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Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Biology

Undergraduate Studies

Microbiology Majors

Microbiology B.A. | Microbiology B.S.

Courses are offered in ecology, genetics, microbiology, cellular, developmental, environmental, and molecular biology. In addition, general coursework includes inorganic and organic chemistry and calculus, as well as courses in the humanities, social science, English composition and foreign language. Students may supplement their degrees with minors or certificates in areas such as business, environmental science, animal behavior, and psychology. Outstanding students are encouraged to fulfill the requirements for an honors degree.

Many of our graduates are admitted to medical school, dental school, or graduate programs. Two-thirds of the department's graduates are available for entry-level positions. The average GPA for all departmental graduates is 3.15. BS biology students have averaged 3.26. Each year at least 40 departmental graduates are elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Microbiology Major (B.A.)

BA Microbiology Degree Requirement Summary

Fundamental Skills Requirements

  • English Composition
  • Intensive Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Foreign Language - 4 semester sequence

Distribution Requirements

  • TOPICS course (may count as 1 of the distribution courses listed below)
  • Arts & Humanities - 4 courses
  • Social & Historical Studies - 4 courses
  • Natural & Mathematical Sciences - 4 courses

Culture Studies Requirements

  • Culture Studies - 2 courses

Major Requirements

At least 25 hours in Biology to include:

  • BIOL L112 - Intro to Biology: Biological Mechanisms
  • BIOL L113 - Biology Lab
  • BIOL L211 - Molecular Biology
  • BIOL M250-M255 - Microbiology
  • BIOL M350 - Microbial Physiology or BIOL L312 - Cell Biology
  • BIOL M440 - Medical Microbiology or BIOL M460 - Biology of the Procaryotes
  • BIOL M480 - Microbial & Molecular Genetics
  • 2 lectures from: BIOL M430, M440, B351, L321 or M375
  • 1 lab from: BIOL M360, M435, M445, M465, or M485

Additional Major Requirements

  • CHEM C117 - Inorganic I
  • CHEM C106-C126 or C118 Inorganic II or N330 Intermediate Inorganic
  • CHEM C341 - Organic (or if you don't plan to attend a professional school you can substitute CHEM R340 Survey of Organic Chemistry)
  • MATH M119 or M211 or M215, or MATH or PSY K300, or CSCI A201 or C211
  • PHYS P201-P202 - Physics I & II

Total Upper-Level Hours: 36
Total Credit Hours: 122

Microbiology Major (B.S.)  (top)

BS Microbiology Degree Requirement Summary

Fundamental Skills Requirements

  • English Composition
  • Intensive Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Foreign Language - 3 hours at the 200-level

Distribution Requirements

  • TOPICS course (may count as 1 of the distribution courses listed below)
  • Arts & Humanities - 2 courses
  • Social & Historical Studies - 2 courses
  • Natural & Mathematical Sciences - 4 courses (fulfilled by major)

Major Requirements

  • BIOL L112 - Intro to Biology: Biological Mechanisms
  • BIOL L211 - Molecular Biology
  • BIOL M250-M255 – Microbiology Lecture and Lab
  • BIOL M350-M360 - Microbial Physiology Lecture and Lab
  • BIOL M480 - Microbial & Molecular Genetics Lecture
  • Two Labs from:
    M435 – Virology
    M445 - Medical Microbiology
    M465 - Biology of the Prokaryotes
    M485 - Microbial & Molecular Genetics
  • One Lecture from:
    M430 – Virology
    M440 – Medical Microbiology
    M460 – Biology of the Prokaryotes
  • Two Lectures from:
    M430 – Virology
    M440 – Medical Microbiology
    M460 – Biology of the Prokaryotes
    M375 - Parasitology
    B351 – Biology of Fungi
    M416 - Molecular Biology of HIV
    L321 - Immmunology
    L312 – Cell Biology
    T310 – Biotechnology

Additional Major Requirements

  • CHEM C117 - Inorganic I
  • CHEM C106-C126 or C118 Inorganic II or N330 Intermediate Inorganic
  • CHEM C341 - Organic I
  • CHEM C342 - Organic II
  • CHEM C343 - Organic I Lab
  • PHYS P201-P202 or P221-P222 - Physics I & II
  • MATH M119 & M120 or M211 or M215
  • PSY/MATH K300 or K310 - Statistics (through Psychology, Math, or SPEA)

Total Upper-Level Hours: 30
Total Credit Hours: 122

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