Biological Sciences Department

BS - Biological Science, Concentration in Microbiology

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Major Exceptions

This degree program meets certain University Requirements through approved major modifications. Please see the Major Exceptions area in the Policy and Procedures section of this catalog to identify the specific adjustments for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

Students in this major must complete all lower division courses in the Requirements of the Major with a "C- or better" to graduate.

Prerequisite Requirements

Enrollment in any chemistry course requires that the prerequisite courses be passed with a grade of "C or better" (C- not accepted). Exceptions may be made only with instructor consent or if not explicitly stated in the course description. Refer to the SJSU Course Catalog for specific information regarding course prerequisites.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements38
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements (except for 1 course in GE Area C and 1 course in GE Area D) and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap (which include the missing GE in Area C and D). Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major17
BIOL 055. Biostatistics3
BIOL 100W. Scientific Communication WorkshopZ3
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
NOTE: MATH 030P (5 units) or MATH 060 (5 units) or Calculus A/B or B/C Advanced Placement Exam with a score of 3 or higher is also acceptable
Requirements of the Major42
BIOL 030. Principles of Biology IB2+B34
BIOL 031. Principles of Biology IIB2+B34
BIOL 107. Immunology3
MICR 101. General Microbiology5
MICR 127. Microbial PhysiologyR3
MICR 141. Pathogenic Microbiology I3
MICR 166. Bacterial Genetics4
Complete at least 7 units of Laboratory courses from:
BIOL 107L. Immunology Laboratory2
BIOL 116L. Genetics Laboratory3
BIOL 180. Individual Studies1-4
MICR 122L. Bacterial Diversity Laboratory2
MICR 123L. Food Microbiology Laboratory2
MICR 127L. Microbial Physiology Laboratory2
MICR 140L. Hematology Laboratory2
MICR 141L. Pathogenic Microbiology I - Laboratory3
MICR 142L. Pathogenic Microbiology II - Laboratory3
Complete 9 additional units from lab courses above or:
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
BIOL 116. Molecular Genetics4
BIOL 118. Evolutionary Genetics4
BIOL 124. Systems Physiology3
BIOL 125. Systems Physiology Laboratory2
BIOL 134. Vertebrate Histology4
BIOL 135A. Eukaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology I3
BIOL 135L. Molecular Cell Biology Lab3
BIOL 156. Ecological Sampling Design and Analyses3
CHEM 055. Quantitative Analysis2
MICR 122. Bacterial Diversity2
MICR 123. Food Microbiology1
MICR 140. Hematology3
MICR 142. Pathogenic Microbiology II3
MICR 170. General Virology3
Requirements in the Minor23
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 112A. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 112B. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 113A. Organic Chemistry Lab2
CHEM 120S. Chemical Safety Seminar1
CHEM 135. General Biochemistry4

Total Units:120

Students pursuing the California State Clinical Laboratory Science license should consult an advisor for additional requirements.