2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Microbiology (B.S.)

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Program Contact/Coordinator

Volker Brözel, Department Head
Department of Biology and Microbiology
Alfred Dairy Science Hall 228
E-mail: volker.brozel@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

The program provides students with a broad background in all facets of microbiology, preparing them to pursue careers in diagnostic and research laboratories, public health, agriculture, food industry, pharmaceutical companies, academia, governmental agencies, and the private sector. With the recommended electives, the graduate is prepared to pursue health-related professional or graduate education for advanced training. The goal is to provide a sound but varied educational experience.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Microbiology major, students will:

  • demonstrate understanding and application of evolution; biological structure and function; biological and biochemical pathways and transformations of energy and matter; and biological systems.
  • apply the process of science.
  • demonstrate understanding of and application of quantitative reasoning; information flow, exchange, and storage in microorganisms; relationship between science and society.
  • demonstrate knowledge on how microorganisms interact with and impact their environment and the interaction between microorganisms and humans, animals and plants.
  • describe and use new and existing methods and technologies in and out of the laboratory setting.
  • tap into the interdisciplinary nature of science.
  • communicate and collaborate with other disciplines.

Academic Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be maintained in the major courses.

Course Delivery Format

Program coursework is on-campus, in classrooms and laboratories, as well as field-based settings. Additional coursework is available at off-campus attendance centers.  Limited coursework is available online.

Requirements for Microbiology Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

System General Education Requirements

Infectious Disease

Select at least two courses from the following. Credits: 6

Capstone and Advanced Writing


Total Required Credits: 120


1 Students selecting this option who plan to enter professional or graduate degree programs should also take MATH 121 or 123 and 125.
2 PHYS 101-101L is not sufficient for students planning to enter professional or graduate degree programs.
3 Pre-professional students should consult their advisor before selecting an option.

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