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.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared 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 151, BIOL 152, BIOL 209, or BIOL 210.

Majors may count either HIST 130 or POLS 155 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 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 70 units

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

Lower-Division Requirements: 32 units

8 courses required:
BIOL151Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 111 or concurrent enrollment.
BIOL152Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 151; recommend CHEM 112 or concurrent enrollment.
BIOL211General Microbiology4.0FS
Prerequisites: A college course in biology and in general chemistry.
CHEM111General Chemistry4.0FS *
Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)
CHEM112General Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 111.
CHEM270Organic Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 112.
PHYS202AGeneral Physics4.0FS *
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 051 and MATH 118 at CSU, Chico).
PHYS202BGeneral Physics4.0FS
Prerequisites: PHYS 202A.

Major Option Course Requirements: 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: 38 units

11 courses required:
BIOL351Intro to Biological Literature1.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; junior standing; BIOL 152.
BIOL360Genetics4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152.
BIOL402Microbial Ecology4.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 152. Recommended: BIOL 211.
BIOL412Bacterial Physiology4.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 211; BIOL 360; CHEM 270. CHEM 451 is recommended.
BIOL466Immunology4.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 152.
BIOL470Medical Bacteriology5.0FA
Prerequisites: BIOL 211; BIOL 466; CHEM 270. Immunization against tetanus and diphtheria required.
CHEM320Quantitative Analysis4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 112.
CHEM370Organic Chemistry3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 270.
CHEM370LOrganic Chem Laboratory1.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 370 may be taken as a prerequisite or concurrently with CHEM 370L.
CHEM451Biochemistry3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 370.
CHEM455LBiochemistry Laboratory2.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 320, CHEM 451; CHEM 370L or CHEM 370M. 3 units selected from:
BIOL399Special Problems1.03.0FS

Or any 400-level biology course. Unlike the BS in Biological Sciences, BIOL 209 and BIOL 210 cannot be substituted for a 400-level course.

THE OPTION IN CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE: 38 units

11 courses required:
BIOL351Intro to Biological Literature1.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; junior standing; BIOL 152.
BIOL416Vertebrate Physiology4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152; CHEM 108 or CHEM 270. Strongly recommended: BIOL 210.
BIOL424Parasitology4.0S1
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 or equivalent. Strongly recommended: BIOL 210.
BIOL462Hematology3.0S1
Prerequisites: BIOL 152. Recommended: BIOL 424 and CHEM 270.
BIOL466Immunology4.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 152.
BIOL470Medical Bacteriology5.0FA
Prerequisites: BIOL 211; BIOL 466; CHEM 270. Immunization against tetanus and diphtheria required.
CHEM320Quantitative Analysis4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 112.
CHEM370Organic Chemistry3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 270.
CHEM370LOrganic Chem Laboratory1.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 370 may be taken as a prerequisite or concurrently with CHEM 370L.
CHEM451Biochemistry3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 370.
CHEM455LBiochemistry Laboratory2.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 320, CHEM 451; CHEM 370L or CHEM 370M. 4 units selected from:
BIOL399Special Problems1.03.0FS

Or any 400-level biology (BIOL) course. Unlike the BS in Biological Sciences, BIOL 209 and BIOL 210 cannot be substituted for a 400-level course.

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