Molecular & Medical Microbiology, Bachelor of Science College of Biological Sciences

The department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics offers the major in Molecular & Medical Microbiology.

Molecular & Medical Microbiology B.S.

The Major Program

Microbiology is the branch of biology that deals with bacteria, yeasts and other fungi, algae, protozoa, and viruses. These microorganisms are ubiquitous in nature and play a crucial role in areas such as agriculture, biotechnology, ecology, medicine, and veterinary science. The field of microbiology contributes to areas of fundamental inquiry such as biochemistry, cell biology, evolution, genetics, molecular biology, pathogenesis, and physiology. The ease and power of simultaneous genetic and biochemical analysis of microbes led to the emergence of the new disciplines of molecular biology & molecular genetics, and spawned the new industry of biotechnology.

The Program

The Molecular & Medical Microbiology Undergraduate Program offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in the College of Biological Sciences. Both degrees are designed to provide students with quantitative skills and knowledge across the breadth of Biological Sciences, while maintaining a focus on the biology of microorganisms. The B.S. degree offers more training in mathematics, biochemistry and laboratory methodology; the A.B. degree incorporates more exposure to the liberal arts. The choice of a major program and its suitability for particular career options should be discussed with a Biology Academic Success Center (BASC) advisor.

Career Alternatives

A bachelor's degree in Molecular & Medical Microbiology serves as the foundation for advanced study in microbiology, entry into the professional schools of all health sciences, or immediate employment in biotechnology, health care and food science industries.

Graduate Study

The Graduate Group in Microbiology offers programs of study and research leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Strong preference is given to doctoral applicants. The group offers study in general microbiology, microbial physiology, microbial genetics, molecular mechanisms of microbial regulation, molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis, immunology, virology, and recombinant DNA technology. For information on the graduate study and undergraduate preparation for the program contact a graduate advisor or the Chairperson of the Group.

Related Courses

The offerings of the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics are augmented by courses in Food Science & Technology (FST); Medical Microbiology (MMI); Molecular & Cellular Biology (MCB); Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology (PMI); Plant Pathology (PLP); and Soil Science (SSC).

Faculty of the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics also teach or participate in the following courses: BIS 002A, BIS 101, BIS 104 and BIS 181.

Faculty Advisor

Rebecca Parales, Ph.D.

Honors & Honors Program

Rebecca Parales, Ph.D.

Teaching Credential Subject Representative

Rebecca Parales, Ph.D.; see the Teaching Credential/M.A. Program.

Advising

Biology Academic Success Center (BASC) in 1023 Sciences Laboratory Building; 530-752-0410.

Please Note: MIC courses are in the process of transitioning to MMG courses within the year.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Biological Science18
Introduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth
and Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology & Evolution
and Introduction to Biology: Biodiversity & the Tree of Life
and Introduction to Biology: Principles of Cell Biology & Physiology
Chemistry21-27
Choose the 002 series or 004 series: 1
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry
and General Chemistry
General Chemistry for the Physical Sciences & Engineering
and General Chemistry for the Physical Sciences & Engineering
and General Chemistry for the Physical Sciences & Engineering
Choose the 008 series or 118 series: 2
Organic Chemistry: Brief Course
and Organic Chemistry: Brief Course
Organic Chemistry for Health & Life Sciences
and Organic Chemistry for Health & Life Sciences
and Organic Chemistry for Health & Life Sciences
Mathematics8-12
Choose the 017 series or 021 series: 3
Calculus for Biology & Medicine
and Calculus for Biology & Medicine
and Calculus for Biology & Medicine
OR
Calculus
and Calculus
and Calculus (Recommended)
Physics12
General Physics
and General Physics
and General Physics
Microbiology1
Introduction to Research
Introduction to Research for Advanced Undergraduates
Subtotal60-70
Depth Subject Matter
Biological Science
BIS 101Genes & Gene Expression4
BIS 105Biomolecules & Metabolism3-6
or BIS 102
BIS 103
Structure & Function of Biomolecules
and Bioenergetics & Metabolism
Statistics
STA 100Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences4
Microbiology
MIC 102Introductory Microbiology3
MIC 104LGeneral Microbiology Laboratory3
MIC 105Microbial Diversity3
MIC 105LMicrobial Diversity Laboratory3
MIC 111Human Microbiology3
Areas of Study
Choose at least one course from each of the areas of study below:9-10
1. Molecular Microbiology
Recombinant DNA Cloning & Analysis
Genomes of Pathogenic Bacteria
Yeast Molecular Genetics
2. Virology
General Virology
Biology of Animal Viruses
3. Immunology
Human Immunology
Human Immunology
Fundamentals of Immunology
Choose additional course work from the list below, to achieve a total of 45 or more units. Upper division Microbiology courses not used in satisfaction of any other requirement; or:
Comparative Genomics
Functional Genomics
Food Microbiology
Advanced Molecular Biology
Principles of Genomics
Analysis of Molecular Genetic Circuits
Microbial Ecology
Host-Parasite Interactions
Cancer Biology
Fungal Biology & Disease
Soil Microbiology
Upper division courses in related fields, relevant to the student’s interest and chosen in consultation with the advisor.
No more than 3 units of variable-unit courses (numbered 192, 198, or 199) may be used for credit in this category.
Note: Although a course may be listed in more than one category, that course may satisfy only one requirement in the entire major.
Depth Subject Matter Subtotal45
Total Units105-115
1

With BASC advisor approval, these combination also satisfies the General Chemistry requirement: CHE 004A-CHE 002A (3 units w/no lab )-CHE 002B-CHE 002C or CHE 004A-CHE 004B-CHE 002C.

2

With BASC advisor approval, this combination also satisfies the Organic Chemistry requirement: CHE 118A-CHE 008B.

3

With BASC advisor approval, this combination also satisfies the Mathematics requirement: MAT 021A-MAT 017B-MAT 017CMAT 017A-MAT 021B.