Sample Four-Year Curriculum*

Pre-Medicine Track

Freshman Year

First Semester Second Semester
Principles of Chemistry I CHEM:1110 (4)**       Foundations of Biology BIOL:1411 (4)
Mathematics*** Principles of Chemistry II CHEM:1120 (4)

Sophomore Year

First Semester Second Semester
Diversity of Form and Function BIOL:1412 (4) Organic Chemistry II CHEM:2220 (3)
Organic Chemistry I CHEM:2210 (3) Organic Chemistry Lab  CHEM:2410 (3)
  General Microbiology MICR:2157 (3)
  General Microbiology Lab MICR:2158 (2)

Junior Year

First Semester Second Semester
College Physics I PHYS:1511 (4) College Physics II PHYS:1512 (4)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I BIOC:3120 (3)             Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II BIOC:3130 (3)
Advanced Microbiology (3-4) Advanced Microbiology (3-4)

Senior Year

First Semester Second Semester
Advanced Microbiology (3-4)        Advanced Microbiology (3-5) 

 

* This sample curriculum shows only course requirements specific to the Microbiology major. Students must fit in General Education program requirements as mandated by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This sample curriculum also shows only one of several possible ways of arranging Microbiology course work. Consult an advisor for information about other possible arrangements of courses. 

** Chemistry CHEM:1110 requires extensive use of algebra. Therefore, this course can be taken only if the student has completed Basic Algebra II (MATH:0200) or if the student's Math Placement Test 2 (MPT-2) and Math ACT scores are, respectively, 20 or higher and 24 or higher. Students who obtain a low score should take a course in mathematics and consider taking Chemistry CHEM:1070 before attempting Chemistry CHEM:1110.

*** Microbiology students must complete a semester of college calculus or biostatistics. Whether they begin with a calculus or biostatistics course or begin by taking preparatory courses depends upon the student's math placement score. See the next section for placement recommendations.

Scholar Track

Freshman Year

First Semester Second Semester
Principles of Chemistry I CHEM:1110 (4)** Foundations of Biology BIOL:1411 (4)
Mathematics*** Principles of Chemistry II CHEM:1120 (4)

Sophomore Year

First Semester Second Semester
Diversity of Form and Function BIOL:1412 (4)                Basic Physics PHYS:1400 (3)
Organic Chemistry I CHEM:2210 (3) Introduction to Global Health Studies GHS:2000 (3)
General Microbiology MICR:2157 (3)  
General Microbiology Lab MICR:2158 (2)  

Junior Year

First Semester Second Semester
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I BIOC:3120 (3)    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II BIOC:3130 (3)
Advanced Microbiology (3-4)**** Advanced Microbiology (3-4)

Senior Year

First Semester Second Semester
Advanced Microbiology (3-4)    Advanced Microbiology (3-5) 

 

* This sample curriculum shows only course requirements specific to the Microbiology major. Students must fit in General Education program requirements as mandated by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This sample curriculum also shows only one of several possible ways of arranging Microbiology course work. Consult an advisor for information about other possible arrangements of courses. 

** Chemistry CHEM:1110 requires extensive use of algebra. Therefore, this course can be taken only if the student has completed Basic Algebra II (MATH:0200) or if the student's Math Placement Test 2 (MPT-2) and Math ACT scores are, respectively, 20 or higher and 24 or higher. Students who obtain a low score should take a course in mathematics and consider taking Chemistry CHEM:1070 before attempting Chemistry CHEM:1110.

*** Microbiology students must complete a semester of college calculus or biostatistics. Whether they begin with a calculus or biostatistics course or begin by taking preparatory courses depends upon the student's math placement score. See the next section for placement recommendations.

****Advanced Microbiology courses must include at least one of MICR:3165, MICR:3178, MICR:4161, or MICR:4171.

Math Placement Recommendations

Math placement recommendations based on student's MPT-2 score

 MPT-2 score Math course recommended 
 ≤ 12  MATH:0200
 13 - 16                        MATH:1440, BIOS:4110, or STAT:3510
 17 - 21      MATH:1440 or MATH:1460
≥ 22    MATH:1460, MATH:1850, or MATH:1550

Math placement recommendations based on MPT-3 scores for students with no Advanced Placement Program (APP) credit for calculusMPT-3 scores for students with no Advanced Placement Program (APP) credit for calculus

MPT-3MPT-3 score  Math course recommended 
≤ 8  MATH:1440
9 - 12  MATH:1460, MATH:1850, or MATH:1550
 ≥ 13       MATH:1860

Math placement recommendations based on MPT-3 score for students with Advanced Placement Program (APP) AB credit for calculusMPT-3 score for students with Advanced Placement Program (APP) AB credit for calculus

MPT-3MPT-3 score Math course recommended 
 ≤ 8*  MATH:1460, MATH:1850, or MATH:1550
9 - 12  MATH:1860
 ≥ 13  MATH:1860

*A score < 8 suggests a poor background in calculus, but the student may do well in a calculus course if the student's Math ACT score and class rank are high.

