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 2017; 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
General Education Communication Requirement

Third Year - Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Track

Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Electives
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
Microbial Genetics
Trend in Applied Microbiology
General Education Humanities Requirements

Third Year - Medical Microbiology & Immunology Track

Medical Microbiology & Immunology
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
Microbial Genetics
Clinical Microbiology
Trends in Applied Microbiology
General Education Humanities Requirements

Fourth Year - Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Track

Cell Biology
Molecular Biology Lab
Biological Sciences Seminar I, II
Microbial Physiology
Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology Electives
Free Electives

Fourth Year - Medical Microbiology & Immunology Track

Medical Microbiology & Immunology Elective
Biological Sciences Seminar I, II
Human Parasitology
Clinical Immunology
Virology
Microbial Physiology
Free Elective

Contact:

Admission Office

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600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

888-996-8747 or 215-596-8810

Email:

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