Microbiology Major - Curriculum & Duration

A Curriculum Meeting the Highest Standards

Our curriculum is among only a few in the Mid-Atlantic region leading to a degree in the discipline. The curriculum meets the guidelines set forth by the American Society for Microbiology and is taught by faculty members who instruct in the following areas:

  • Basic, applied and clinical microbiology
  • Microbial genetics and physiology
  • Virology
  • Parasitology
  • Clinical immunology and immunobiology
  • Sociomicrobiology

The four-year program includes instruction in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, microbial genetics and physiology, virology, parasitology, and many other areas of clinical and applied microbiology. You will be able to undertake independent research projects under the supervision and guidance of faculty members in one of the department’s state-of-the-art research laboratories. In these laboratories, you will conduct investigative research in microbial genetics and physiology, cell biology, virology, and food microbiology with the same equipment that many professional microbiologists use today.

The following is a typical curriculum for microbiology students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2016; other students should refer to their academic advisor for their curricula.

First Year

Biological Sciences Orientation
Introductory Biology I, II
General Chemistry I, II
General Chemistry Lab I, II
Precalculus, General Calculus
Writing and Rhetoric I, II
Physical Education I, II

Second Year

Basics of Microbiology
Organic Chemistry I, II
Organic Chemistry Lab I, II
Biological Sciences Colloquium
Advanced Microbiology
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirements
General Education Social Science Requirement
General Education Communication Requirement
General Education Humanities Requirement

Third Year

Applied Microbiology
Survey of Biochemistry, or Molecular Structure in Biochemistry or Biochemistry
Introductory Physics I, II
Clinical Immunology
Analytical Chemistry or Principles of Analytical Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry Lab
General Education Humanities Requirements
Free Electives

Fourth Year

Biological Sciences Seminar I, II
Microbial Physiology
Microbiology Program Electives
Free Electives