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Microbiology (BS)

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Microbiology Major

  • Program Prerequisite: Not required.
  • Minor: Not required. However, a Microbiology Minor is offered.  Please see “Microbiology Minor” for requirements.
  • Grade Requirements: An overall GPA of 2.00 or higher in Microbiology courses is required for this major in addition to an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher.  Also refer to the General Grade Requirements for graduation.
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation; a minimum of 71 credits is required within the major. A total of 40 upper division credit hours is required (courses numbered 3000 and above).
  • Program Code: 6015BS
  • CIPC: 260502


All Microbiology students are encouraged to meet with a faculty advisor at least annually for course and program advisement. Call 801-626-6949 for more information or to schedule an appointment.  (Also refer to the Department Advisor Referral List.)

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Admissions Requirements

Declare your program of study with the Microbiology Department. No special admission or application requirements are needed for this program.

General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements  for Bachelor of Science requirements. The following courses are required for the Microbiology major and also will satisfy general education requirements: MICR 2054 LS - Principles of Microbiology , CHEM 1210 PS - Principles of Chemistry I , PHYS 1010 PS - Elementary Physics  or PHYS 2010 PS - College Physics I .

Major Course Requirements for BS Degree


General Microbiology Electives (20 credit hours)

Select 20 credit hours from the following categories A-C:

Category B: Experience in Microbiology Courses

Category C: Other elective courses in the College of Science (maximum 8 credit hours)


A grade of D- or better is required in each support course.

MATH (minimum of 1 course from the following)

LIFE SCIENCE COURSE ELECTIVES (minimum 6 credit hours)

Minimum of 6 credit hours from two Life Science courses in the following:

Microbiology Special Emphases

Microbiology majors pursuing emphases should consult the appropriate advisor and include the specified Core and Elective Emphasis courses into their Microbiology Major. Regardless of the chosen emphasis, students must successfully complete the REQUIRED MICROBIOLOGY COURSES (19 credit hours), MICROBIOLOGY ELECTIVE COURSES (20 credit hours) [the 20 credit hours will be fulfilled through the specific emphasis] MICROBIOLOGY REQUIRED SUPPORT COURSES (32-35 credit hours), and LIFE SCIENCE COURSE ELECTIVES (minimum of 6 credit hours). Please note that emphases are not a major. Your major will be Microbiology with a specific emphasis.

The emphases areas are as follows:

If you desire an emphasis, please select one of three emphases that are offered.  Students interested in Graduate School should discuss their plans with the major advisor.

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