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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog
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Microbiology Major (BMB)

Department of Biological Sciences,
1324 Science and Engineering Complex

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of science in microbiology (BMB) degree must complete all University, college (see pp. 52-53), 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 declare a major formally 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.

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

BSC 114:115 or BSC 118 4
BSC 116:117 or BSC 120 4
BSC 310 5
BSC 311 3
BSC 313 3
BSC 439 3
BSC 450 3
BSC 451 3
BSC electives 300 or 400 level* 16
Total 44
*Other BSC courses must be selected from the following: BSC 390, BSC 391, BSC 398, BSC 431, BSC 432, BSC 433, BSC 435, BSC 436, BSC 444, BSC 456, BSC 457, BSC 464, BSC 472, BSC 496, and BSC 497. These hours must include two laboratories to be selected from BSC 390, BSC 398, BSC 432, BSC 436, BSC 457, 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:

Courses Hours
CH 101 or CH 117 4
CH 102 or CH 118 4
CH 223 4
CH 231 3
CH 232:237 5
MATH 125 or MATH 145 4
PH 101, PH 105, or PH 125 4
PH 102, PH 106, or PH 126 4

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

Additional major requirements. Departmental limits on credit for enrichment courses apply to the requirements for the microbiology major and minor. 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. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.

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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