B.S. in Biology - Microbiology Concentration

College of the Sciences and Mathematics

General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Science requirements are met by CHE 103 and PHY 130
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements 9
Major Requirements
BIO 110General Biology 13
BIO 220Cell Physiology 13
BIO 230Genetics 13
Select one of the following: 11-16
Internship in Biological Sciences
Biology Seminar
Special Problems in Biology
CHE 103General Chemistry I3
CRL 103Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)1
CHE 104General Chemistry II3
CRL 104Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)1
CHE 231Organic Chemistry I4
CRL 231Experimental Organic Chemistry I Lab2
CHE 232Organic Chemistry II3
PHY 130General Physics I4
PHY 140General Physics II4
MAT 121Introduction to Statistics I3
Select one semester of calculus3-4
Other Major Requirements
BIO 214General Microbiology 14
BIO 215General Botany 13
or BIO 217 General Zoology
BIO 270Ecology 13
BIO 464Microbial Physiology 14
BIO 465Immunology 14
Microbiology Electives
Select 11 semester hours under advisement from the following:11
Pathogenic Microbiology
Microbial Genetics
Molecular Genetics
Applied and Industrial Microbiology
Parasitology
Mycology
Virology
Microbial Ecology
Light Microscopy and the Living Cell
Epidemiology
BIO 333Molecular Biology Techniques2
Total Minimum Credits Required120
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Courses must be passed with a grade of C- (70%) or better.

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
BIO 110 General Biology 3
CHE 103
CRL 103
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)
4
Select one of the following: 3-4
Introduction to Statistics I  
Brief Calculus  
Calculus for the Life Sciences  
Calculus I  
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits16-17
Semester Two
WRT 2XX 3
BIO 215
General Botany
or General Zoology
3
CHE 104
CRL 104
General Chemistry II
and Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)
4
Select one of the following: 3-4
Introduction to Statistics I  
Brief Calculus  
Calculus for the Life Sciences  
Calculus I  
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits16-17
Year Two
Semester Three
BIO 214 General Microbiology 4
CHE 231
CRL 231
Organic Chemistry I
and Experimental Organic Chemistry I Lab
6
Mathematics (if still needed) 3
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
BIO 220 Cell Physiology 3
BIO 230 Genetics 3
CHE 232 Organic Chemistry II 3
SPK 208
Public Speaking
or Business and Professional Speech Communication
3
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
BIO 270 Ecology 3
PHY 130 General Physics I 4
Diversity (J) Course 3
Directed Elective 3
Directed Elective 3
 Credits16
Semester Six
BIO course 3
PHY 140 General Physics II 4
Interdisciplinary (I) Course 3
Directed Elective 3
 Credits13
Year Four
Semester Seven
BIO 465 Immunology 4
Bio Elective 3
Bio Elective 3
Directed Elective 3
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits16
Semester Eight
BIO 464 Microbial Physiology 4
Bio Elective 3
Bio Elective 3
Directed Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Biology Seminar  
Internship in Biological Sciences  
Special Problems in Biology  
 Credits16
 Total Credits124-126

All required 200 level Biology courses should be completed by the end of Semester #5.

Students should take MAT 121 in the first year.