Undergraduate Program in
Biology and Medicine


   B.S. in Biological Sciences - Microbiology


Dr. Jacques Robert
Track Coordinator and Advisor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Room 2-11124, MRBX (Directions)
585-275-1722 (x5-1722)

*Students intending to declare a BS in Microbiology should meet with the Administrator for the UPBM, Marianne Arcoraci, to create an academic plan before meeting with the academic advisor for the BMB track. Visit UPBM Booking Site to select a time that meets your needs.

New! - Master of Science in Immunology, Microbiology and Virology
For more information visit the Microbiology Department Website or Facebook

I. INTRODUCTORY COURSES 3 courses, 12 credits
  1. BIO 110 Principles of Biology I (4 cr) or BIO 112 Perspectives in Biology I (4 cr)  
      There is no companion laboratory, however, note co-registration in a 2 hour workshop.
2. BIO 111 Principles of Biology II (4 cr) or BIO 113 Perspectives in Biology II (4 cr)
    BIO 111P  Introductory Biology Lab (1 cr) is the companion laboratory for BIO 111
    BIO 113P Perspectives in Biology Lab (will not be offered after Spring 2013)
3. BIO 198 Principles of Genetics (4 cr)    
   BIO 198P Principles of Genetics Lab (1 cr) is the companion laboratory for BIO 198.
  1. MBI 221W Microbiology Lab (4 cr) Fall/Junior  
2. ________ Plus one other full or one other half laboratory (see laboratory list). It is recommended that students take BIO 111P/113P and/or BIO 198P as part of the introductory coursework to complete this requirement.  

* Students are also encouraged to take Independent Research 395 Courses(4 cr - which can count as a full lab but not as an elective/diversification course).
III. ADVANCED COURSES 5 courses, 20 credits
1. MBI 220 Introduction to Microbiology (4 cr) - Fall/Junior
2. BIO 250 Biochemistry (4 cr) - Spring/Sophomore
  Pick 3 courses from the following list:
3. ______ MBI 404 Introduction to Emerging Pathogens - Spring
MBI 414 Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis - Fall Spring (change effective Fall15)
MBI 421 Microbial Physiology and Genetics - Spring (change effective Spring16)
MBI 431 Microbial Physiology - Fall (change effective Fall14)
MBI 456 General Virology - Spring (odd-year rotation 15,17,19...)
MBI 473 Immunology - Fall
MBI 492 Special Topics - Spring (New Spring14.)
4. ______
5. ______
  1. ______ This course must be a 200-level (or higher) course, from outside the Microbiology curriculum. It is to be selected from those courses offered through the Undergraduate Program in Biology (See UPBM Course Offerings). The course may be a laboratory course, and fulfill the supplemental laboratory requirement.  
V. ALLIED FIELD COURSES 9 courses with indicated laboratories
  1. CHM 131 Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices I  
2. CHM 132 Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices II
3. CHM 203 Organic Chemistry I with CHM 207 Organic Chemistry Lab (must register lab separately)
4. CHM 204 Organic Chemistry II with CHM 208 Organic Chemistry Lab (must register lab separately)
Note: CHM 171Q and CHM 172Q, Freshman Organic Chemistry with CHM 210 will also fulfill the chemistry requirements.
5. PHY 113 General Physics I or PHY 121 Mechanics or PHY 141 Mechanics (Honors)
6. PHY 114 General Physics II or PHY 122 Electricity and Magnetism or PHY 142 Electricity and Magnetism (Honors)
7. MTH 141 Calculus I or MTH 161 Calculus IA or MTH 171Q Honors Calculus I
8. MTH 142 Calculus II OR MTH 162 Calculus IIA OR MTH 172Q Honors Calculus II
  One additional course from following list: (select one)
9. ______ Math: MTH 163, 164,165, 235. 207, 202 or other upper-level math with advisor approval (MTH 143 not acceptable)
Statistics: STT AP, 201, 203, 212, 214 (cross listed BIO/STT214), 216, 221, or other upper-level statistics course with advisor approval (STT 211 not acceptable)
Computer Programming: CSC 109, 161, 170, 171, ECE 114 or other computer programming course with advisor approval (CSC 108 and 110 not acceptable).
  1. ______
1.) MBI 221w Microbiology Lab Writing (Required) - New! for Class of 2016

2.) UPBM or Natural Science Writing Course 
RECOMMENDED: Independent Research xxx395w or MBI 402 Writing in Microbiology (3 credits)

* For lists of UPBM elective/diversification courses, see UPBM Course Offerings. Please note that course titles with an " * " indicates an optional upper-level writing component is offered
2. ______


Example: MBI 540 Advanced Topics in Immunology (2 credits; permission of instructor). Seminars are not required courses for the track.

In addition, be sure to consult our General Degree Requirements when constructing your program.