Arts & Sciences Microbiology (ASC)
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COLLEGE: Arts & Sciences
MAJOR: Microbiology (ASC)
DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science
HOURS REQUIRED: 120
MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation
ADVISOR: James Alfano
Director: Jim Alfano, Department of Plant Pathology and Center for Plant Science Innovation
Advisory Committee: Atkin, School of Biological Sciences; Blum, School of Biological Sciences; Buan, Dept. of Biochemistry; Hutkins, Dept. of Food Science and Technology; Moxley, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Zhang, Nebraska Center for Virology and School of Biological Sciences
Academic Advisor: James Alfano
The microbiology major is an interdepartmental major that offers educational opportunities in various areas of microbiology leading to a bachelor of science degree in microbiology. The training offered is suitable for a professional career in microbiology, which may lead to employment in the food industry, clinical microbiology, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals; or federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Public Health Service, and Environmental Protection Agency. The program is also suitable as preparation for graduate studies leading to academic careers and professional careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and health-related fields. (Completion of the microbiology baccalaureate degree program does not automatically fulfill the admission requirements for application to a given professional program. Students considering application to a professional program are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor to ensure that admission requirements are met during completion of the microbiology degree.)
Students interested in majoring in microbiology are advised to make an appointment with the academic advisor.
Students concerned about their preparation for college-level biology should take LIFE 120 with an understanding that they will need to use the resource center and plan their time accordingly to allow for increased study time. Please consult your advisor if in doubt.
Core Requirements (13-14 credit hours)
BIOS 312 Microbiology (3 cr)
Specific Major Requirements
Natural Sciences (38-42 credit hours)
NOTE: If you plan to take BIOC 431, it will increase your natural sciences hours by 3 credits and put you over the 42 credit hours for natural sciences. Adjustments may need to be made in other areas.
BIOS 206 General Genetics (4 cr)
If you plan to take BIOC 431, select one sequence from:
NOTE: BIOS 207 Ecology and Evolution is also recommended for students specializing in Applied, Environmental, and Plant Microbiology or who are interested in epidemiology.
Mathematics and Statistics (8 credit hours)
MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)
(12-18 credit hours, a minimum of 12 hours from the list below)
BIOS 302 Cell Biology (3 cr)
BIOS 303 Molecular Biology (3 cr)
BIOS 326 Biology of Viruses (3 cr)
BIOS 402 Cancer Biology (3 cr)
BIOS 407 Biology of Cells & Organelles (3 cr)
BIOS 426 Systems Biology (3 cr)
BIOS 477 Bioinformatics & Molecular Evolution (3 cr)
BIOS 487 Field Parasitology (4 cr)
BIOS 497 Environmental Microbiology (3 cr)
FDST 415 Molds & Mycotoxins in Food, Feed, & the Human Environment (3 cr)
FDST 455 Microbiology of Fermented Foods (2 cr)
FDST 455L Microbiology of Fermented Foods Lab (offered even years only) (1 cr)
PLPT 369L Introductory Plant Pathology Lab (1 cr)
VBMS 303 Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (3 cr)
VBMS 424 Basic Molecular Infectious Diseases (offered odd years only) (3 cr)
Within the same subject matter area, students may request substitution for an elective course at the 300 level or above.
Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation – 120 cr
Program Assessment. To gauge the effectiveness of the program, majors within their senior year will be required to complete selected assessment activities.
Results of participation in these assessment activities will in no way affect a student’s GPA or graduation.
ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Pass/No Pass Limits
Students majoring in microbiology may not take any of the courses required for the major in microbiology as Pass/No Pass except for courses involving independent study, research, and seminars.