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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Explain fundamental concepts and principles in microbiology and general biology (atom to ecosystem).
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in common lab and field techniques for microbiology.
  3. Locate, critically evaluate, and integrate scientific literature findings into the practice of microbiology.
  4. Assess and analyze experimental data with objectivity.
  5. Integrate statistics, math, physical sciences and technology to answer microbiological questions.
  6. Communicate microbiology principles and research findings effectively to diverse audiences.
  7. Relate ethical, social justice or global perspectives to the study and practice of microbiology.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:
  • 60 units of upper-division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)
Note: No Major, Support, or Concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit. 
BIO 150Diversity and History of Life4
BIO 161Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (B2 & B3) 14
BIO 263Introductory Ecology and Evolution4
BIO 351Principles of Genetics5
BIO 452Cell Biology4
MCRO 224General Microbiology I5
MCRO 225General Microbiology II5
MCRO 424Microbial Physiology5
BIO 461Senior Project - Research Proposal2
or BIO 462 Senior Project Research Experience
Select three courses from the following:11-13
Molecular Biology Laboratory
General Virology
Medical Microbiology
Microbial Ecology
Select from the following: 2,3,419-21
Applied Biotechnology in Animal Science
Orientation to Biotechnology
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Gene Expression Laboratory
Protein Techniques Laboratory
Microbial Biotechnology
Food Microbiology
Quality Assurance and Control of Dairy Products
Dairy Microbiology
Elements of Food Processing
Elements of Food Safety
Food Quality Assurance
Fermented Foods
Food Chemistry
Food Analysis
Food Laws and Regulations
Wine Microbiology
Food Microbiology
Medical and Public Health Microbiology
Zoonoses and Veterinary Public Health Concerns
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: Neuroscience
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: Endocrinology
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: Cardiorespiratory and Renal
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: Muscle and Locomotion
Functional Histology
Chemical and Biological Warfare
Chemistry of Drugs and Poisons
Biochemical Pharmacology
Functional Anatomy
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Public Health Microbiology
Medical Microbiology
Microbial Diversity, Ecology and Evolution
Evolutionary Medicine
General Virology
Microbial Ecology
Soil Ecology
Bioinformatics and Data Analysis
Bioinformatics Applications
Introduction to Data Science
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
Applied Multivariate Statistics
Survey Sampling and Methodology
Other Electives for Microbiology Majors
Animal Parasitology
Immunology and Diseases of Animals
Systemic Animal Physiology
Introduction to Organismal Form and Function
Research Experience for Undergraduates 3
General Entomology
Invertebrate Zoology
Principles of Animal Physiology
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 3
Gastrointestinal Physiology and Microbiology
Environmental Physiology
Undergraduate Laboratory Assistantship 3
Senior Project Research Experience 5
Honors Research
Plant Pathology
Organic Chemistry III
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Life Sciences III
Quantitative Analysis
Environmental Chemistry: Water Pollution
Water Chemistry and Water Quality Measurements
Calculus for the Life Sciences II
Introduction to Microbiology Research
Agricultural Entomology
Biological Control for Pest Management
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B1 & B3) 14
CHEM 128General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II4
CHEM 129General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science III4
CHEM 216Organic Chemistry I 45
CHEM 217
CHEM 220
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory For Life Sciences II 4
CHEM 314Biochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications (Upper-Division B) 1,65
or CHEM 369 Biochemical Principles
MATH 161Calculus for the Life Sciences I (B4) 1,44
PHYS 121College Physics I4
PHYS 122College Physics II4
PHYS 123College Physics III4
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (GE Electives) 14
(See list of GE program requirements below.)52
Free Electives 710-14
Up to 6 units of free electives may need to be at the 300-400 level to ensure completion of the required minimum of 60 units of upper-division courses. Consult college advisor for additional information.
Total units180

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 20 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 52 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Major) 10
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units52