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B.S. in Microbiology Course Requirements

Students enrolled in the A.B. degree may elect to change to the B.S. degree by filling out a "Change of Major" form in the Microbiology office.

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 satisfy the CAS A requirement for a foreign language.

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.

The requirements for graduation 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. Recent changes in the curriculum provide for a set of core courses needed by all microbiology majors, focus courses that provide more in-depth coverage of disciplines within the field, and elective courses to complement the students' career objectives.

Course Requirements for the B.S. 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

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Microbial World: MBI 121 and MBI 123 (3,1) or Biological Concepts I: MBI 115 (4) Biological Concepts II: MBI 116 (4)
General Chemistry: CHM 141, 144 (3,2) General Chemistry: CHM 142, 145 (3,2)
Composition and Literature: ENG 111 (3) Composition and Literature: ENG 112 (3)
Foreign Language: 101 (4) Foreign Language: 102 (4)

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
General Microbiology: MBI 201 (4) Molecular and Cellular Biology: MBI 365 (3)
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) Calculus: MTH 151 (5) or Statistics: STA 261 (4)
Foreign Language: 201 (3) Foreign Language: 202 (3)

Third Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Microbial Physiology: MBI 425 (4) Microbiology Focus courses* (3-7)
Microbial Genetics: MBI 445 (3)
Physics: PHY 171/173 or 181/183 (4/5) Physics: PHY 172/174 or 182/184 (4/5)
Miami Plan/Electives (4-5) Miami Plan/Electives (5-8)

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Microbiology Focus/Research courses* (3-7) Microbiology Focus/Research courses* (3-7)
Miami Plan/Electives (8-13) Miami Plan/Electives (8-13)
Fall or Spring Semester
Undergraduate Seminar: MBI 490 (1)

*Microbiology B.S. Focus Courses

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Immunology Principles and Practice: MBI 415 (4) or Immunology Principles: MBI 414 (3) Medical Bacteriology: MBI 405 (4)
Human Viruses: MBI 464 (3)
Structural Genomics: MBI 424 (4)
Note: Usually offered in even-numbered years only
Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory: MBI 465 (2)
Medical Mycology: MBI 435 (3)
Note: Usually offered in odd-numbered years only
Microbial Ecology: MBI 475 (4)
Note: Usually offered in even-numbered years only
Bacterial Cell Biology: MBI 495 (3)
Note: Usually offered in odd-numbered years only
Principles of Bioinformatics: MBI 485 (3)
Fall or Spring Semester
Epidemiology: MBI 361 (3)
Note: Fall - Middletown Campus (every year), Oxford campus (even-numbered years only);
Spring and Summer - Hamilton Campus
Independent Study: MBI 477.C (2)
Note: Enroll in either Fall, Spring or Summer semester during the senior year

*Microbiology B.S. Elective Courses

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Field Ecology: MBI 333 (2)
Note: Usually offered in even-numbered years only
Programming in Life Sciences: MBI 256 (3)
Geomicrobiology: MBI 402 (3)
Note: Usually offered in even-numbered years only
Bioinformatics Computing Skills: MBI 466 (3)
Fall or Spring Semester
Research Problems: MBI 440 (2-4)
Note: enroll in either Fall, Spring or Summer semester during the senior year
Departmental Honors: MBI 480 (1-6)
Note: enroll in either Fall, Spring or Summer semester during the senior year

Requirements for the B.S. degree in Microbiology (40 hours):

Core Courses, 23 hours:

  • Microbial World / Experimenting with Microbes or Biological Concepts I
  • Biological Concepts II
  • General Microbiology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Microbial Physiology
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Undergraduate Seminar

Focus Courses, 14 hours minimum:

  • Lab Requirement - select at least 2 of these courses:
    • Medical Bacteriology
    • Immunology Principles and Practice
    • Medical Mycology
    • Microbial Ecology
    • Bioinformatics Principles
  • Research Requirement - select one of these courses:
    • Molecular Genetics Laboratory
    • Laboratory Independent Study
    • Structural Genomics
  • Additional Focus Courses:
    • Epidemiology
    • Immunology Principles
    • Human Viruses
    • Bacterial Cellular and Developmental Biology

Elective Courses:

  • Additional Microbiology courses at the 200-level or higher (including additional Focus Courses) to complete the 40 required hours

Related science courses, 25-29 hours:

  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • General Chemistry with Lab
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab (2 semesters)
    or Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry and Outlines of Biochemistry
  • Physics with Lab

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

Note: Other MBI 100-level courses DO NOT COUNT towards the 40 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) + Undergraduate Seminar 490 (1)
     - or -
  • Laboratory Research 477.C (2) + Undergraduate Seminar 490 (1)

Detailed description of the Microbiology Capstone

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

Note: Research Capstone courses require a completed independent study form.

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
  • Personal Computer Applications: CSE 141 (2), with or without
    Computing Skills - Database: CIT 101.D (1)

Note: Students should be competent in computer usage before taking MBI 201.

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