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Biological Sciences Department

BS - Biological Science, Concentration in Microbiology

Students must complete all lower division courses in the Preparation for the Major and in the Requirements of the Major with a C or better to graduate. Students must complete all upper-division courses in the Preparation for the Major and in the Requirements of the Major with a C- or better to graduate.

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 adjustment/s for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements38
Core Lower Division General Education21
Of the 39 units required by the university, 18 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.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement0
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
Preparation for the Major14
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 Major45
BIOL 001A. Foundations of BiodiversityB2+B35
BIOL 001B. Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyB2+B35
The BIOL 001A and BIOL 001B series may be replaced by equivalent courses taken at a community college.
BIOL 006. Biological Safety1
BIOL 107. Immunology3
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
BIOL 155. Hypothesis Testing3
MICR 101. General Microbiology4
MICR 127. Microbial PhysiologyR2
MICR 141. Pathogenic Microbiology I3
Complete at least 7 units of Laboratory courses from:
BIOL 107L. Immunology Laboratory1
BIOL 116L. Genetics Laboratory3
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 8 additional units from lab courses above or:
BIOL 116. Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 118. Evolutionary Genetics3
BIOL 121. Introduction to Bioinformatics3
BIOL 124. Systems Physiology3
BIOL 125. Systems Physiology Laboratory2
BIOL 134. Vertebrate Histology4
BIOL 135A. Eukaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology I3
BIOL 135B. Eukaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology IIR3
BIOL 135L. Molecular Cell Biology Lab2
BIOL 156. Ecological Sampling Design and Analyses3
CHEM 055. Quantitative Analysis2
CHEM 55 also requires CHEM 55L (2).
MICR 122. Bacterial Diversity1
MICR 123. Food Microbiology1
MICR 140. Hematology2
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.