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The Bachelor of Science in Microbiology

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree: 120 units

See “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

The department has prepared a suggested Four Year Advising Plan to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

Please see the General Education, Cultural Diversity, and U.S. Government requirements outlined under the BS in Biological Sciences.

For Microbiology majors, the following courses are to be double-counted toward General Education and a microbiology major: Breadth Area B2 requirement may be fulfilled by BIOL 006A, BIOL 006B, BIOL 009, or BIOL 010.

Majors may count either HIST 050 or POLS 055 for a Breadth Area C requirement (3 units maximum).

Literacy Requirement:

See “Mathematics and Writing Requirements” in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 68-70 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, dependent upon a selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the degree core program requirements.

Lower-Division Requirements: 32 units

8 courses required:

BIOL    006A    Biological Principles    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 037 or concurrent enrollment.

BIOL    006B    Biological Principles    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006A; recommend CHEM 038 or concurrent enrollment.

BIOL    011    General Microbiology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: A college course in biology and in general chemistry.

CHEM    037    General Chemistry    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry or CHEM 016. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)

CHEM    038    General Chemistry    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 037.

CHEM    070    Organic Chemistry    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 038.

PHYS    002A    General Physics    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 003 and MATH 004 at CSU, Chico).

PHYS    002B    General Physics    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: PHYS 002A.

Major Option Course Requirements: 36-38 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

THE OPTION IN GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY: 36-38 units

5 courses required:

BIOL    201    Intro to Biological Literature    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; junior standing; BIOL 006B.

BIOL    207    Genetics    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B.

BIOL    216    Medical Bacteriology    5.0    FA

Prerequisites: BIOL 011; BIOL 270; CHEM 070. Immunization against tetanus and diphtheria required.

BIOL    270    Immunology    4.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B.

BIOL    272    Bacterial Physiology    4.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 011; BIOL 207; CHEM 070. CHEM 250A is recommended.

5 courses required:

CHEM    105    Quantitative Analysis    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 038.

CHEM    170    Organic Chemistry    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 070.

CHEM    170L    Organic Chem Laboratory    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 170 may be taken as a prerequisite or concurrently with CHEM 170L.

CHEM    250A    Biochemistry    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 170.

CHEM    251    Biochemistry Laboratory    2.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 105, CHEM 250A; CHEM 170L or CHEM 170M.

1 course selected from:

BIOL    218    General Virology    4.0    F2

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B. Recommended: BIOL 011.

BIOL    219    Food and Industrial Microbiology    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 011; CHEM 070.

BIOL    273    Microbial Genetics    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: BIOL 207. BIOL 011 is recommended.

2-3 units selected from:

BIOL    123    Microtechnique    2.0    Inq

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B.

BIOL    152    Computer Applications Biology    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B and a computer science course providing skills in programming. Recommended: MATH 007A or a statistics course.

BIOL    199    Special Problems    1.0-3.0    FS

Or any 200-level biology course.

THE OPTION IN CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE: 37-38 units

6 courses required:

BIOL    201    Intro to Biological Literature    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; junior standing; BIOL 006B.

BIOL    208    Hematology    3.0    S1

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B. Recommended: BIOL 212 and CHEM 070.

BIOL    212    Parasitology    4.0    S1

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B or equivalent and BIOL 010.

BIOL    214    Vertebrate Physiology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B, BIOL 010; CHEM 028 or CHEM 070.

BIOL    216    Medical Bacteriology    5.0    FA

Prerequisites: BIOL 011; BIOL 270; CHEM 070. Immunization against tetanus and diphtheria required.

BIOL    270    Immunology    4.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B.

5 courses required:

CHEM    105    Quantitative Analysis    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 038.

CHEM    170    Organic Chemistry    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 070.

CHEM    170L    Organic Chem Laboratory    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 170 may be taken as a prerequisite or concurrently with CHEM 170L.

CHEM    250A    Biochemistry    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 170.

CHEM    252    Clinical Chemistry    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CHEM 105, CHEM 250A; CHEM 170L or CHEM 170M.

2-3 units selected from:

BIOL    123    Microtechnique    2.0    Inq

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B.

BIOL    152    Computer Applications Biology    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B and a computer science course providing skills in programming. Recommended: MATH 007A or a statistics course.

BIOL    199    Special Problems    1.0-3.0    FS

Or any 200-level biology (BIOL) course.

Please see the Grading, Literacy, and Advising Requirements outlined under the BS in Biological Sciences.