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Microbiology Major (BMB)

Department of Biological Sciences, 319 Biology Building

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of science in microbiology (BMB) degree must complete all University, college (see p. 50-52), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form. The department recommends that students declare a microbiology major as soon as possible.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA and all work applicable to the major that the student has attempted throughout the entire higher education career.

Major courses. The major in microbiology requires the successful completion of the following 44 semester hours:

BSC 114:115 or BSC 1184
BSC 116:117 or BSC 1204
BSC 3105
BSC 3113
BSC 3133
BSC 4393
BSC 4503
BSC 4513
BSC electives 300 or 400 level*16

*Other BSC courses must be selected from the following: BSC 391, BSC 398, BSC 431, BSC 432, BSC 433, BSC 435, BSC 436, BSC 444, BSC 456, BSC 457, BSC 464, BSC 472, and BSC 497. These hours must include two laboratories to be selected from BSC 398, BSC 432, BSC 436, BSC 464, and BSC 472.

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in microbiology requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:

CH 101 or CH 1174
CH 102 or CH 1184
CH 2233
CH 2313
CH 232:2375
MATH 125 or MATH 1454
PH 101, PH 105, or PH 1254
PH 102, PH 106, or PH 1264

Required minor. The microbiology major does not require a minor.

Additional major requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester.

Special opportunities. The Biological Sciences Honors Program is available to students majoring in either biology or microbiology after the completion of 16 hours of BSC courses with a GPA of 3.4 in BSC courses and overall. Admission into the program requires the approval of the Honors Program Committee and acceptance of the student by primary advisors and co-advisors. Requirements for the program include 4–8 hours of BSC 390 Honors Thesis Research; an acceptable honors thesis; attendance in BSC 407 Honors Seminar in Biological Sciences; completion of the advanced portion of the Graduate Record Examination; and maintenance of a 3.4 GPA in biological science courses and a 3.4 overall GPA. Additional details are available in the office of the Department of Biological Sciences.

The Department of Biological Sciences also participates in the University Scholars Program that allows highly motivated students to pursue closely integrated undergraduate and graduate programs that may lead to the simultaneous completion of requirements for both master’s and bachelor’s degrees. Students usually apply for admission prior to their junior or senior year. For more information about the University Scholars Program, visit or consult the University of Alabama graduate catalog.

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