Note:

Transfer students who have not satisfied the Department of Microbiology's mathematics requirement should be advised to take the Math Placement examination to facilitate their placement in the appropriate math course(s). Students who have never gone beyond high school trigonometry should take the MPT-2 test; those who have never gone beyond high school calculus should take the MPT-3 test.MPT-3 test.

Microbiology Courses for Undergraduates

Most courses offered by the Department of Microbiology are offered only once per year. Courses below are grouped according to the semester(s) when they are available.

Courses Offered Only in Fall Semester

MICR:3147 Immunology and Human Disease
3 s.h.
Important principles and key concepts in immunology with a focus on the involvement of the immune system in disease pathogenesis; overview of innate and adaptive immune systems and their functions at cellular and molecular levels. Prerequisites: BIOL:1411 with a minimum grade of C and BIOL:1412 with a minimum grade of C.

MICR:3168 Viruses and Human Disease
3 s.h.
Infection and replication strategies of viruses with an emphasis on human disease; for microbiology majors as well as students interested in pre-medicine, biological sciences, epidemiology, and/or other health-related occupations. Prerequisites: BIOL:1411 with a minimum grade of C or MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C.

MICR:3170 Microbial Genetics
3 s.h.
Genetics of bacteria, bacteriophages. Prerequisites: BIOL:2512 with a minimum grade of C or MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C.

MICR:3178 Virology Laboratory and Discussion
3 s.h.
Practical approaches to studying viruses; basic techniques in virology, including virus detection, virus growth measurement, and virus genetics; students will read and discuss papers from virology literature that address current issues in virology. Prerequisites: MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C and MICR:2158 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisites: MICR:3168. 

Courses Offered Only in Spring Semester

MICR:3159 Bacteria and Human Disease
3 s.h.

Infection and replication strategies of bacteria with an emphasis on human disease; for students interested in microbiology or other biological sciences, epidemiology, and/or health-related occupations. Prerequisites: MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C.

MICR:3160 Molecular Microbiology
3 s.h.
Microbes colonize a wide range of diverse environments from deep sea thermal vents to ice covered arctic lakes to the human body; students explore the genetics, molecular, and cell biology of a range of microorganisms, including: microbial cell organization, macromolecular assembly, molecular structure and function, cell division and DNA replication, fundamentals of gene regulation, bacterial differentiation, antibiotic resistance, and microbial interactions; provides a strong foundation in molecular microbiology with an emphasis on familiarizing students with the techniques commonly used in modern microbiology research. Prerequisites: MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C and (BIOC:3120 or BIOC:3110).

MICR:3165 Bacteria and Human Disease Laboratory
2 s.h.
Experimental design and methodologies used to study bacteria with an emphasis on human disease; for students interested in microbiology or other biological sciences, epidemiology, and/or health-related occupations. Prerequisites: MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C and MICR:2158 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisites: MICR:3159.

Courses Offered Only in Fall or Spring

MICR:2157 General Microbiology
3 s.h.

Principles of bacterial and viral diversity, structure, genetics, physiology, and metabolism in contexts of molecular biology, immunology, infectious disease, and environmental microbiology. Prerequisites: BIOL:1411.

MICR:2158 General Microbiology Laboratory
2 s.h.

Practice of basic techniques commonly used today for study of easy-to-grow microorganisms; variety of individual and group lab activities that challenge students to apply observations about bacteria and viruses. Corequisites: MICR:2157, if not taken as a prerequisite.

MICR:5218 Microscopy for Biomedical Research
3 s.h.

Basic microscopy methods for research including optics, preparation, and analysis of biomedical specimens; light, fluorescence, confocal, transmitting electron, scanning electron, atomic force microscopes, elemental analysis; immunochemistry and stereology techniques; individualized laboratory instruction. Prerequisites: BIOL:2723.

Courses Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters

MICR:4161 Undergraduate Research in Microbiology
arr.
 
Experimental research under faculty supervision. May be repeated. Prerequisites: BIOL:1411.

MICR:4171 Honors Microbiology
arr.

Experimental research under faculty supervision. May be repeated. Prerequisites: BIOL:1411.

Note:

Senior undergraduate majors who have excelled in their undergraduate courses may consult with their advisor about taking graduate level courses.