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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 45-46 are in the lower division and 38 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, and 3. all courses in the major.

Admission Under Impaction

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

Degree Progress

Pre-Microbiology majors must complete the following requirements within the specified time of declaring the pre-major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. Students who have not met the requirements by the required semester must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student's performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete.

Freshmen: A grade "C" or better must be achieved in CHEM 111A, BIOL 211, and MATH 119A (or MATH 122) within one and a half calendar years.

Requirements

Lower Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 212 Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology (4)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, CHEM 111A with grades of "C" or better.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 111B.

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

  • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211 or BIOL 207 or MICR 200; MATH 111 or MATH 113 or MATH 119A or MATH 122 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination. 
    Corequisite:  MATH 109 or higher.
  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A and MATH 113 or MATH 115 or MATH 119A or MATH 122 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CHEM 220A Organic Chemistry I (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111B with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisites: CHEM 224 is required for students repeating course. CHEM 223A must be taken concurrently if required by a degree plan.
  • CHEM 220B Organic Chemistry II (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 220A with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisite: CHEM 223B or CHEM 320L except for students who previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 223B or CHEM 320L.
  • CHEM 223A Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
    Corequisite: CHEM 220A, except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 220A.
  • CHEM 223B Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 220A and CHEM 223A, both with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisite: CHEM 220B, except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 220B.
  • MICR 211 General Microbiology (5)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, BIOL 212; CHEM 111B, all with a grade of "C" or better.

Take one of the following courses:

  • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    Prerequisite: MATH 109 or MATH 113 or MATH 119A or MATH 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 MATH 113.

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

Upper Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • CHEM 441A Biological Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisite: Either CHEM 220B or CHEM 223B 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, BIOL 212, 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. Recommended: MICR 320L.
  • MICR 355 Microbial Ecology (3)
    Prerequisites: MICR 211 or BIOL 211, BIOL 212, BIOL 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, BIOL 477; MICR 320L, MICR 322, MICR 325, MICR 355L, MICR 416, MICR 423, MICR 429, MICR 473, MICR 490, and MICR 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, MICR 416, and MICR 423.

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


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