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Bachelor of Science in Microbiology

(BIOLBS09) (124 units)

Microbiology is the study of microorganisms and their interactions with humans, other organisms, and the environment. This degree, with the inclusion of appropriate classes, may be utilized by pre-professional students who are preparing for medical, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary school. A major in microbiology prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities in clinical and public health fields, biotechnology, environmentally related fields, and industries concerning food, water quality, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment and supplies. There is a core of courses for each of these varied educational and employment opportunities and specific programs can be arranged by counseling with microbiology advisors in the department. This undergraduate major is recognized by the American Society for Microbiology as meeting their core curriculum for the baccalaureate degree program in microbiology. This major requires 83-84 units, of which 37-38 are in the lower division and 46 are in upper division. All students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in each of the following: 1. the entire college record, 2. all units attempted at CSULB, 3. all courses in the major, and 4. all upper division courses in the major completed at CSULB.

Lower Division: BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 260; CHEM 111A,B; MATH 119A or 122; MICR 211; PHYS 100A or 151, 100B or 152. The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 153, 153L, 200, 200L, 204, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200.
Upper Division: CHEM 322A,B and 323A,B; CHEM 441A,B; BIOL 340, 480; MICR 320, 355, 371, 372, 430, 471; and a minimum of 11 additional elective units chosen from: BIOL 473, 477; MICR 320L, 322, 325, 355L, 423, 429, 430L, 416, 473, 490, and 495. Students may use MICR 496 towards the additional units but only with prior permission of the advisor for this degree. Those students seeking a career as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist are encouraged to take MICR 320L, 423, 430L, and 416. The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, 304, 308, 309I; MICR 300I; and NSCI 492.