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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
  • Immunology
  • 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 2020; other students should refer to their academic advisor for their curricula.

First Year

Biological Sciences Orientation
Introductory Biology I, II
Introductory BIology Lab I, II or Phage Hunters 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

Microbial Science
Microbial Science Lab
Organic Chemistry I, II
Organic Chemistry Lab I, II
Introductory Physics I, II
Biological Sciences Colloquium
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirements
General Education Social Science Requirement
Microbial Genetics

Third Year and Fourth Year
Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Track

Survey of Biochemistry, or Molecular Structure in Biochemistry, or Biochemistry 
Introduction to Biostatistics, or Analytical Chemistry with Lab, or Principles of Analytical Chemistry with Lab 
General Education Humanities Requirements  
General Education Communication Requirement 
Trends in Applied Microbiology 
Microbiology Physiology 
Cell Biology 
Molecular Biology or Topics in Biotechnology 
Molecular Biology Lab 
Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Electives 
Biological Sciences Seminar I, II 
Free Electives 

Third Year and Fourth
Medical Microbiology and Immunology Track

Survey of Biochemistry, or Molecular Structure in Biochemistry or Biochemistry 
Introduction to Biostatistics or Analytical Chemistry with Lab or Principles of Analytical Chemistry with Lab 
General Education Humanities Requirements  
General Education Communication Requirement 
Trends in Applied Microbiology 
Microbiology Physiology 
Clinical Microbiology 
Human Parasitology 
Immunobiology or Principles and Applications of Immunology 
Virology 
Medical Microbiology & Immunology Elective 
Biological Sciences Seminar I, II 
Free Electives 

Contact:

Admission Office

Office Location:

Griffith Hall, Room 130

Mailing Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

888-996-8747 or 215-596-8810

Email:

admit@usciences.edu