Standard Option 4-Year Plan

This sample shows one possible path to earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a standard microbiology major in four years. This plan does not replace the input of your advisor. You are strongly encouraged to meet and consult regularly with your microbiology advisor to design a plan that works best for you.

The information below reflects the degree requirements for students who began their college education in Fall of 2013 or later. If you started your college coursework prior to Fall of 2013, your degree requirements may be different. The sample plan below assumes that you have tested into college-level math and English classes but have not taken any foreign language during high school.

Sample Study Plan

Year 1
Fall Credits
Arts GER
3
L&S Social Science/International
3
MATH 105
Intermediate Algebra (QL-A)
3
L&S Humanities
3
ENGLISH 101
Introduction to College Writing
3
Spring Credits
BIO SCI 150
Foundations of Biological Sciences I (NS+)
4
MATH 115
Precalculus
4
CHEM 100
Chemical Science (NS)
4
ENGLISH 102
College Writing and Research (OWC-A)
3
Year 2
Fall Credits
MATH 231
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
4
BIO SCI 152
Foundations of Biological Sciences II (NS+)
4
CHEM 102
General Chemistry (NS+)
5
L&S OWC-B course
3-4
Spring Credits
MATH 232
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
4
CHEM 104
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
5
L&S Social Science
3
L&S Humanities/International
3
Year 3
Fall Credits
BIO SCI 325
Genetics
4
CHEM 343
Organic Chemistry
3
PHYSICS 120
General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment) (NS+)
4
PHYSICS 121
General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment) (NS+)
1
Microbiology elective
3-4
Spring Credits
BIO SCI 383
General Microbiology
4
CHEM 344
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2
CHEM 345
Organic Chemistry
3
PHYSICS 122
General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment)
4
L&S Humanities/International
3
Year 4
Fall Credits
BIO SCI 529
Molecular Biology of Microorganisms
3
BIO SCI 540
Microbial Diversity and Physiology
3
Microbiology elective
3-4
L&S Humanities/Cultural Diversity
3
1st semester foreign language
3-5
Spring Credits
Microbiology upper-level elective
3-4
BIO SCI 698
Independent Study in Microbiology (capstone)
or BIO SCI 671
Undergraduate Seminar in Microbiology
1-3
L&S Social Science
3
L&S Social Science
3
2nd semester foreign language
3-5

Key
(A) Arts GER (Int’l) International
(HU) Humanities (QL-A) Quantitative Literacy A
(NS) Natural Science (QL-B) Quantitative Literacy B
(SS) Social Science (OWC-A) Oral and Written Communication A
(CD) Cultural Diversity GER (OWC-B) Oral and Written Communication B