbiology 510 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 II). Courses not listed in this Bulletin and not cross-listed through an LS&A department (e.g., Microbiology 627) count as non-LS&A course work. Students pursuing a concentration in microbiology should elect cross-listed courses through the LS&A department (e.g., Biology 408 instead of Microbiology 401) 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.
Honors Concentration. Microbiology concentrators of superior ability may be invited (normally during the junior year) to elect an Honors concentration. Research space is limited and profitable research experience requires extended laboratory work. Optimally, qualified students should contact prospective research mentors at the end of the sophomore year. After consulting with an academic counselor, qualified students are directed to find an appropriate research advisor. Candidates for an Honors concentration must elect two or more credits of independent research (Biology 300 and 400; or Microbiology 399) in addition to the regular departmental requirements for concentration, and must submit an acceptable senior Honors thesis for evaluation by a committee of counselors.
Advising and Counseling. Appointments with Professors Bender, Douthit, and Helling are scheduled at 1121 Natural Science.
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