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Microbiology (BS), Microbiology Major Emphasis

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Microbiology  majors should consult the appropriate advisor.  The courses listed below are for the Bachelors of Science (BS) Degree in Microbiology with an emphasis in Microbiology. The total number of credits required for the emphasis are the same as those required for the Microbiology degree.

Students interested in Graduate School should discuss their plans with the major advisor.


Microbiology Major

  • Program Prerequisite: Not required.
  • Minor: Not required. However, Microbiology  majors will meet the requirements for a minor in Chemistry. If desired for another program, 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 and emphasis 6044 (Microbiology)
  • 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.) Please note, careful planning is essential as most courses have prerequisites and some upper division courses are only offered in one semester.

Use Grad MAPs to plan your degree.They can be found at https://apps.weber.edu/gradmaps

Admission Requirements

Declare your program of study with the Microbiology Department. No special admission or application requirements are needed for this program. However, students should meet with an advisor to plan and declare their program of study.

General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements for Bachelor of Science requirements. The following courses are required for the Microbiology major and will also 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 Microbiology BS Degree

Required Core Microbiology Major Courses (19 credit hours)

Microbiology Major Elective Courses (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)

Required Support Courses (26-29 credit hours)

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

Life Science Course Electives (6 credit hours)

Minimum of 6 credit hours from 2 Life Science courses in the following:

Microbiology Emphases

Microbiology majors pursuing emphases should consult the appropriate advisor and include the specified Foundational and Elective emphasis courses into their Microbiology Major. Regardless of the chosen emphasis, students must successfully complete the REQUIRED CORE MICROBIOLOGY MAJOR COURSES (19 credit hours), [20 credit hours through the specific emphasis] REQUIRED SUPPORT COURSES (26-29 credit hours), and LIFE SCIENCE COURSE ELECTIVES (6 credit hours). Please note that emphases are not a major. Your major will be Microbiology with a specific emphasis.

The emphasis areas are as follows:

Students  must choose at least one of the four emphases that are offered in order to declare a Microbiology (BS) degree.




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