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Undergraduate Microbiology Major Course Requirements

Students majoring in Microbiology must fulfill the General Education Program requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Courses that can be used to fulfill these requirements are listed in the University of Iowa General Catalog.

General Education Program Requirements

Rhetoric: 1 - 2 courses, 4 - 8 hours 

Foreign Language: 4th semester competency

Historical Perspectives: 1 course, 3 hours minimum

Interpretation of Literature: ENGL:1200 

Natural Sciences*: 2 courses with one lab, 7 hours minimum

Quantitative or Formal Reasoning*: 1 course, 3 hours minimum

Social Sciences: 1 course, 3 hours minimum

Humanities: 1 course, 3 hours minimum

Distributed General Education: 6 hours with a minimum of 3 hours chosen from each of two of the following areas: Cultural Diversity, Fine Arts, Foreign Civilization and Culture, Historical Perspectives, Humanities, Physical Education, Social Sciences

For students entering in Summer 2011 or after, Humanities and Distributed General Education requirements will be dropped and replaced by courses in the following three areas: 

  • International and Global Issues (3 s.h.)
  • Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts (3.s.h.)
  • Values, Society, and Diversity (3 s.h.)

*Students majoring in Microbiology will fulfill these General Education Requirements in the course of fulfilling their Microbiology major requirements.

In addition to completing General Education Program Requirements, Microbiology majors must complete course requirements specific to the major.

Microbiology Major Course Requirements

Biological Sciences: Principles of Biology I and II (BIOL:1402 and BIOL:1502) or Foundations of Biology and Diversity of Form and Function (BIOL:1411 and BIOL:1412)

Biochemistry: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I and II (BIOC:3120 and BIOC:3130)

Chemistry: Principles of Chemistry I and II (CHEM:1110 and CHEM:1120); 
Organic Chemistry I and II (CHEM:2210 and CHEM:2220); and Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM:2410) 

Physics: College Physics I and II (PHYS:1511 and PHYS:1512) or Introductory Physics I and II (PHYS:1611 and PHYS:1612)

Mathematics: One semester of either college calculus or biostatistics. Micro majors may choose from: MATH:1460, MATH:1850, MATH:1550, BIOS:4110, or STAT:3510. Note: MATH:1460 is a 1-semester calculus course. MATH:1850 and MATH:1550 are each the first semester part of one year calculus courses.

Microbiology: A total of 21 semester hours: General Microbiology (MICR:2157) for 3 semester hours, General Microbiology Laboratory (MICR:2158) for 2 semester hours, Seminar Microbiology (MICR:4163) for 2 semester hours, and the remainder chosen from advanced electives.