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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Biology

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Bachelor of Science in Biology

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (120 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. There is a core of courses and specific programs can be arranged by counseling with microbiology advisors. 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.

Admission Under Impaction

Refer to the following website for additional impaction criteria: http://www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/admissions/impacted_major.html.

Requirements

Lower Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination . (Credit in Chem 101 does not substitute for a passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination) and a "C" or better in MATH 113 or 117 or 119A or 122. One year of high school chemistry is strongly recommended. (Recommended for students who intend to pursue careers in science or engineering).
  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 212 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    Prerequisites: Completion of BIOL 211 and CHEM 111A each with grades of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211 or BIOL 207 or MICR 200; MATH 111 or 113 or 119A or 122 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MICR 211 General Microbiology (5)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212; CHEM 111B, all with a grade of "C" or better.

NOTE: BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11.

Take one of the following courses:

  • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    Prerequisite: MATH 109 or 113 or 117 or 119A or 120 or 122.
  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.

Take one of the following courses:

  • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 100A.
  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.

Take one of the following courses:

  • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 113.
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and 113, or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 117.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 100, 153, 153L, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200.

Upper Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • CHEM 322A Organic Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111B with a grade of "C" or better. Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 323A required except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 323A.
  • CHEM 322B Organic Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 322A and CHEM 323A, both with a grade of "C" or better. Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 323B required except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 323B.
  • CHEM 323A Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111B with a grade of "C" or better. Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 322A required except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 322A.
  • CHEM 323B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 322A and CHEM 323A, both with a grade of "C" or better. Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 322B required except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 322B.
  • CHEM 441A Biological Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisite: Either CHEM 320B or both CHEM 322B and 323B with a grade of "C" or better; a biology or microbiology course is recommended.
  • CHEM 441B Biological Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 441A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 340 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212; CHEM 320A or 322A or 327 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 480 Seminars (1)
    Prerequisites: Consent of undergraduate [graduate] advisor. Undergraduates must have filed for graduation and be in their last semester. Classified post-baccalaureates must have been admitted to a second baccalaureate or a certificate.
  • MICR 320 Bacterial Pathogenesis (3)
    Prerequisite: MICR 211 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MICR 355 Microbial Ecology (3)
    Prerequisites: MICR 211 or BIOL 211, 212, 213 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MICR 371 Microbial Genetics (3)
    Prerequisite: MICR 211 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MICR 372 Methods in Microbial Genetics (2)
    Prerequisite: MICR 211 with a grade of "C" or better. Recommended: MICR 371.
  • MICR 430 Immunology (3)
    Prerequisite: BIOL 340 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MICR 471 Bacterial Physiology (3)
    Prerequisites: MICR 320, CHEM 441A; both with a grade of "C" or better.

Take a minimum of 11 elective units chosen from the following:

BIOL 473, 477; MICR 320L, 322, 325, 355L, 416, 423, 429, 430L, 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, 416, 423 and 430L.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308; MICR 300; and NSCI 492.

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