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Microbiology (pre 2008-09) Course Requirements

These requirements are for students who enrolled prior to the 2008-09 academic year (catalog year 2009). Students who enrolled during previous catalog years may elect to change to the latest catalog year by filling out a "Change of Major" form in the Microbiology office.

To view the latest catalog year requirements, follow this link.

Students are urged to continue developing the foreign language study started in high school. If prepared, you may wish to take a first year sequence of 101 and 102, or 201 and 202, or a course at the 300 level, rather than the two-year sequence indicated below. All MBI students must pass 202.

Ask your advisor how certain elective courses may contribute to your particular professional goals. Some students will devote their elective course hours to obtain a second major, e.g., in Chemistry or Spanish; other students may use these hours for additional preparation for professional school standardized tests.

Specific course requirements do not appear out of thin air! They represent the faculty's consolidation of the specifics indicated by prospective employers and feedback from graduates into what is reasonable for a good, average student in our baccalaureate program. The program is intentionally broad in focus within the discipline in order to expand the opportunities of the graduate. The teaching reputation of the department and your opportunities for employment depend, in large measure, upon the performance of those who have graduated from this program.

Course Requirements for the A.B. Degree in Microbiology

Note: all required MBI courses are offered only in the semesters indicated below. Some electives are only offered in alternate years.

First Year

First Semester Second Semester
General Chemistry: CHM 141, 144 (3,2) General Chemistry: CHM 142, 145 (3,2)
Biological Concepts I: MBI 115 (4) Biological Concepts II: MBI 116 (4)
Composition and Literature: ENG 111 (3) Composition and Literature: ENG 112 (3)
Foreign Language: 101 (4) Foreign Language: 102 (4)

Second Year

First Semester Second Semester
General Microbiology:MBI 201 (4) General Microbiology: MBI 202 (4)
Organic Chemistry: CHM 231 (4) or CHM 241/244 (5) Biochemistry: CHM 332 (4) or CHM 242/245(5)
Calculus: MTH 151 (5) or Statistics: STA 261 (4) Miami Plan/CAS Requirements/Electives (4-6)
Foreign Language: 201 (3) Foreign Language: 202 (3)

Third Year

First Semester Second Semester
Microbial Genetics: MBI 445 (3) Molecular Biology: MBI 365 (2)
Microbial Physiology: MBI 425 (4) Medical Bacteriology: MBI 405 (4)
Physics: PHY 171 (or 181), 183 (3,1) Physics: PHY 172 (or 182), 184 (3,1)
Miami Plan Requirements/Electives (4) Miami Plan Requirements/Electives (4)

Fourth Year

First Semester Second Semester
Immunology: MBI 45 (4) Human Viruses: MBI 464 (3)
Microbiology Electives* (2-3) Microbiology Electives* (2-3)
Miami Plan Requirements/Electives (9-10) Miami Plan Requirements/Electives (13-14)
Senior Seminar: MBI 490 (1)
Note:in either Fall or Spring semester during the senior year

Microbiology Electives*

First Semester Second Semester
Lab Diagnosis of Disease: MBI 143 (1) Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory: MBI 465 (2)
Medical Mycology: MBI 435 (3)
Note:Usually offered in even-numbered years only
Microbial Ecology: MBI 475 (3)
Note: Usually offered in odd-numbered years only
Epidemiology: MBI 361 (3)
Note: Fall - Middletown Campus (every year), Oxford campus (odd-numbered years only);
Spring and Summer - Hamilton Campus
Independent Study: MBI 477 (2-4)
Research Problems: MBI 440 (2-4)
Departmental Honors: MBI 480 (1-6)

Courses for the A.B. in Microbiology must include:

Major courses, 32 hours:

  • General Microbiology I and II
  • Medical Bacteriology
  • Immunology
  • Microbial Physiology
  • Human Viruses
  • Microbial Genetics or Molecular Biology
  • Senior Seminar  
  • Microbiology electives

Related science courses, 32-37 hours:

  • Biological Concepts
  • Calculus or Statistics
  • General Chemistry with Lab
  • Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry with Lab
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics with Lab

Note: No Microbiology or required related course may be taken on credit/no credit basis.

Note: MBI 115, 116, 175, 275, 402, and 424 DO NOT COUNT towards the 32 required hours in Microbiology.

Thematic Sequence (3):

  • Students may choose from among any of the thematic sequences offered at Miami University.
  • Students must register for the thematic sequence at the department offering the sequence.

Note: Microbiology majors cannot use a Microbiology thematic sequence to satisfy the requirement.

Microbiology Capstone (3):

Capstone requirements

  • Library Research 440.C (2) + Senior Seminar 490 (1)
     - or -
  • Laboratory Research 477.C (2) + Senior Seminar 490 (1)

Detailed description of the Microbiology Capstone

Note: You must use the .C modifier for all courses within the Microbiology Capstone for capstone credit.

Note: Research Capstone and Seminar Capstone courses require a completed independent study form and a completed force add form, respectively.

Note: Microbiology majors can satisfy capstone requirements with any capstone offered by Miami University.

Courses suggested as non-microbiology electives for A.B. degree in Microbiology:

  • Technical Writing: ENG 313 (3)
  • Analytical Chemistry: CHM 363, 364 (3,2)
  • Additional upper-level Chemistry
  • Introductory Computing: CSA 141 (2) with or without CIT 101.D (1)

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