Microbiology- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of Microbiology, 32 Pearson Hall, 513-529-5422.

The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for students interested in a career in microbiology, the life or health sciences, or environmental sciences. Students who anticipate graduate study in microbiology should elect the B.S. in Microbiology program.

No course required for the major in microbiology may be taken on a credit/no-credit basis. Of the 100-level courses, only those that satisfy departmental degree requirements can be counted toward the GPA or the 32 hours required for the Bachelor of Arts major in microbiology.

Program Requirements

(32 MBI semester hours plus 19-25 related hours)

Core courses
Select one of the following:4
Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity
The Microbial World
and Experimenting with Microbes
Elementary Medical Microbiology
Select the following:
BIO/MBI 116Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology4
MBI 201General Microbiology4
MBI 365Molecular and Cell Biology3
MBI 490Undergraduate Seminar1
Focus Courses14
Breadth Requirement- select at least 1 course from each Focus Group
• Biomedical Focus Group - select at least one of the following:
Epidemiology
Medical Bacteriology 2
Immunology Principles and Practice 2
Immunology Principles
Medical Mycology
Human Viruses
• Integrative Focus Group - select at least one of the following:
Advanced Experimental Techniques in Structural and Functional Genomics 2
Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Microbial Ecology: Exploration of the Diverse Roles of Microorganisms in Earth's Ecology 2
Bioinformatics Principles
Bacterial Cellular and Developmental Biology
• Advanced Core Focus Group - select at least one of the following:
Microbial Physiology 2
Microbial Genetics
Depth Requirement- select at least 2 four-credit hour lab courses
Hours Requirement- select sufficient Focus Courses to total at least 14 credit hours
Elective Courses2
Select from additional Focus Courses, from the Elective Courses (below) or from Biology or Chemistry (at 300 - level or higher) to complete the 32 required hours.
Related Hours (19-25)
Select one of the following Chemistry options:7-10
Chemistry option one:
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
and Outlines of Biochemistry
Chemistry option two:
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Select one of the following Mathematics/Statistics courses:4-5
Calculus I
Statistics
Select one of the following Physics options:8-10
Physics option one:
Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory I
and Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory II
Physics option two (calculus-based):
General Physics with Laboratory I
and General Physics with Laboratory II
Total Credit Hours51-57
1

Credit not given for both MBI 414/MBI 514 and MBI 415/MBI 515.

2

 Counts as a 4-credit hour lab course

Elective Courses

Select from additional Focus Courses, from the following Elective Courses (Microbiology at 200 - level or higher) or from Biology or Chemistry (at 300 - level or higher) to complete the 32 required hours. 

MBI 223Bacteriophage Biology1
MBI 224Bacteriophage Genomics1
MBI 250Topics in Microbiology1-6
or MBI 350 Topics in Microbiology
or MBI 450 Topics in Microbiology
MBI 256Introduction to Programming for the Life Sciences3
MBI 333Field Ecology3
MBI 364Molecular Techniques 12
MBI 402Geomicrobiology3
MBI 466/MBI 566Bioinformatics Computing Skills3
MBI 410Senior Internship2
MBI 440Research Problems 21-4
MBI 477Independent Studies 20-5
MBI 480Departmental Honors 21-6
1

Credit not given for both MBI 364 and MBI 465.

2

MBI 440, MBI 477, and MBI 480 have a maximum of four credit hours that can receive a standard grade.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following courses: MBI 201MBI 365, and MBI 490.