2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Microbiology (B.S.)

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

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Program Contact/Coordinator

Jeremy Chambers, Department Head
Department of Biology and Microbiology
Alfred Dairy Science Hall 228

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.

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.

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.

Requirements for Microbiology Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements

Major Requirements

Infectious Disease

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


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements* 24-26 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 80-83 Credit Hours
Electives** 11-16 Credit Hours

*System General Education Requirements for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree shall include a minimum of 30 credit hours. Some general education coursework may be counted for Major Requirements and Supporting Coursework.
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.