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Biological Sciences Department

BS - Biological Science, Concentration in Microbiology

Students must complete all courses that are required for Preparation for the Major, and all courses that are Requirements in the Major, with a "C-" or better to graduate."

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements39
Of the 51 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
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
Preparation for the Major17
BIOL 005. Computer Literacy in Biology3
BIOL 100W. Scientific Communication WorkshopZ3
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
MATH 030P (5 units) or MATH 060 (5 units) also acceptable
Requirement of the Major42
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 004. The Profession of Biology0.5
BIOL 006. Biological Safety1
BIOL 107. Immunology3
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
BIOL 144. Culminating Experience for Biological Science Seniors0.5
MICR 101. General Microbiology4
MICR 127. Microbial Physiology2
MICR 141. Pathogenic Microbiology I3
Complete at least 7 units of Laboratory courses from:
BIOL 107L. Immunology Laboratory1
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 7 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 135. Molecular Cell Biology3
BIOL 135L. Molecular Cell Biology Lab2
BIOL 155. Hypothesis Testing3
BIOL 156. Pattern Recognition and Analysis3
CHEM 055. Quantitative Analysis4
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 Chemistry5
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.